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Elemental and isotopic signatures of terrestrial organic matter along the Delta coastline of Lena River (Laptev Sea)

Dudarev Oleg1, Charkin Alexander1, Ruban Aleksey2, Pipko Irina1, Pugach Svetlana1, Wild Birgit3,4, Leusov Andrey1, Tesi Tomasso5, Martens Jannik3, Semiletov Igor1,2,6, Shakhova Natalia2,6, and Gustafsson Örjan3
Dudarev Oleg et al.
  • 1Pacific Oceanological Institute, Vladivostok, Russian Federation (
  • 2Tomsk Polytechic University, Tomsk, Russian Federation
  • 3Stockholm University, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 4Stockholm University, Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 5Instituto di Scienze Marine, Bologna, Italy
  • 6University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA

A complex multydisciplinary oceanographic research was carried out along 358 km transect along the Lena Delta coastline (DCL): 58 stations were accomplished in 7 days in early September 2009. Our study focuses on structure of bottom sediments, dynamics of suspended particulate matter (SPM), content of particulate organic carbon (POC), total nitrogen (ON), C/N value, stable carbon (δ13С) and nitrogen isotopes (δ15N). It has been found a close connection between channels morthology, tectonic features and distribution of bottom sediments, SPM, water runoff along the DCL.

Neotectonic movements happened about 6,000 yr BP led to uplift of the DCL western part, which caused  redistribution of river runoff to the eastern channels of the DCL. The boundary between these “tectonic” parts of the DCL is the submeridional fault, to which the Tumatsky Channel is currently confined. Shelf waters with salinity (S) > 20‰ penetrated to the channel mouth, causing formation of a frontal hydrological zone with increased gradients of thermohaline characteristics. Almost fresh river waters (S<1 ‰) are distributed along the eastern part of the DCL (EDCL), and brackish water are distributed to the west of Tumatsky Channel (WDCL). The differences in the SPM average content between EDCL and WDCL are only 1.5 times, but the density of the river net in EDCL is almost 3 times higher. The reason is a more intense sedimentation of the SPM, causing the DCL progradation to the east and northeast of Laptev Sea. This is supported by 2-fold decrease by SPM from the inlets of Sardakhskaya, Bykovskaya and Trofimovskaya Channels to their mouths. Only fine SPM remain in transfer from the central DCL to the mixing water zone “river-sea”. A circumterral narrow strip of sand-silt sediments formed along the DCL’s edge, and a vast field of relict sands is distributed near the northwestern elevated ledge of the delta (WDCL). Seaward direction from DCL sand-silt sediments are quickly replaced by silt-mud. The average POC content in EDCL and WDCL, respectively, is 1.6 and 2.7%; average C-13 isotopic signal is -26.5 and -26.0 ‰; average C/N values are 9.8 and 9.3. That is confirmed by similar terrestrial geochemical signature in the nearshore sediments adjacent to EDCL and WDCL

Acknowledgements. This study was supported by Ministry of Science and Education of Russia (project № АААА-А17-117030110039-2), the Russian Science Foundation (grants № 19-17-00058), the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grants №№ 18-05-70047, 18-05-00559, 19-77-00016, 20-05-00545).

How to cite: Oleg, D., Alexander, C., Aleksey, R., Irina, P., Svetlana, P., Birgit, W., Andrey, L., Tomasso, T., Jannik, M., Igor, S., Natalia, S., and Örjan, G.: Elemental and isotopic signatures of terrestrial organic matter along the Delta coastline of Lena River (Laptev Sea), EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-12326,, 2020