Deuterium Content of Peat as a Paleoclimatic Recorder

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Science  04 Feb 1972:
Vol. 175, Issue 4021, pp. 512-513
DOI: 10.1126/science.175.4021.512


During the transformation of vegetable matter into peat the initial deuterium concentration decreases systematically with increasing carbon content. From this relationship the original deuterium content of the plants that formed the peat in Dutch peat bogs can be derived, and the values obtained can be correlated with past summer temperatures in the Netherlands.