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Climatic significance of the hydrogen isotope ratios in tree cellulose

Yapp, Crayton J. and Epstein, Samuel (1982) Climatic significance of the hydrogen isotope ratios in tree cellulose. Nature, 297 (5868). pp. 636-639. ISSN 0028-0836. doi:10.1038/297636a0.

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A distinct relationship exists between the δD values of cellulose carbon bound hydrogen in trees and average annual temperature for a variety of trees from a wide range over North America. The slope of the δD/T relationship is 5.8‰°C^(−1). Samples of annual precipitation covering much the same geographical range as the trees exhibit a comparable temperature coefficient of 5.6‰°C^(−1). Such growth-site conditions as poor drainage and/or low relative humidity seem to perturb the spatial δD/T relationship. However, our data indicate that suitable tree growth sites are more the rule than the exception.

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Additional Information:© 1982 Macmillan Journals Ltd. Received 31 December 1981; accepted 18 March 1982. We thank everyone who provided samples for this work (see ref. 3 for names). NSF grant ATM80-18830 supported this research. This is contribution no. 3691 of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology.
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Official Citation:Climatic significance of the hydrogen isotope ratios in tree cellulose 636-639 Crayton J. Yapp & Samuel Epstein doi:10.1038/297636a0
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