A dendrochemical study of Pinus sylvestris from Siljansfors Experimental Forest, central Sweden
Pearson, C. L., Manning, S. W., Coleman, M. L. and Jarvis, K. (2005) A dendrochemical study of Pinus sylvestris from Siljansfors Experimental Forest, central Sweden. In: Meeting of the European-Union-of-Geosciences, Vienna, AUSTRIA, pp. 1681-1691.
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2006.07.006
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to investigate changes in trace element concentration in two high resolution sequences of tree rings from central Sweden. Individual annual growth increments from 18002002 to 1930-2002 were sampled from two Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) trees from the Siljansfors Experimental Forest. The aims of the study were: to test the viability of conventional solution induction ICP-MS as a technique for investigating the multi-elemental chemistry of long tree ring sequences at annual resolution, and, to test this specifically with a view to detecting changes in elemental concentrations of Swedish tree rings contemporary with the major (and relatively proximal) Icelandic eruption of Askja (1875). It was found that despite a time consuming sample preparation process, it was possible to use conventional ICP-MS for multi-elemental analysis of a long sequence of tree rings at annual resolution. Although promising data were produced, no truly conclusive concentration anomaly could be detected in the sequence to indicate the impact of the Askja eruption on environmental chemistry. Overall findings underlined the complexity of the tree/environment interaction and the cautious approach to data interpretation essential for any dendrochemical study. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.