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  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
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    Publication Date: 2018-02-14
    Description: Hurricane-induced rainfall over Puerto Rico has characteristic δ 18 O values which are more negative than local rainfall events. Thus, hurricanes may be recorded in speleothems from Larga cave, Puerto Rico, as characteristic oxygen isotope excursions. Samples of 84 local rainfall events between 2012 and 2013 ranged from -6.2 to +0.3 ‰ , whereas nine rainfall samples belonging to a rain band of hurricane Isaac (23-24 August 2012) ranged from -11.8 to -7.1 ‰. Cave monitoring covered the hurricane season of 2014 and investigated the impact of hurricane rainfall on drip water chemistry. δ 18 O values were measured in cumulative monthly rainwater samples above the cave. Inside the cave, δ 18 O values of instantaneous drip water samples were analyzed and drip rates were recorded at six drip sites. Most effective recharge appears to occur during the wet months (April-May and August-November). δ 18 O values of instantaneous drip water samples ranged from -3.5 to -2.4 ‰ . In April 2014 and April 2015 some drip sites showed more negative δ 18 O values than the effective rainfall (-2.9 ‰), implying an influence of hurricane rainfall reaching the cave via stratified seepage flow months to years after the event. Speleothems from these drip sites in Larga cave have a high potential for paleotempestology studies.
    Print ISSN: 0148-0227
    Topics: Biology , Geosciences
    Published by Wiley on behalf of American Geophysical Union (AGU).
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