REGIONAL CORRELATION OF SEDIMENT CORES FROM TEA POND, EUSTIS, ME AND CONROY LAKE, MONTICELLO, ME THROUGH A MULTI-PROXY ANALYSIS OF HOLOCENE SEDIMENTS
This study focuses on the analysis of organic matter (OM) preserved in the sedimentary record and has revealed periods of time at which there are correlations in proxy data between lakes and times at which there are not. Analyses into the source of OM through δ13C and atomic C/N ratios have shown lacustrine algae and C3 vascular plants to be the primary OM sources at both Conroy Lake and Tea Pond. Average OM percentages at Tea Pond are 38.7% and at Conroy Lake are 37.8%. Average CaCO3 percentages at Tea Pond are 13.7% and at Conroy Lake are 17.8%. The higher percent of CaCO3 at Conroy Lake can be explained by the limestone bedrock of the Carys Mills Formation. Analyses have led to the interpretation that correlations represent periods of time during which the paleoenvironmental conditions at each lake were influenced by regional climates. Correlations between OM percentages are observed from 0 - 1,500 14C years BP and at 3,700 - 5,000 14C years BP. Conversely, when correlations are not seen in this data between 1,500 - 3,700 14C years BP, the paleoenvironmental conditions may have been influenced more strongly by local environmental conditions. This study has shown correlations in paleoenvironmental proxies from Tea Pond and Conroy Lake throughout the Holocene, which provide useful data in the reconstruction of Holocene climate.