Present day Nd isotopic composition of seawater and sediment leaches from the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean.

Molina-Kescher, Mario, Frank, Martin and Nürnberg, Dirk (2011) Present day Nd isotopic composition of seawater and sediment leaches from the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean. [Poster] In: AGU Fall Meeting 2011. , 05.12.-09.12.2011, San Francisco, California, USA .

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The Southern Ocean plays a key role in the climate evolution of Earth’s history, nevertheless its biggest region, the Pacific sector, has been poorly investigated in comparison to other regions in many paleoceanographic aspects. Some of them will try to be explained by the SOPATRA Project (SOuth PAcific TRAnsects). One of those aspects is radiogenic isotope compositions. Hereby we present the first εNd data extracted from Fe-Mn hydroxide coatings of bulk sediments from the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean. These surface sediments results, scattered along a longitudinal transect of about 10,000 miles, collected from cruise SO213 from middle Chile to New Zealand (between 36°S and 45°S), represent a reliable overview of the present day Nd isotopic composition of the ambient water masses in this region, and will provide useful information for the interpretation of later downcore studies of this water mass tracer. Multiple analysis were carried out to confirm the reliability of the data as well as the validity of the applied leaching method: 1) Measurements of the present day radiogenic Nd bottom water signatures were compared to the Nd isotope compositions of the leachates in order to verify their seawater origin. 2) The leachates’ 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios were monitored to confirm the holocenic origin of the samples. 3) Radiogenic Nd and Sr compositions of the detrital fraction of the sediment were measured after total dissolution of the same set of samples in order to exclude detrital contamination of leachates. 4) Two different leaching procedures were tested.
Preliminary results show εNd values between -4 and -6, corresponding the lowest values to central south Pacific, which could represent the imprint of the circumpolar deep water moving northward. These findings are in agreement with other authors who extracted bottom water Nd isotope compositions from manganese nodules.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Keywords: Paleoceanography; Geochemistry; Geochemical tracers
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 11:06
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 14:52

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