Manganese biogeochemistry in the sunlit ocean = Die Biogeochemie des Mangans in der euphotischen Zone.

Wuttig, Kathrin (2013) Manganese biogeochemistry in the sunlit ocean = Die Biogeochemie des Mangans in der euphotischen Zone. (PhD/ Doctoral thesis), Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Kiel, Germany, 199 pp.

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The trace metal manganese (Mn) plays a significant role in seawater as it is bio-essential for phytoplankton. Mn plays a critical role as a redox center in Photosystem II (PSII) during the conversion of water to oxygen in photosynthesis. It is also essential in other redox related enzymatic processes; in particular Mn is important as the active metal center in superoxide dismutase (SOD) which provides intracellular protection against oxidative stress due to photochemically produced superoxide (O2 ). Mn exists in seawater in three redox states: soluble and prevalent Mn(II), insoluble Mn(III) and Mn(IV)-oxides. In the euphotic zone the biogeochemical cycling of Mn is strongly influenced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The highly reactive and short-lived superoxide (O2 ) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) can both act as oxidants and reductants, and they play a key role in the Mn processes in seawater. For example the dominant Mn sources to the open ocean are the Mn-oxides which are present in atmospheric dust which are reduced to soluble Mn(II) by photochemically produced H2O2. While these processes have been crudely identified, the dominant reactions and mechanisms of Mn and ROS in seawater are poorly understood. This lack of knowledge demands investigations into the in-situ dissolution processes of Mn from dust and into studying the exact reaction mechanisms between Mn and ROS in the euphotic zone. This thesis comprises four manuscripts. Manuscripts 1 and 2 (Wuttig et al., subm., 2013a; Wuttig et al., subm., 2013b) focus on the cycling and reaction mechanisms of Mn and ROS. Manuscript 3 (Wuttig et al., in prep., 2013) addresses differences in the input and distribution of cadmium (Cd), iron (Fe) and Mn in the Eastern Tropical Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde, and manuscript 4 (Wuttig et al., 2013) describes Mn cycling after dust additions in a trace metal clean mesocosm experiment in the Mediterranean Sea. This study has conclusively shown that Mn and organic matter are the dominant sinks for O2 in the Eastern Tropical North Atlantic (manuscripts 1; Wuttig et al., subm., 2013a). Mn dominates this decay especially in the surface waters which are influenced by high atmospheric dust deposition and near the sediment/water interface due to Mn sediment resuspension. This contrasts with current knowledge based on findings from the Mn poor Southern Ocean where copper (Cu) was shown to be the major sink. In manuscript 2 it is demonstrated that O2 decays by reaction with inorganic Mn(II) in seawater following a first order loss rate which appears to involve a catalytic reaction involving the Mn(II)/MnO2+ couple, in which MnO2+ is a manganous superoxide complex (Wuttig et al., subm., 2013a). Thus in sunlit and oxygenated waters Mn(III) is unlikely to be found in significant concentrations when strong Mn(III) binding ligands are not present. In other studies Mn(III) was found under anoxic conditions in the presence of unknown strong Mn(III) binding ligands. Therefore, in contrast to the Mn(II)/MnO2+ pair, Mn(III) cannot act as a SOD in the oxygenated surface ocean. In the Eastern Tropical North Atlantic Ocean atmospheric dust is the main source of Mn to surface waters (manuscript 3; Wuttig et al., in prep., 2013). However this study provides clear evidence that equatorial upwelling and sediment resuspension are important Mn sources in this region. In contrast to findings from the Eastern Tropical Pacific, where unexpected high surface concentrations were observed, no secondary Mn(II) maximum was found in the Eastern Tropical North Atlantic Ocean. This could have been introduced by a combination of lateral transport of Mn rich waters from the coastal margins and reduction of Mn-oxides. While Aeolian sources were predominantly influencing Mn and also Fe cycling in the Eastern Tropical Atlantic, Cd was not controlled by dust deposition (manuscript 3; Wuttig et al., in prep., 2013). These biologically relevant elements exhibited contrasting distribution patterns. For Fe and Mn, atmospheric depositions masked a classical nutrient type profile, while Cd was very depleted at the surface and concentrations steadily increased with depth. Cd was highly correlated to Phosphate (hereafter referred to as P). The Cd/P ratio was mainly controlled by P with elevated concentrations at depth resulting in strongly differing ratios in surface and subsurface layers of 16.6 pmol / µmol and 237 pmol / µmol, respectively. The complex photochemical processes during the dissolution of Mn dust are also subject of manuscript 4. This paper describes a mesocosm project in the Mediterranean with two consecutive additions of evapocondensed dust conducted. The data also show that the dissolution and loss rates of Mn were comparable during both seedings. The calculated fractional solubilities for the first and the second dust addition were 41 ± 9 % and 27 ± 19 %, respectively. The results presented in this thesis have significantly improved our understanding of Mn distribution and especially cycling in the euphotic zone. An insight into the mechanisms between Mn and ROS and into the dissolution processes from dust is given.

Document Type: Thesis (PhD/ Doctoral thesis)
Keywords: Mn, Cu, Fe, trace metals, ROS, superoxide (O2-), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), OMZ; Annette-Barthelt-Preis
Research affiliation: OceanRep > SFB 754 > B5
OceanRep > SFB 754
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Projects: SFB754, Annette-Barthelt-Preis
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 10:51
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 12:26

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