The complex provenance of Cu-binding ligands in the South-East Atlantic.

Zitoun, R., Achterberg, Eric P. , Browning, Thomas J. , Hoffmann, Linn J., Krisch, Stephan , Sander, Sylvia G. and Koschinsky, A. (2021) The complex provenance of Cu-binding ligands in the South-East Atlantic. Open Access Marine Chemistry, 237 . Art.Nr. 104047. DOI 10.1016/j.marchem.2021.104047.

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Abstract

Highlights

• Cu speciation was investigated for the first time in the South-East Atlantic using CLE-AdCSV.

• [Cu2+] were mostly below the putative biolimiting threshold of various marine microorganisms.

• Cu speciation parameters showed a poor correlation with assessed biogeochemical parameters.

• Spatial differences in Cu speciation parameters suggest that biogeochemical processes and sources strongly influence Cu speciation.

Organic ligands play a key role in the marine biogeochemical cycle of copper (Cu), a bio-essential element, regulating its solubility and bioavailability. However, the sources, abundance, and distribution of these ligands are still poorly understood. In this study, we examined vertical Cu speciation profiles from the South-East Atlantic (GEOTRACES section GA08). Profiles were collected from a range of ocean conditions, including the Benguela upwelling region, the oligotrophic South Atlantic Gyre, and the Congo River outflow. In general, the lack of a significant correlation between most of the parameters assessed here with Cu speciation data obscures the provenance of Cu-binding ligands, suggesting that Cu speciation in the South-East Atlantic is influenced by a complex interplay between biotic and abiotic processes. Nevertheless, the total dissolved Cu (CuT) illustrated an allochthonous origin in the working area, while Cu-binding ligands showed both an allochthonous and a biogenic, autochthonous origin. Pigment concentrations showed that the phylogeography of different microorganisms influenced the spatial features of the Cu-binding ligand pool in the South-East Atlantic. Allochthonous Cu-binding ligand sources in the upper water column are likely associated with dissolved organic matter which originated from the Congo River and the Benguela upwelling system. Deep water ligand sources could include refractory dissolved organic carbon (DOC), resuspended benthic inputs, and lateral advected inputs from the shelf margin. The degradation of L1-type ligands and/or siderophores in low oxygen conditions may also be a source of L2-type ligands in the deep. Free Cu ion levels (1.7 to 156 fM), the biologically available form of CuT, were below the putative biolimiting threshold of many marine organisms. Two classes of ligands were found in this study with total ligand concentrations ([LT]) ranging from 2.5 to 283.0 nM and conditional stability constants (logKCuL, Cu2+cond) ranging from 10.7 to 14.6. The Cu speciation values were spatially variable across the three subregions, suggesting that biogeochemical processes and sources strongly influence Cu speciation.

Highlights

• Cu speciation was investigated for the first time in the South-East Atlantic using CLE-AdCSV.

• [Cu2+] were mostly below the putative biolimiting threshold of various marine microorganisms.

• Cu speciation parameters showed a poor correlation with assessed biogeochemical parameters.

• Spatial differences in Cu speciation parameters suggest that biogeochemical processes and sources strongly influence Cu speciation.

Document Type: Article
Funder compliance: DFG:KO-2906/11-1 ; DFG:AC 217/1-1
Keywords: GEOTRACES G08, Angola Basin, Cape Basin, Benguela upwelling, Organic ligands, Dissolved Cu, Cu speciation
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS > Marine Mineralische Rohstoffe
NIOZ
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography > FB2-CH Water column biogeochemistry
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Main POF Topic: PT8: Georesources
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 12:27
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 15:44
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/54312

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