Cold-water corals and hydrochemistry - is there a unifying link?.

Flögel, Sascha, Rüggeberg, Andres, Mienis, Furu and Dullo, Wolf-Christian (2010) Cold-water corals and hydrochemistry - is there a unifying link?. [Talk] In: EGU General Assembly. , 02.05.-07.05.2010, Vienna, Austria . Geophysical Research Abstracts. ; EGU2010-9369 .

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Physical and chemical parameters were measured in five different regions of the Northeast Atlantic with known occurrences of cold-water coral reefs and mounds and in the Mediterranean, where these corals form living carpets over existing morphologies. In this study we analyzed 282 bottom water samples regarding delta13CDIC, delta18O, and DIC. The hydrochemical data reveal characteristic patterns and differences for cold-water coral sites with living coral communities and ongoing reef and mound growth at the Irish and Norwegian sites. While the localities in the Mediterranean, in the Gulf of Cadiz, and off Mauritania show only patchy coral growth on mound-like reliefs and various substrates.
The analysis of delta13C/delta18O reveals distinct clusters for the different regions and the respective bottom water masses bathing the delta18O, and especially between delta13CDIC and DIC shows that DIC is a parameter with high sensitivity to the mixing of bottom water masses. It varies distinctively between sites with living reefs/mounds and sites with restricted patchy growth or dead corals. Results suggest that DIC and delta13CDIC can provide additional insights into the mixing of bottom water masses.
Prolific cold-water coral growth forming giant biogenic structures plot into a narrow geochemical window
characterized by a variation of delta13CDIC between 0.45 and 0.79 per mille being associated with the water mass
having a density of sigma-theta of 27.5+-0.15 kg m-3.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)
Keywords: Corals; Hydrology
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-MG Marine Geosystems
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Publisher: Copernicus Ges.
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 08:11
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 14:59
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/8917

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