Science Highlights

Some recent GEOTRACES science findings are reported below.

A new proxy for ocean iron bioavailability

The approach established and verified in this study, opens a new way for determining dissolved iron bioavailability in samples across the ocean.

23.07.2021

Scavenging differentiates the distribution of cadmium, nickel, zinc and copper in the North Pacific Ocean

Zheng and co-authors observed sectional distributions of cadmium, nickel, zinc, and copper in the North Pacific Ocean during three GEOTRACES related cruises…

19.07.2021

Surprising conservativity of trace metals along a costal embayment salinity gradient

Chen and co-workers analyzed an array of trace metals together with Rare Earth Elements in a salinity gradient in the Jinhae Bay, the largest semi-enclosed bay in South Korea…

08.07.2021

Measuring actinium-227 by mass spectrometry is feasible, sensitive and reliable!

Levier and co-authors have developed a new protocol measurement of the dissolved actinium in seawater.

05.07.2021

Pros and cons of carbon, nitrogen and silicon as tracers of modern and paleo-productivity

Farmer and colleagues review the geochemical proxies based upon sedimentary isotope ratios of three abundant biologically mediated elements.

01.07.2021

Pros and cons of nine bioactive trace elements as tracers of modern and paleo-productivity

Horner and co-authors assess whether nine bioactive trace metals and their isotopes can be used as paleo-productivity proxies.

30.06.2021

Controls of cadmium-phosphate systematic unraveled by Neural Networks and Ocean Circulation Inverse Model

Roshan and DeVries explore the similarities and contrasts between oceanic cadmium and phosphate cycles using an Artificial Neural Network mapping technique and Ocean Circulation Inverse Model.

23.06.2021

Retreat of large marine-terminating glaciers may increase iron supply to surface waters

The findings demonstrate that glacial retreat and loss of ice-shelves may potentially result in increases in dissolved iron supply to surface waters downstream of large marine terminating glaciers in future.

31.05.2021

A new and more quantitative atlas of the deep-sea burial fluxes of major and trace elements

Among other findings, authors find that the new opal flux is roughly a factor of two increase over previous estimates having important implications for the global silicon cycle.

21.05.2021

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