A new method for simultaneous analysis of nickel, copper and zinc isotopes in seawater

Takano and co-workers (2017, see reference below) have developed a new method to determine nickel (Ni), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) isotopes in seawater. This method is very simple and rapid only using single chelating extraction and single anion exchange. First, target metals are extracted from seawater by NOBIAS Chelate PA-1 resin. Then, target metals […]

Apr / 18 / 2017

What controls the copper isotopic composition in oceanic waters?

Takano and co-workers (2014, see reference below) strongly suggest that the isotopic composition of dissolved copper (δ65Cu) in surface seawater is mainly controlled by supply from rivers, the atmosphere and deep seawater. This is the conclusion of a study involving six vertical profiles of copper (Cu) concentration and isotopes measured in the Indian (1) and […]

Dec / 19 / 2014

Organic copper complexation may stabilise seawater stable copper isotopic composition

Three deep-sea profiles were produced for the analysis of copper (Cu) concentration, along a transect covering very different biogeochemical regions: the oligotrophic North Tasman Sea (30ºS), the Tasman Front (40°S) and the productive waters of the Southern Ocean in the south (46°S). Despite these differences, the Cu isotope composition of all three profiles was relatively […]

Sep / 22 / 2014

Undocumented cadmium, zinc and copper sink in oxygen minimum zones

Cadmium (Cd) is a micronutrient for marine algae and has a marine distribution similar to the macronutrients nitrate and phosphate. The use of sedimentary microfossil records of Cd, thus, allow reconstructions of past ocean nutrient distributions that facilitate the understanding of the role of the oceans in the carbon cycle and climate change. However, this […]

Jun / 11 / 2014

Copper and zinc oceanic mass balance revisited

Little and co-workers (2014; see reference below) propose an update of the oceanic copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) mass balance, with the original approach that takes into account the hitherto ignored constraint of their isotopes. They establish an up-to-date inventory of the input fluxes of these tracers with their isotopic signatures, discuss the internal processes […]

May / 27 / 2014