Cadmium isotopes, tracers of the cadmium sequestration as cadmium sulphide in oxygen minimum zone?

The linear relationship between the seawater cadmium and phosphate dissolved concentrations lead to use the cadmium/calcium (Cd/Ca) imprinted in calcareous archives to reconstruct the past phosphate (PO4) distributions. However, variations in the Cd/PO4 ratio between different water masses and within vertical oceanic profiles were recently identified. Among the processes that could explain these variations, sequestration […]

Jan / 07 / 2019

Using chromium isotopes to reconstruct the oxygenation history of the oceans is challenged by modern data

Analyses of seawater chromium (Cr) concentrations and isotopes in diverse marine environments (Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans) reveal a strong correlation between Cr isotope composition (δ53Cr) and Cr concentration. High δ53Cr values and low Cr concentration reflect losses of isotopically light Cr in neritic environments. Contrastingly, open ocean waters with low δ53Cr values and high […]

Mar / 07 / 2016

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