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Testing the effect of carbonate saturation on the Sr/Ca of biogenic aragonite: A case study from the River Ehen, Cumbria, UK

Bailey, Trevor R. and Lear, Caroline Helen 2006. Testing the effect of carbonate saturation on the Sr/Ca of biogenic aragonite: A case study from the River Ehen, Cumbria, UK. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 7 (3) , Q03019. 10.1029/2005GC001084

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Abstract

It has been suggested that the incorporation of strontium into biogenic aragonite may be influenced by the degree of carbonate saturation in aquatic environments. We measured the Sr/Ca ratios of river water and the aragonitic shells of freshwater bivalves (Margaritifera margaritifera) from two sites with different carbonate saturation states in the River Ehen, Cumbria, UK. Shell Sr/Ca and river water Sr/Ca are 0.1 mmol/mol and 0.42 mmol/mol lower, respectively, at the high carbonate saturation site. However, the distribution coefficients of strontium into aragonite (KD) are the same (∼0.28) at both sites. These analyses show that Sr uptake into aragonite bivalve shells is not affected by the degree of carbonate saturation of the water, perhaps reflecting a strong biological control on trace element incorporation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Q Science > QE Geology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbonate saturation; Sr/Ca; biogenic aragonite; bivalves; Margaritifera margaritifera; River Ehen
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Publisher: American Geophysical Union.
ISSN: 1525-2027
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11551

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