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Rare Earth Element distribution in the NE Atlantic: Evidence for benthic sources, longevity of the seawater signal, and biogeochemical cycling

Crocket, Kirsty; Hill, Emily; Abell, Richard; Johnson, Clare; Gary, Stefan; Brand, Tim; Hathorne, E.


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{
  "DOI": "10.3389/fmars.2018.00147", 
  "container_title": "Frontiers in Marine Science", 
  "title": "Rare Earth Element distribution in the NE Atlantic: Evidence for benthic sources, longevity of the seawater signal, and biogeochemical cycling", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2018, 
        4, 
        30
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>Seawater rare earth element (REE) concentrations are increasingly applied to reconstruct</p>\n\n<p>water mass histories by exploiting relative changes in the distinctive normalised patterns.</p>\n\n<p>However, the mechanisms by which water masses gain their patterns are yet to be</p>\n\n<p>fully explained. To examine this, we collected water samples along the Extended Ellett</p>\n\n<p>Line (EEL), an oceanographic transect between Iceland and Scotland, and measured</p>\n\n<p>dissolved REE by offline automated chromatography (SeaFAST) and ICP-MS. The</p>\n\n<p>proximity to two continental boundaries, the incipient spring bloom coincident with the</p>\n\n<p>timing of the cruise, and the importance of deep water circulation in this climatically</p>\n\n<p>sensitive gateway region make it an ideal location to investigate sources of REE to</p>\n\n<p>seawater and the effects of vertical cycling and lateral advection on their distribution. The</p>\n\n<p>deep waters have REE concentrations closest to typical North Atlantic seawater and are</p>\n\n<p>dominated by lateral advection. Comparison to published seawater REE concentrations</p>\n\n<p>of the same water masses in other locations provides a first measure of the temporal</p>\n\n<p>and spatial stability of the seawater REE signal. We demonstrate the REE pattern is</p>\n\n<p>replicated for Iceland-Scotland OverflowWater (ISOW) in the Iceland Basin from adjacent</p>\n\n<p>stations sampled 16 years previously. A recently published Labrador Sea Water (LSW)</p>\n\n<p>dissolved REE signal is reproduced in the Rockall Trough but shows greater light and</p>\n\n<p>mid REE alteration in the Iceland Basin, possibly due to the dominant effect of ISOW</p>\n\n<p>and/or continental inputs. An obvious concentration gradient from seafloor sediments to</p>\n\n<p>the overlying water column in the Rockall Trough, but not the Iceland Basin, highlights</p>\n\n<p>release of light and mid REE from resuspended sediments and pore waters, possibly</p>\n\n<p>a seasonal effect associated with the timing of the spring bloom in each basin. The</p>\n\n<p>EEL dissolved oxygen minimum at the permanent pycnocline corresponds to positive</p>\n\n<p>heavy REE enrichment, indicating maximum rates of organic matter remineralisation</p>\n\n<p>and associated REE release. We tentatively suggest a bacterial role to account for the</p>\n\n<p>observed heavy REE deviations. This study highlights the need for fully constrained</p>\n\n<p>REE sources and sinks, including the temporary nature of some sources, to achieve</p>\n\n<p>a balanced budget of seawater REE.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Crocket, Kirsty"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Hill, Emily"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Abell, Richard"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Johnson, Clare"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Gary, Stefan"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Brand, Tim"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Hathorne, E."
    }
  ], 
  "volume": "5", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "1323738"
}
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