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Research article 06 Aug 2013

Research article | 06 Aug 2013

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The B/Ca proxy for past seawater carbonate chemistry reconstructions-laser ablation based calibrations for C. mundulus, C. wuellerstorfi and its morphotype C. cf. wuellerstorfi

F. Kersten1, R. Tiedemann1, J. Fietzke2, and M. Frische2 F. Kersten et al.
  • 1Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar-und Meeresforschung, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 2GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany

Abstract. B/Ca ratios in Cibicides mundulus and Cibicides wuellerstorfi have been shown to correlate with the degree of calcite saturation in seawater (Δ[CO32−]). In the South Pacific, a region of high importance in the global carbon cycle, these species are not continuously present in down-core records. Small numbers of epibenthic foraminifera in samples present an additional challenge, which can be overcome by using laser ablation-inductively coupled-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). We present a laser ablation based core-top calibration for Cibicides cf. wuellerstorfi, a C. wuellerstorfi morphotype that is abundant in the South Pacific and extend the existing global core top calibration for C. mundulus and C. wuellerstorfi to this region. B/Ca in C. cf. wuellerstorfi are linearly correlated with Δ[CO32−] and possibly display a higher sensitivity to calcite saturation changes than C. wuellerstorfi. Trace element profiles through C. wuellerstorfi and C. mundulus reveal an intra-shell B/Ca variation of ±36% around the mean shell value. Mg/Ca and B/Ca display opposite trends along the shell. Both phenomena likely result from ontogenetic effects. Intra-shell variability equals intra-sample variability, mean sample B/Ca values can thus be reliably calculated from averaged spot results of single specimen. In the global B/Ca–Δ[CO32−] range, we observe an inverse relationship between water mass age and Δ[CO32−].

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