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Distribution of dissolved and particulate metals in Antarctic sea ice


Lannuzel, D and Bowie, AR and Van Der Merwe, P and Townsend, AT and Schoemann, V, Distribution of dissolved and particulate metals in Antarctic sea ice, Marine Chemistry: An International Journal for Studies of All Chemical Aspects of The Marine Environment, 124, (1-4) pp. 134-146. ISSN 0304-4203 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2011.01.004


Samples were collected in East Antarctic sea ice in late winter/early austral spring 2007 to assess the distributions of Al, Cr, Mn, Cu, Zn, Mo, Cd and Ba. Total dissolved (b0.2 ìm) and particulate (N0.2 ìm) concentrations were measured by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Sector Field Mass Spectrometry (ICP-SFMS) in snow, pack ice and fast ice. Particulate concentrations were also determined in underlying seawater for these elements. The concentrations of particulate metals were one to two orders of magnitude higher in sea ice than in snow and seawater, except for Mo and Cr. Barite maxima in sea ice vertical profiles at all sites may indicate heterotrophic activity. Particulate Al and Mn distributions suggest a signal from Antarctica's shelf sediments. Dissolved metals were one order of magnitude higher in sea ice as compared to snow, although they were not enriched in sea ice as compared to data reported in the literature for Antarctic surface waters. An analysis of dissolved-to-total metal ratios showed that all studied metals were found almost exclusively in the dissolved phase in Antarctic pack ice. Dissolved metals distributions indicate that spatial variability does not seem to be strong. Our results also demonstrate that dissolved Al, Cr, Mo and Ba behaved conservatively with bulk ice salinity gradients. This would confirm the main source of trace metals to Antarctic sea ice comes from seawater and not from direct atmospheric deposition. Dissolved bioactive metals Mn, Cu, Zn and Cd concentrations were scattered when plotted against bulk ice salinity, but did not show a seasonal decrease nor reach limitation status. Finally, seasonal ice melt does not seem to contribute significantly to the supply of dissolved bioactive metals, other than Fe, to Antarctic surface waters.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sea ice; metals; Antarctic
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lannuzel, D (Associate Professor Delphine Lannuzel)
UTAS Author:Bowie, AR (Professor Andrew Bowie)
UTAS Author:Van Der Merwe, P (Dr Pier van der Merwe)
UTAS Author:Townsend, AT (Associate Professor Ashley Townsend)
UTAS Author:Schoemann, V (Dr Veronique Schoemann)
ID Code:76022
Year Published:2011
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0985361)
Web of Science® Times Cited:57
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-02-22
Last Modified:2018-03-28
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