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dc.contributor.authorCohen, Anne L.
dc.contributor.authorSohn, Robert A.
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-23T19:23:23Z
dc.date.available2010-04-23T19:23:23Z
dc.date.issued2004-08-21
dc.identifier.citationGeophysical Research Letters 31 (2004): L16310en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1912/3310
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2004. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 31 (2004): L16310, doi:10.1029/2004GL020600.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe strontium-to-calcium ratio (Sr/Ca) of reef coral skeleton is an important tool for reconstructing past sea surface temperatures (SSTs). However, the accuracy of paleoSSTs derived from fossil coral Sr/Ca is challenged by evidence that physiological processes influence skeletal chemistry. Here we show that water level variations from tidal forcing are correlated with changes in coral Sr/Ca that cannot be accounted for by changes in SST. Ion microprobe measurements of Sr/Ca ratios in a Pacific Porites lutea reveal high-frequency variations at periods of ~6, ~10, and ~25 days. The relationship between Sr/Ca and temperature on these short timescales does not follow trends observed at longer periods, indicating that an additional forcing is required to explain our observations. We demonstrate that Sr/Ca is correlated with both tidal water level variations and SST, and that their contributions to the Sr/Ca content of the skeleton vary as a function of period. We propose that water level influences Sr/Ca indirectly via modulation of photosynthetically-active radiation (PAR) that drives large changes in zooxanthellate photosynthesis.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by WHOI Ocean Life Institute grant 25051316 to ALC; NSF grants EAR-9628749 and EAR-9904400 to the WHOI Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility; DAMD 17-93-J-3052 supported ALC’s fieldwork on JA.en_US
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dc.publisherAmerican Geophysical Unionen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004GL020600
dc.titleTidal modulation of Sr/Ca ratios in a Pacific reef coralen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1029/2004GL020600


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