On the sedimentological origin of down-core variations of bulk sedimentary nitrogen isotope ratios


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dc.contributor.author Kienast, Markus
dc.contributor.author Higginson, M. J.
dc.contributor.author Mollenhauer, Gesine
dc.contributor.author Eglinton, Timothy I.
dc.contributor.author Chen, Min-Te
dc.contributor.author Calvert, Stephen E.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-12T14:08:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-12T14:08:10Z
dc.date.issued 2005-05-27
dc.identifier.citation Paleoceanography 20 (2005): PA2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/3435
dc.description Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2005. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Paleoceanography 20 (2005): PA2009, doi:10.1029/2004PA001081. en_US
dc.description.abstract The bulk sedimentary nitrogen isotopic composition of two cores from nearby sites on the northern slope of the South China Sea (Site 17940 and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 1144) differs by up to >2‰ during the last glacial period. Given their close proximity, both core sites are located in the same biogeographic zone and nutrient regime, and it is thus unlikely that this offset is due to a true gradient in surface ocean conditions. In an attempt to resolve this offset, we have investigated the possible effects of two sedimentological parameters that can affect bulk sedimentary δ15N, namely, the variable contribution of inorganic N to bulk N in the sediment and the grain-size dependence of bulk δ15N. We find that neither effect, singly or in combination, is sufficient to explain the significant δ15N offset between the two down-core records. By elimination the most likely explanation for the observed discrepancy is a different origin of both the organic and inorganic nitrogen at each site. This study adds to the growing body of evidence highlighting the complex nature and origin of the sedimentary components in sediment drifts, such as ODP Site 1144. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding from NSERC Canada (to S.E.C. and M.K.) and NSF (OCE-0214365 and OCE-0318371 to M.J.H. and OCE-0327405 to T.I.E.) is gratefully acknowledged, as well as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Fellowships (M.K. and G.M.), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry (M.J.H.), and a Geological Society of America student research grant (M.K.). en_US
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dc.publisher American Geophysical Union en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004PA001081
dc.subject Sediment drift en_US
dc.subject South China Sea en_US
dc.subject Nitrogen isotopes en_US
dc.title On the sedimentological origin of down-core variations of bulk sedimentary nitrogen isotope ratios en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1029/2004PA001081

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