Boron incorporation in the foraminifer amphistegina lessonii under a decoupled carbonate chemistry

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Kaczmarek, K.; Langer, G.; Nehrke, G.; Horn, I.; Misra, S. et al.: Boron incorporation in the foraminifer amphistegina lessonii under a decoupled carbonate chemistry. In: Biogeosciences 12 (2015), Nr. 6, S. 1753-1763. DOI:

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A number of studies have shown that the boron isotopic composition (delta B-11) and the B / Ca ratio of biogenic carbonates (mostly foraminifers) can serve as proxies for two parameters of the ocean's carbonate chemistry, rendering it possible to calculate the entire carbonate system. However, the B incorporation mechanism into marine carbonates is still not fully understood and analyses of field samples show species-specific and hydrographic effects on the B proxies complicating their application. Identifying the carbonate system parameter influencing boron incorporation is difficult due to the co-variation of pH, CO32- and B(OH)(4)(-). To shed light on the question which parameter of the carbonate system is related to the boron incorporation, we performed culture experiments with the benthic symbiont-bearing foraminifer Amphistegina lessonii using a decoupled pH-CO32- chemistry. The determination of the delta B-11 and B / Ca ratios was performed simultaneously by means of a new in situ technique combining optical emission spectroscopy and laser ablation MC-ICP-MS. The boron isotopic composition in the tests gets heavier with increasing pH and B / Ca increases with increasing B(OH)(4)(-) / HCO3- of the culture media. The latter indicates that boron uptake of A. lessonii features a competition between B(OH)(4)(-) and HCO3-. Furthermore, the simultaneous determination of B / Ca and delta B-11 on single specimens allows for assessing the relative variability of these parameters. Among different treatments the B / Ca shows an increasing variability with increasing boron concentration in the test whereas the variability in the isotope distribution is constant.
License of this version: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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Issue Date: 2015
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