EGU24-18686, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Partitioning of multiple elements as a function of seawater [Ca2+]: results from foraminiferal culture experiments. 

Laura Pacho1, Lennart de Nooijer1, and Gert-Jan Reichart1,2
Laura Pacho et al.
  • 1Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Departement OCS, Netherlands
  • 2Department of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht

Climate reconstructions are important for validating climate models and hence constrain climate change predictions. Such reconstructions are based on indirect tools (proxies) in which a fossil or chemical remnant corresponds to an environmental parameter. When employing foraminifera as proxies, elemental concentrations in their shells have been shown to correlate with environmental parameters including temperature (that determines the calcite’s Mg/Ca), seawater [HCO3-] (Sr/Ca and B/Ca) and [CO32-] (S/Ca). When reconstructing theses parameters on longer geological timescales (i.e. millions of years), the seawater’s major ion concentrations may affect these proxy relationships. Especially the concentration of calcium will affect all of these calcitic elemental ratios and therefore, we varied [Ca2+] in controlled growth experiments to test its effect on incorporation of Mg, Sr, B and S in the benthic foraminifer Amphistegina lessonii. For the divalent cations we find a decrease in the partition coefficient (D) for Mg (DMg) with a changing [Ca2+] (and hence seawater Mg/Ca) while DSr does not vary significantly with [Ca2+]. For SO42- and B(OH)4- against S/Casw and B/Casw respectively, we observe a significant decrease in the partition coefficients with decreasing [Ca2+]. These results gives new information for SO42- and B(OH)4- incorporation and represents a step forward towards comprehending the impact of [Ca2+]sw alterations on foraminiferal calcite chemistry and hence their application as paleoproxies in deep time. 

How to cite: Pacho, L., de Nooijer, L., and Reichart, G.-J.: Partitioning of multiple elements as a function of seawater [Ca2+]: results from foraminiferal culture experiments. , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-18686,, 2024.