Calcium Carbonate Saturation in Northeastern Pacific: In Situ Determination and Geochemical Implications

S. Ben-Yaakov, E. Ruth, I. R. Kaplan

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Abstract

In situ measurements by calcite and aragonite saturometry in the intermediate waters of the northeastern Pacific, indicate that these waters are close to saturation with respect to calcite. It is proposed that the carbonate compensation depth in this region is mainly controlled by the degree of carbonate saturation of ocean waters. If this suggestion is correct, then the carbonate compensation depth can be shown to be directly related to the alkalinity and nutrient cycles in the oceans. Three independent factors seem to control the depth of carbonate compensation: bottom topography, nutrient recycling rate (oceanic mixing) and a dependency factor relating biogenic CaCO3 production to nutrient availability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalDeep-Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1974
Externally publishedYes

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