Biogeosciences, 10, 4591-4606, 2013
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Research article
10 Jul 2013
The influence of temperature and seawater carbonate saturation state on 13C–18O bond ordering in bivalve mollusks
R. A. Eagle1,2, J. M. Eiler2, A. K. Tripati1,3, J. B. Ries4, P. S. Freitas5, C. Hiebenthal6, A. D. Wanamaker Jr.7, M. Taviani8,9, M. Elliot10, S. Marenssi11, K. Nakamura12, P. Ramirez12, and K. Roy13 1Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
3Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
4Department of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
5Divisão de Geologia e Georecursos Marinhos, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA), Av. de Brasília s/n, 1449-006 Lisbon, Portugal
6Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel, Germany
7Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
8ISMAR-CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
9Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 266 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
10Université de Nantes, CNRS UMR6112, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, rue de la Houssinière, Nantes, France
11Instituto Antártico Argentino, Cerrito 1248, C1010AAZ Buenos Aires, Argentina
12Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA
13Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093, USA
Abstract. The shells of marine mollusks are widely used archives of past climate and ocean chemistry. Whilst the measurement of mollusk δ18O to develop records of past climate change is a commonly used approach, it has proven challenging to develop reliable independent paleothermometers that can be used to deconvolve the contributions of temperature and fluid composition on molluscan oxygen isotope compositions. Here we investigate the temperature dependence of 13C–18O bond abundance, denoted by the measured parameter Δ47, in shell carbonates of bivalve mollusks and assess its potential to be a useful paleothermometer. We report measurements on cultured specimens spanning a range in water temperatures of 5 to 25 °C, and field collected specimens spanning a range of −1 to 29 °C. In addition we investigate the potential influence of carbonate saturation state on bivalve stable isotope compositions by making measurements on both calcitic and aragonitic specimens that have been cultured in seawater that is either supersaturated or undersaturated with respect to aragonite. We find a robust relationship between Δ47 and growth temperature. We also find that the slope of a linear regression through all the Δ47 data for bivalves plotted against seawater temperature is significantly shallower than previously published inorganic and biogenic carbonate calibration studies produced in our laboratory and go on to discuss the possible sources of this difference. We find that changing seawater saturation state does not have significant effect on the Δ47 of bivalve shell carbonate in two taxa that we examined, and we do not observe significant differences between Δ47-temperature relationships between calcitic and aragonitic taxa.

Citation: Eagle, R. A., Eiler, J. M., Tripati, A. K., Ries, J. B., Freitas, P. S., Hiebenthal, C., Wanamaker Jr., A. D., Taviani, M., Elliot, M., Marenssi, S., Nakamura, K., Ramirez, P., and Roy, K.: The influence of temperature and seawater carbonate saturation state on 13C–18O bond ordering in bivalve mollusks, Biogeosciences, 10, 4591-4606,, 2013.
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