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Biogeosciences, 16, 1147–1165, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1147-2019
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Biogeosciences, 16, 1147–1165, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1147-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 20 Mar 2019

Research article | 20 Mar 2019

Planktonic foraminiferal spine versus shell carbonate Na incorporation in relation to salinity

Eveline M. Mezger et al.
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Seawater salinity is an important factor when trying to reconstruct past ocean conditions. Foraminifera, small organisms living in the sea, produce shells that incorporate more Na at higher salinities. The accuracy of reconstructions depends on the fundamental understanding involved in the incorporation and preservation of the original Na of the shell. In this study, we unravel the Na composition of different components of the shell and describe the relative contribution of these components.
Seawater salinity is an important factor when trying to reconstruct past ocean conditions....
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