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What do we know about the evolution of Mg to Ca ratios in seawater?

Broeker, Wally S.; Yu, Jimin


Although most reconstructions of the evolution of the Mg to Ca ratio in seawater conclude that it has increased during the course of the Cenozoic, they disagree widely regarding the magnitude of this change. On the basis of fluid inclusion and CaCO 3 mineralogy observations, the increase was at least threefold. On the basis of Mg content of foraminifera shells it was only a factor of 1.7. A recently published reconstruction based on the Mg content of calcite fillings of voids in ridge flank...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Paleoceanography
DOI: 10.1029/2011PA002120


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