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Timing and mechanism for intratest Mg/Ca variability in a living planktic foraminifer

Spero, Howard; Eggins, Stephen; Russell, Ann; Vatter, Lael; Kilburn, Matt R; Honisch, Barbel


Geochemical observations indicate that planktic foraminifer test Mg/Ca is heterogeneous in many species, thereby challenging its use as a paleotemperature proxy for paleoceanographic reconstructions. We present Mg/Ca and Ba/Ca data collected by laser ablation ICP-MS from the shells of Orbulina universa cultured in controlled laboratory experiments. Test calcite was labeled with Ba-spiked seawater for 12 h day or night calcification periods to quantify the timing of intratest Mg-banding across...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.10.030


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