Processes Driving Iron and Manganese Dispersal From the TAG Hydrothermal Plume (Mid-Atlantic Ridge): Results From a GEOTRACES Process Study

Type Article
Date 2020-07
Language English
Author(s) González-Santana David1, Planquette Helene1, Cheize Marie1, 2, Whitby Hannah1, Gourain Arthur3, Holmes Thomas4, Guyader VivienORCID2, Cathalot CecileORCID2, Pelleter EwanORCID2, Fouquet Yves2, Sarthou Geraldine1
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, LEMAR, University of Brest, Plouzané, France
2 : Ifremer, Géosciences Marine, LCG, Plouzané, France
3 : Department of Ocean Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
4 : The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Source Frontiers In Marine Science (2296-7745) (Frontiers Media SA), 2020-07 , Vol. 7 , P. 568 (17p.)
DOI 10.3389/fmars.2020.00568
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) iron, manganese, hydrothermal, TAG, Mid Atlantic Ridge, GEOTRACES

Hydrothermal vents are a recognized source of trace elements to the ocean inventory. Nevertheless, the contribution of slow-spreading ridges remains poorly resolved. To address this, high-resolution dissolved (<0.45 μm) iron (dFe) and manganese (dMn) samples were collected during the GEOTRACES HERMINE GApr07 process study at the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Samples were collected at nine stations, from the TAG vent site to 75 km south-southwest following the neutrally buoyant plume. Concentrations of dMn and dFe ranged from 71 ± 6 and 51 ± 2 nmol kg–1 right above the vent site to 0.43 ± 0.01 and 1.56 ± 0.02 nmol kg–1 at the most distal station, respectively. Using a 5-box model coupled with our data, we show that as the plume traveled away from the vent, aggregation processes controlled dFe concentrations in the first 2 km, with an aggregation rate averaging between 8.0 ± 0.6 and 0.11 ± 0.04 nmol L–1 d–1, respectively in the first and second kilometer. Aggregation, likely of small colloidal particles, led to partitioning of the size fractionated Fe pool, as 6% of the dFe was moved into the particulate size fraction. Further away, disaggregation processes became more prevalent, with rates ranging from 0.27 ± 0.02 to 0.008 ± 0.001 nmol L–1 d–1, enriching the dFe pool by 10%. The computed decrease of hydrothermal Fe within the neutrally buoyant plume was likely caused by flocculation of small Fe oxyhydroxide particles. This process resulted in Fe aggregate formation with radii estimated to range between 14 and 20 μm in the first km from TAG. Between 2 and 30 km from the vent site, the radii ranged between 2 and 4 μm.

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González-Santana David, Planquette Helene, Cheize Marie, Whitby Hannah, Gourain Arthur, Holmes Thomas, Guyader Vivien, Cathalot Cecile, Pelleter Ewan, Fouquet Yves, Sarthou Geraldine (2020). Processes Driving Iron and Manganese Dispersal From the TAG Hydrothermal Plume (Mid-Atlantic Ridge): Results From a GEOTRACES Process Study. Frontiers In Marine Science, 7, 568 (17p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :