Cu and Zn stable isotopes in suspended particulate matter sub-fractions from the Northern Bay of Biscay help identify biogenic and geogenic particle pools

Type Article
Date 2022-07
Language English
Author(s) Ferreira Araujo Daniel1, Knoery JoëlORCID1, Briant NicolasORCID1, Ponzevera EmmanuelORCID1, Mulholland Daniel Santos2, Bruzac Sandrine1, Sireau Teddy1, Chouvelon Tiphaine1, 2, 3, Brach-Papa ChristopheORCID4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Ifremer, CCEM Centre Atlantique, Unité Contamination Chimique des Écosystèmes Marins, F-44000, Nantes, France
2 : Laboratório de Águas e Efluentes & Laboratório de Análises Ambientais, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Rua Badejos, Gurupi, TO, Brazil
3 : Observatoire Pelagis, UAR 3462 La Rochelle Université-CNRS, 17000, La Rochelle, France
4 : Ifremer, Centre Méditerranée, Unité Littoral, Laboratoire Environnement Ressources Provence-Azur-Corse (LERPAC), 83507, La Seyne-sur-Mer Cedex, France
Source Continental Shelf Research (0278-4343) (Elsevier BV), 2022-07 , Vol. 244 , P. 104791 (9p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.csr.2022.104791
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Keyword(s) Bay of Biscay, Loire estuary, Trace metal biogeochemistry, Isotope tracer, Cu and Zn stable Isotopes, MC-ICP-MS

Marine suspended particulate matter (SPM) plays a pivotal role in the marine biogeochemical cycling of trace elements. This study investigates metal distributions and copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) stable isotope ratios in different size fractions of SPM from two sampling stations on the inner continental shelf of northern Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic), a zone highly influenced by the macrotidal Loire estuary, the outlet of a major European river. The objective of this study is to test stable isotopes as tools to infer the origins of particles and their formation processes, and to infer relevant Cu and Zn biogenic pools involved in marine trophic transfers of these metals. SPM samples were nearly quantitatively mineralized (i.e., without HF) to determine metals and Cu and Zn isotopes in their more labile and reactive phases. Their δ65CuSRM-976 values ranged from −0.45 to +0.51‰, with higher Cu concentrations accompanying particle size decreasing. The δ66ZnJMC-Lyon values in SPM sub-fractions varied from +0.14 to +0.76‰, and were uncorrelated to both Zn concentrations and particle size. Compared to larger size fractions, increased Al and Fe levels (proxies for terrigenous materials) and enrichments in lighter Cu and Zn isotopes observed in the smaller size SPM sub-fractions suggest that a major proportion of SPM Cu and Zn is associated with geogenic particles. Conversely, the relative enrichment of heavy isotopes in coarser particles is attributable to an increase of Cu and Zn metabolically incorporated into biogenic organic particles (e.g., plankton), and by surface adsorption onto organic detrital particles. The higher δ-values attributed to biogenic particles likely represents the isotope composition of the local marine organic matter available to primary consumers like filter-feeders (oysters). Thus, this study shows that targeting particles of specific size classes allows to identify relative dominances of biogenic and geogenic carrier phases. Identifying these pools and their isotopic composition may help track Cu and Zn transfers through marine food-web metal in future studies

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Ferreira Araujo Daniel, Knoery Joël, Briant Nicolas, Ponzevera Emmanuel, Mulholland Daniel Santos, Bruzac Sandrine, Sireau Teddy, Chouvelon Tiphaine, Brach-Papa Christophe (2022). Cu and Zn stable isotopes in suspended particulate matter sub-fractions from the Northern Bay of Biscay help identify biogenic and geogenic particle pools. Continental Shelf Research, 244, 104791 (9p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :