Intercalibration studies of short-lived thorium-234 in the water column and marine particles

Kanchan Maiti*, Ken O. Buesseler, Steven M. Pike, Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Pinghe Cai, Weifang Chen, Kirk Cochran, Minhan Dai, Frank Dehairs, Beat Gasser, Roger P. Kelly, Pere Masque, Lisa A. Miller, Juan Carlos Miquel, S. Bradley Moran, Paul J. Morris, Florian Peine, Frederic Planchon, Alisha A. Renfro, Michiel Rutgers van der LoeffPeter H. Santschi, Robert Turnewitsch, James T. Waples, Chen Xu

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Abstract

Intercomparision of Th-234 measurements in both water and particulate samples was carried out between 15 laboratories worldwide, as a part of GEOTRACES inter-calibration program. Particulate samples from four different stations namely BATS (both shallow and deep) and shelf station (shallow) in Atlantic and SAFE (both shallow and deep) and Santa Barbara station (shallow) in Pacific were used in the effort. Particulate intercalibration results indicate good agreement between all the participating labs with data from all labs falling within the 95% confidence interval around the mean for most instances. Filter type experiments indicate no significant differences in Th-234 activities between filter types and pore sizes (0.2-0.8 mu m). The only exception are the quartz filters, which are associated with 10% to 20% higher Th-234 activities attributed to sorption of dissolved Th-234. Flow rate experiments showed a trend of decreasing Th-234 activities with increasing flow rates (2-9 L min(-1)) for > 51 mu m size particles, indicating particle loss during the pumping process. No change in Th-234 activities on small particles was observed with increasing flow-rates. Th-234 intercalibration results from deep water samples at SAFe station indicate a variability of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-644
Number of pages14
JournalLimnology and Oceanography Methods
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • EXPORT
  • SAMPLES
  • SEAWATER
  • AQUATIC SYSTEMS
  • REMOVAL RATES
  • SEA
  • OCEAN
  • DISEQUILIBRIA
  • PARTICULATE ORGANIC-CARBON
  • SMALL-VOLUME

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