Decoupling of dissolved and bedrock neodymium isotopes during sedimentary cycling
Geochemical Perspectives Letters
European Association of Geochemistry
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Hindshaw, R., Aciego, S., Piotrowski, A., & Tipper, E. (2018). Decoupling of dissolved and bedrock neodymium isotopes during sedimentary cycling. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 8 43-46. https://doi.org/10.7185/geochemlet.1828
The radiogenic neodymium isotope ratio 143Nd/144Nd (expressed as εNd) has been applied to examine seawater elemental budgets, sedimentary provenance, oceanic water mass source and circulation, large-scale geochemical cycling, and continental crust growth rates. These applications are underpinned by the assumption that during sedimentary processing the parent/daughter (samarium/neodymium) ratio is conservative during low temperature fluid related processes. In this study, we report εNd data from two streams draining sedimentary formations in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The εNd value of the dissolved load is offset from stream suspended sediment samples by up to 5.5 epsilon units. We demonstrate that dissolved load εNd is controlled by the dissolution of labile phases present in the catchment rocks which are isotopically distinct from the silicate residue and account for up to 12% Nd in the bulk sediment. This study highlights 1) the potential for incongruent release of Nd isotopes to seawater from rocks and sediments, with implications for the isotopic composition of seawater and 2) the large-scale decoupling between a rapidly exchanging labile reservoir and a silicate-bound reservoir during sediment recycling.
This project was funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship for prospective researchers (PBEZP2-137335), a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (PIEF-GA-2012-331501), and NERC Standard Grant NE/M001865/1. Fieldwork was supported by an Arctic Field Grant (219165/E10, The Research Council of Norway).
Natural Environment Research Council (NE/K000705/2)
Natural Environment Research Council (NE/M001865/1)
Natural Environment Research Council (NE/F006047/1)
Natural Environment Research Council (NE/K005235/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.7185/geochemlet.1828
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