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[BPT05-04] Geochemical independent components constituting deep-sea sediments within the Minamitorishima EEZ
Keywords:deep-sea sediment, REY-rich mud, Independent Component Analysis
Deciphering the genesis of the mud should provide us groundbreaking insights into both the potential distribution of the novel resource for REY of great economic value and the mystery of paleoceanographic event(s) that caused an anomalous concentration of specific elements in an abyss. As a first step to achieve the goal, it is quite important to unravel the source materials and physicochemical processes that generated the sedimentary sequence.
Here we applied Independent Component Analysis to the comprehensive data set composed of major- and trace-elemental contents of more than 800 bulk deep-sea sediment samples collected from the Minamitorishima EEZ. Although being a preliminary interpretation, several geochemical independent components can be extracted from the whole data structure; e.g., biogenic calcium phosphate associating with very high REY content, Fe-Mn oxides accompanied by characteristic metals, etc. We report the results and interpretation of our new analysis, and statistically characterize the deep-sea sediments within the Minamitorishima EEZ.
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