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[HTT21-16] Spatial variation of neodymium and strontium isotope ratios of shellfish soft bodies in the coastal sea of eastern Tohoku District
Keywords:Nd isotope ratio of organisms, soft bodies of shellfish, marine ecosystem
In order to explore the potential of Nd isotope as a biogeographical tracer in marine ecosystem, we determined the isotope ratios of Nd and Sr in soft bodies of shellfishes, mainly oysters and mussels in the coastal sea of eastern Tohoku district. Our results show that the 143Nd/144Nd ratio of the shellfish has a wide variation (0.5123-0.5128), whereas the 87Sr/86Sr ratio lies in the narrow range (0.70912-0.70921), which is almost equivalent to the value of seawater. Although the shellfish has lower 143Nd/144Nd ratio than the exchangeable fraction of river sediments in the watershed of the coast, both ratios show a strong positive relationship (r2 = 0.75). Further, the shellfishes have higher 143Nd/144Nd ratios than seawater in the northern Pacific, and the exchangeable 143Nd/144Nd ratio of river sediments has a weak negative relationship with the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of the associated river water (r2 = 0.37). These results demonstrate that the shellfish contains Nd derived from the watershed rocks of the adjoining river and Nd from oceanic water. It is concluded that the Nd isotope ratio has promise as a geographical index of habitat and foraging site of marine organisms and an effective tracer of marine animal migration at least in coastal sea zones.