1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
[BCG10-01] Exploring the hydrogen isotopic composition of deep-sea corals
Keywords:Deep-sea, Coral, Hydrogen, Isotopes, Experimental, Geochemistry
We present a method for the determination of annually-resolved δD in gorgonin, a complex proteinaceous material making up the horny skeletal component of gorgonian corals. We address the issue of exchangeable hydrogen in gorgonin by controlling the isotopic composition of the exchangeable fraction of the total hydrogen pool using a heated batch equilibration technique. Coupled with seawater δD profiles, the δD of particulate organic matter (POM) filtered from seawater, and the δD of plankton trawl samples, we attempt to identify the relationships between trophic exchange, physical oceanographic parameters, and the δD of gorgonin from 3 species of live-collected coral.
Results include a 43-year record from a Primnoa pacifica colony collected from the Gulf of Alaska, three 10-year records from Primnoa resedaeformis colonies collected from the Labrador Sea, and a 40-year record from a Keratoisis grayii colony collected from southern Baffin Bay. Preliminary data show an unprecedented range of δD values in all three species, ranging from -40‰ to -110‰. Final results will determine the suitability of gorgonin δD as a potential marine environmental proxy by testing the reproducibility of δD values between adjacent colonies.