Down Core Oxygen Isotopic Measurements Of Diatom δ18O From The Guaymas Basin, Gulf Of California
The Guaymas Basin (GB), Gulf of California (27º53’N, 111º40’W ), is an evaporative basin, with sea surface temperatures (SST) varying between ~30oC (summer) and ~15oC (winter). Productivity is controlled mostly by seasonal upwelling starting in fall (early November) and extending into spring. We are currently analyzing δ18Odiatom from a boxcore (BC-43) using microfluorination (Menicucci, et al. 2013). This boxcore was previously analyzed for UK '37 alkenones and 210Pb activity (Goni, et al. 2001). Residual BC-43 material was sampled at ~2cm intervals. Samples were cleaned to isolate diatoms from other sediments, then equilibrated in water with δ18Owater = +85‰ for 70 hours at 21oC prior to vacuum dehydroxylation and microfluorination. The latter equilibration was done to account for fractionation between covalently bound O and OH- groups during vacuum dehydroxylation, preserving the original δ18Odiatom value.
We present δ18Odiatom data from BC-43 samples covering 27cm, equivalent to >225 years of sediment accumulation. δ18O data are converted to temperature (T) based on an existing calibration (Leclerc and Labeyrie 1987). Our data suggest δ18Odiatom values record a T range of 22-18oC, corresponding to the mixed layer depth and the chlorophyll maximum during the fall bloom. These T values are offset from SST data by a mean of 5oC for the same sample intervals. However, δ18Odiatom values from the most recent samples suggest a ~2oC increase in diatom T relative to SST during the last 35 years. This subsurface warming may be due to decreased fall upwelling, increased mixed layer and chlorophyll maximum depths, and/or the timing of the peak diatom bloom. Such correlations are being investigated and the latest results will be presented.
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Presented at the AGU Fall Meeting on December 15, 2015 in San Francisco, CA
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Menicucci, Anthony J.; Spero, Howard J.; and Thunell, Robert, "Down Core Oxygen Isotopic Measurements Of Diatom δ18O From The Guaymas Basin, Gulf Of California" (2015). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 1796.