Zuckerman Postdoc Alumni Scholar Jeana Drake publishes paper in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
The early diagenetic interplay between reactive iron, sulfur, and organic matter in the bathymetrically isolated Santa Monica Basin (SMB) sediments are investigated in this study. We explore solid-phase and porewater profiles from the basin, supplemented with a transect from 71 to 907 m water depth that includes oxygenated (>60 μM O2) bottom waters near the coast and oxygen-deficient waters (∼4 µM O2) in the basin. The geochemical data of the basin sediments are further scrutinized by means of reactive transport modeling.
This study highlights key local controls on Fe availability in marginal basins and describes an intricate biogeochemical C-Fe-S cycling in modern and possibly ancient marine systems with important implications for Fe availability in the marine realm.