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Magnesium isotope fractionation during hydrous magnesium carbonate precipitation with and without cyanobacteria

Mavromatis, Vasileios, Pearce, Christopher R., Shirokova, Liudmila S., Bundeleva, Irina A., Pokrovsky, Oleg S., Benezeth, Pascale and Oelkers, Eric H. (2012) Magnesium isotope fractionation during hydrous magnesium carbonate precipitation with and without cyanobacteria Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 76, pp. 161-174. (doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.10.019).

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The hydrous magnesium carbonates, nesquehonite (MgCO3·3H2O) and dypingite (Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·5(H2O)), were precipitated at 25 °C in batch reactors from aqueous solutions containing 0.05 M NaHCO3 and 0.025 M MgCl2 and in the presence and absence of live photosynthesizing Gloeocapsa sp. cyanobacteria. Experiments were performed under a variety of conditions; the reactive fluid/bacteria/mineral suspensions were continuously stirred, and/or air bubbled in most experiments, and exposed to various durations of light exposure. Bulk precipitation rates are not affected by the presence of bacteria although the solution pH and the degree of fluid supersaturation with respect to magnesium carbonates increase due to photosynthesis. Lighter Mg isotopes are preferentially incorporated into the precipitated solids in all experiments. Mg isotope fractionation between the mineral and fluid in the abiotic experiments is identical, within uncertainty, to that measured in cyanobacteria-bearing experiments; measured ?26Mg ranges from ?1.54‰ to ?1.16‰ in all experiments. Mg isotope fractionation is also found to be independent of reactive solution pH and Mg, CO32?, and biomass concentrations. Taken together, these observations suggest that Gloeocapsa sp. cyanobacterium does not appreciably affect magnesium isotope fractionation between aqueous fluid and hydrous magnesium carbonates

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Published date: January 2012
Organisations: Geochemistry


Local EPrints ID: 342520
ISSN: 0016-7037
PURE UUID: 59d1ac3a-5e0a-4e02-8841-19369e42bcfc

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Date deposited: 07 Sep 2012 13:26
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:28

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Author: Vasileios Mavromatis
Author: Christopher R. Pearce
Author: Liudmila S. Shirokova
Author: Irina A. Bundeleva
Author: Oleg S. Pokrovsky
Author: Pascale Benezeth
Author: Eric H. Oelkers

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