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|Title: ||Changes in phosphorus biogeochemistry along an estuarine salinity gradient: The iron conveyer belt|
|Authors: ||Jordan, Thomas E.|
Cornwell, Jeffrey C.
Boynton, Walter R.
Anderson, Jon T.
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||American Society of Limnology and Oceanography|
|Citation: ||Limnology and Oceanography, 2008, Volume 53, Issue 1: pp. 172-184|
|Series/Report no.: ||Limnology and Oceanography;53|
|Abstract: ||We used sequential extractions to quantify different forms of particulate phosphorus (PP) in sediments along the salinity gradient of the Patuxent River estuary. About 50–90% of the PP was phosphate bound to iron oxides (Fe-P), and 8–30% was organic P (org-P). Loosely sorbed phosphate (sorb-P), detrital apatite, and authigenic plus biogenic apatite each made up ,10% of the PP. Suspended sediments from the watershed and deposited sediments in tidal freshwater had the highest concentrations of Fe-P, ranging about 30–55 mmol g21 sediment. As pore-water salinity increased to 7 along the estuarine gradient, Fe-P declined to 15–25 mmol g21, org-P increased from 4 to 10 mmol g21, sorb-P increased from 0.5 to 2.5 mmol g21, and total sediment PP declined from 60 to 40 mmol g21. Concentrations of pore-water solutes also changed with salinity. As salinity increased, dissolved Fe
and ammonium decreased, while dissolved phosphate increased. Near the freshwater end of the gradient, the molar ratio of pore-water ammonium : phosphate was generally .16 (the Redfield ratio) and ranged up to .700, while at the saline end of the gradient the ratio was generally ,16 and ranged down to ,1.5. Our observations are
consistent with the hypothesis that phosphate is released from terrigenous sediments when they are deposited in saline portions of the estuary where sulfide may enhance dissolution of Fe-P and form Fe sulfide precipitates. Such phosphate release may contribute to the generally observed switch from phosphorus limitation in freshwater to nitrogen limitation in coastal marine water.|
|Description: ||Jordan, Thomas E., Jeffrey C. Cornwell, Walter R. Boynton, and Jon T. Anderson. Changes in phosphorus biogeochemistry along an estuarine salinity gradient: The iron conveyer belt. Limnol. Oceanogr., 53(1), 2008, 172–184.|
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