Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Research article
22 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2015

The contribution of tephra constituents during biogenic silica determination: implications for soil and palaeoecological studies

W. Clymans, L. Barão, N. Van der Putten, S. Wastegård, G. Gísladóttir, S. Björck, B. Moine, E. Struyf, and D. J. Conley


Total article views: 2,381 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)
HTML PDF XML Total BibTeX EndNote
1,055 923 403 2,381 112 112
  • HTML: 1,055
  • PDF: 923
  • XML: 403
  • Total: 2,381
  • BibTeX: 112
  • EndNote: 112
Views and downloads (calculated since 25 Feb 2015)
Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 25 Feb 2015)


Saved (final revised paper)

Saved (preprint)

Latest update: 21 Jun 2024
Short summary
Biogenic silica (BSi) is used as a proxy by soil scientists to identify biological effects on the Si cycle and by palaeoecologists to study environmental changes. We show the presence of tephra constituents can make measurements erroneous at low BSi concentrations, with repercussions for soil and palaeoecological studies. However, we also show that glass shards do not produce an identical dissolution signal to that of BSi, meaning they can be distinguished with appropriate experimental setups.
Final-revised paper