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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3565-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3565-2019
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20 Sep 2019
Research article |  | 20 Sep 2019

Environmental and biological controls on Na∕Ca ratios in scleractinian cold-water corals

Nicolai Schleinkofer, Jacek Raddatz, André Freiwald, David Evans, Lydia Beuck, Andres Rüggeberg, and Volker Liebetrau

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In this study we tried to correlate Na / Ca ratios from cold-water corals with environmental parameters such as salinity, temperature and pH. We do not observe a correlation between Na / Ca ratios and seawater salinity, but we do observe a strong correlation with temperature. Na / Ca data from warm-water corals (Porites spp.) and bivalves (Mytilus edulis) support this correlation, indicating that similar controls on the incorporation of sodium exist in these aragonitic organisms.
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