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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2825-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2825-2020
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27 May 2020
Research article |  | 27 May 2020

The pH dependency of the boron isotopic composition of diatom opal (Thalassiosira weissflogii)

Hannah K. Donald, Gavin L. Foster, Nico Fröhberg, George E. A. Swann, Alex J. Poulton, C. Mark Moore, and Matthew P. Humphreys

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The boron isotope pH proxy is increasingly being used to reconstruct ocean pH in the past. Here we detail a novel analytical methodology for measuring the boron isotopic composition (δ11B) of diatom opal and apply this to the study of the diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii grown in culture over a range of pH. To our knowledge this is the first study of its kind and provides unique insights into the way in which diatoms incorporate boron and their potential as archives of palaeoclimate records.
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