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Variations in the isotopic composition of molybdenum in freshwater lake systems
Lunds universitet.
Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0935-3430
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2007 (English)In: Chemical Geology, ISSN 0009-2541, E-ISSN 1872-6836, Vol. 236, no 3-4, p. 181-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Variations in molybdenum isotopic composition, spanning the range of ≈ 2.3‰ in the terms of 97Mo/95Mo ratio, have been measured in sediment cores from three lakes in northern Sweden and north-western Russia. These variations have been produced by both isotopically variable input of Mo into the lakes due to Mo isotopic heterogeneity of bedrock in the drainage basins and fractionation in the lake systems due to temporal variations in limnological conditions. Mo isotope abundances of bedrock in the lake drainage basins have been documented by analysis of Mo isotope ratios of a suite of molybdenite occurrences collected in the studied area and of detrital fractions of the lake sediment cores. The median δ97Mo value of the investigated molybdenites is 0.26‰ with standard deviation of 0.43‰ (n = 19), whereas the median δ97Mo value of detrital sediment fractions from two lakes is - 0.40‰ with standard deviation of 0.36‰ (n = 15). The isotopic composition of Mo in the sediment cores has been found to be dependent on redox conditions of the water columns and the dominant type of scavenging phases. Hydrous Fe oxides have been shown to be an efficient scavenger of Mo from porewater under oxic conditions. Oxidative precipitation of Fe(II) in the sediments resulted in co-precipitation of Mo and significant authigenic enrichment at the redox boundary. In spite of a pronounced increase in Mo concentration associated with Fe oxides at the redox boundary the isotopic composition of Mo in this zone varies insignificantly, suggesting little or no isotope fractionation during scavenging of Mo by hydrous Fe oxides. In a lake with anoxic bottom water a chironomid-inferred reconstruction of O2 conditions in the bottom water through the Holocene indicates that increased O2 concentrations are generally associated with low δ97Mo/95Mo values of the sediments, whereas lowered O2 contents of the bottom water are accompanied by relatively high δ97Mo/95Mo values, thus confirming the potential of Mo isotope data to be a proxy for redox conditions of overlying waters. However, it is pointed out that other processes including input of isotopically heterogeneous Mo and Mn cycling in the redox-stratified water column can be a primary cause of variations in Mo isotopic compositions of lake sediments.

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2007. Vol. 236, no 3-4, p. 181-198
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Ore Geology; Applied Geology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5770DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2006.09.006ISI: 000243813300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33845876627Local ID: 3f3e7a90-d6dc-11db-8550-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-5770DiVA, id: diva2:978645
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Validerad; 2007; 20070320 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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