Electrochemical data from sediments collected on R/V Savannah cruise SAV-16-16 at the Cape Lookout Continental Shelf and Slope during May 2016

Website: https://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/805916
Data Type: Cruise Results
Version: 1
Version Date: 2020-03-16

» Source, Composition, and Stability of Soluble Iron Fluxing from Continental Margin Sediments (Soluble Fe Fluxing)
Taillefert, MartialGeorgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)Principal Investigator
Rauch, ShannonWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)BCO-DMO Data Manager

Electrochemical data from sediments collected on R/V Savannah cruise SAV-16-16 at the Cape Lookout Continental Shelf and Slope during May 2016.


Spatial Extent: N:34.635 E:-75.799 S:33.869 W:-76.605
Temporal Extent: 2016-05-17 - 2016-05-26

Acquisition Description

Sediments were collected and profiled immediately with voltammetric Hg/Au microelectrodes deployed on a computer-controlled micromanipulator (Beckler et al., 2016).

Sediment cores were obtained by a MC-800 multi-corer and profiled within 30 minutes with voltammetric Hg/Au microelectrodes deployed on a computer-controlled micromanipulator. O₂(aq), Mn(II), Fe(II), Org-Fe(III), FeS(aq), and SH2S were measured by voltammetry using non-invasive mercury/gold (Hg/Au) microelectrodes (Luther et al., 2008) in intact sediment cores. Org-Fe(III) and FeS(aq) cannot be quantified by these methods and are reported in current intensities.

Problem report: Some of the data are missing because of electrostatic interferences that typically occur at time on ships.

Processing Description

Electrochemical data were processed using Voltint (Bristow and Taillefert, 2008), a Matlabᵀᴹ-based software developed for these applications.

BCO-DMO Processing:
- added date column using original year, month, and day columns.

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Related Publications

Beckler, J. S., Kiriazis, N., Rabouille, C., Stewart, F. J., & Taillefert, M. (2016). Importance of microbial iron reduction in deep sediments of river-dominated continental-margins. Marine Chemistry, 178, 22–34. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2015.12.003
Bristow, G., & Taillefert, M. (2008). VOLTINT: A Matlab®-based program for semi-automated processing of geochemical data acquired by voltammetry. Computers & Geosciences, 34(2), 153–162. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2007.01.005
Eitel, E. M., Owings, S. M., Belli, K. M., Beckler, J. S., Williams, A., Fields, B. P., … Taillefert, M. (2020). Variations in sediment production of dissolved iron across a continental margin not dominated by major upwelling or riverine inputs. Marine Chemistry, 220, 103750. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2020.103750
Luther, G. W., Glazer, B. T., Ma, S., Trouwborst, R. E., Moore, T. S., Metzger, E., … Brendel, P. J. (2008). Use of voltammetric solid-state (micro)electrodes for studying biogeochemical processes: Laboratory measurements to real time measurements with an in situ electrochemical analyzer (ISEA). Marine Chemistry, 108(3-4), 221–235. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2007.03.002

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YearYear unitless
MonthMonth unitless
DayDay unitless
Collection_TypeInstrument used for collection unitless
StationStation number unitless
LonLongitude decimal degrees East
LatLatitude decimal degrees North
Sediment_depthSediment depth millimeters (mm)
O2Dissolved oxygen uM (micromolar)
sdO2Standard deviation of O2 uM (micromolar)
Mn_IIDissolved manganese(II) uM (micromolar)
sdMn_IIStandard deviation of Mn_II uM (micromolar)
Fe_IIDissolved iron(II) uM (micromolar)
sdFe_IIStandard deviation of Fe_II uM (micromolar)
Org_Fe_IIIDissolved organic-Fe(III) complexes nA
sdOrgFe_IIIStandard deviation of Org_Fe_III nA
FeS_aqDissolved molecular clusters of FeS nA
sdFeS_aqStandard deviation of FeS_aq nA
SH2SDissolved inorganic sulfur uM (micromolar)
sdSH2SStandard deviation of SH2S uM (micromolar)
dateDate; format: yyyy-mm-dd unitless

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Dataset-specific Instrument Name
MC-800 multi-corer
Generic Instrument Name
Multi Corer
Dataset-specific Description
Sediment cores were obtained by a MC-800 multi-corer.
Generic Instrument Description
The Multi Corer is a benthic coring device used to collect multiple, simultaneous, undisturbed sediment/water samples from the seafloor. Multiple coring tubes with varying sampling capacity depending on tube dimensions are mounted in a frame designed to sample the deep ocean seafloor. For more information, see Barnett et al. (1984) in Oceanologica Acta, 7, pp. 399-408.

Dataset-specific Instrument Name
Electrochemical analyzer
Generic Instrument Name
Voltammetry Analyzers
Dataset-specific Description
Electrochemical analyzer: DLK-100 and DLK-70 with EX-MAN-1 micromanipulator (Analytical Instrument Systems, Inc.).
Generic Instrument Description
Instruments that obtain information about an analyte by applying a potential and measuring the current produced in the analyte.

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R/V Savannah
Start Date
End Date
More infomration from the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R): https://www.rvdata.us/search/cruise/SAV-16-16

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Project Information

Source, Composition, and Stability of Soluble Iron Fluxing from Continental Margin Sediments (Soluble Fe Fluxing)

Coverage: Northern South Atlantic Bight (Cape Lookout, NC) and Northern Gulf of Mexico

NSF Award Abstract:
Iron is a limiting nutrient in the world's oceans and plays a key role in regulating the growth of phytoplankton. The main sources of iron to the open ocean are the atmosphere, through wind-blown terrestrial dust, and the seafloor, through input from continental shelf sediments. While atmospheric inputs have been well-studied, the oceanic input of iron from sediments has only sparsely been measured and, as a result, the relative importance of the sediment-derived iron to the iron pool and, ultimately, primary productivity in the oceans is poorly understood. In this study, researchers will examine the chemical properties of sediment-derived iron in the oceans to assess its contribution to the iron used by phytoplankton. Results from this study will further our understanding of iron inputs to the ocean and their importance to ocean primary productivity. The project will contribute to the training of graduate students, as well as provide educational opportunities such as a day at sea for undergraduate students in engineering and physical science.

The atmosphere and continental margin sediments are the main source of the limiting nutrient iron (Fe) to the open ocean. Yet, the chemical form of iron from sediments has not been well examined and only quantified as reduced iron or the dissolved iron passing through 0.45 µm filters. The kinetics of iron oxygenation suggests it should precipitate rapidly in the overlying waters, challenging the view that sediments are important sources of iron for primary production. To establish whether the flux of iron from sediments has important implications for primary productivity, possibly rivaling atmospheric inputs, it is necessary to demonstrate that ferric iron originating in sediments is under the form of stable iron species with potential for a high residence time in the water column. The overall objective of this project is to test the hypotheses that iron fluxing across the sediment-water interface in continental margin sediments is dissolved under the form of organic-Fe(III) complexes and that the magnitude of the iron flux is influenced by the redox conditions in the overlying waters, the composition of the complexes, and the biogeochemical processes in the underlying sediments. To test these hypotheses, the flux and speciation of dissolved Fe(III) will be quantified in the sediments of the Carolina depocenter and the Gulf of Mexico, and the biogeochemical processes regulating the production and the flux of iron as a function of the redox regime of the environment will be determined using in situ measurements and state-of-the-art voltammetric and chromatographic techniques.

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Funding SourceAward
NSF Division of Ocean Sciences (NSF OCE)

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