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Iodine isotopes species fingerprinting environmental conditions in surface water along the northeastern Atlantic Ocean
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2013 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 3, 2685Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Concentrations and species of iodine isotopes (I-127 and I-129) provide vital information about iodine geochemistry, environmental conditions and water masses exchange in oceans. Despite extensive investigations of anthropogenic I-129 in the Arctic Ocean and the Nordic Seas, concentrations of the isotope in the Atlantic Ocean are, however, still unknown. We here present first data on I-129 and I-127, and their species (iodide and iodate) in surface water transect along the northeastern Atlantic between 30 degrees and 50 degrees N. The results show iodate as the predominant species in the analyzed marine waters for both I-127 and I-129. Despite the rather constant ratios of I-127(-)/(IO3-)-I-127, the I-129(-)/(IO3-)-I-129 values reveal variations that apparently response to sources, environmental conditions and residence time. These findings provide a new tracer approach that will strongly enhance the application of anthropogenic I-129 in ocean environments and impact on climate at the ocean boundary layer.

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2013. Vol. 3, 2685
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SWEDARP 2010/11, Oden Southern Ocean 2010/11
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-2175DOI: 10.1038/srep02685ISI: 000327533800001PubMedID: 24284916OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-2175DiVA: diva2:854283
Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-16 Last updated: 2016-11-11

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