|Sulfur in foraminiferal calcite as a potential proxy for seawater carbonate ion concentration
van Dijk, I.; de Nooijer, L.J.; Boer, W.; Reichart, G.-J. (2017). Sulfur in foraminiferal calcite as a potential proxy for seawater carbonate ion concentration. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 470: 64-72. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.031
In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0012-821X; e-ISSN 1385-013X, meer
foraminifera; sulfur; culture study; carbonate system; intra-test variability
Sulfur (S) incorporation in foraminiferal shells is hypothesized to change with carbonate ion concentration [View the MathML sourceCO32−], due to substitution of sulfate for carbonate ions in the calcite crystal lattice. Hence S/Ca values of foraminiferal carbonate shells are expected to reflect sea water carbonate chemistry. To generate a proxy calibration linking the incorporation of S into foraminiferal calcite to carbonate chemistry, we cultured juvenile clones of the larger benthic species Amphistegina gibbosa and Sorites marginalis over a 350–1200 ppm range of pCO2 values, corresponding to a range in [View the MathML sourceCO32−] of 93 to 211 μmol/kg. We also investigated the potential effect of salinity on S incorporation by culturing juvenile Amphistegina lessonii over a large salinity gradient (25–45). Results show S/CaCALCITE is not impacted by salinity, but increases with increasing pCO2 (and thus decreasing [View the MathML sourceCO32−] and pH), indicating S incorporation may be used as a proxy for [View the MathML sourceCO32−]. Higher S incorporation in high-Mg species S. marginalis suggests a superimposed biomineralization effect on the incorporation of S. Microprobe imaging reveals co-occurring banding of Mg and S in Amphistegina lessonii, which is in line with a strong biological control and might explain higher S incorporation in high Mg species. Provided a species-specific calibration is available, foraminiferal S/Ca values might add a valuable new tool for reconstructing past ocean carbonate chemistry.