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Nicola Allison
The boron geochemistry of coral skeletons reflects the dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) chemistry of the calcification fluid from which the skeletons precipitates and may be a valuable tool to investigate the effects of climate change on coral calcification. In this paper I calculate the predicted B/Ca of aragonite precipitating from seawater based fluids as a function of pH, [DIC] and [Ca(2+)]. I consider how different co-precipitating DIC species affect aragonite B/Ca and also estimate the impact of variations in the B(OH)4(-)/co-precipitating DIC aragonite partition coefficient (KD), which may be associated with changes in the DIC and Ca(2+) chemistry of the calcification fluid...
August 2017: Heliyon
Craig P Marshall, Alison Olcott Marshall, Jade B Aitken, Barry Lai, Stefan Vogt, Pierre Breuer, Philippe Steemans, Peter A Lay
The inability to unambiguously distinguish the biogenicity of microfossil-like structures in the ancient rock record is a fundamental predicament facing Archean paleobiologists and astrobiologists. Therefore, novel methods for discriminating biological from nonbiological chemistries of microfossil-like structures are of the utmost importance in the search for evidence of early life on Earth. This, too, is important for the search for life on Mars by in situ analyses via rovers or sample return missions for future analysis here on Earth...
September 14, 2017: Astrobiology
Sandra Bravo, Efrén García-Ordiales, Francisco Jesús García-Navarro, José Ángel Amorós, Caridad Pérez-de-Los-Reyes, Raimundo Jiménez-Ballesta, José María Esbrí, Eva María García-Noguero, Pablo Higueras
Castilla-La Mancha (central Spain) is a region characterized by significant agricultural production aimed at high-quality food products such as wine and olive oil. The quality of agricultural products depends directly on the soil quality. Soil geochemistry, including dispersion maps and the recognition of baselines and anomalies of various origins, is the most important tool to assess soil quality. With this objective, 200 soil samples were taken from agricultural areas distributed among the different geological domains present in the region...
September 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Parisa Gholami Zadeh, Mohammad Hossein Adabi, Ken-Ichiro Hisada, Mahboubeh Hosseini-Barzi, Abbas Sadeghi, Mohammad Reza Ghassemi
Geoscientists have always considered the Neyriz region, located along the Zagros Suture Zone, an important area of interest because of the outcrops of Neotethys ophiolitic rocks. We carried out a modal analysis of the Cenozoic sandstones and geochemistry of the detrital Cr-spinels at Neyriz region in order to determine their provenance and tectonic evolution in the proximal part of Zagros Basin. Our data shows a clear change in provenance from the Late Cretaceous onwards. As from the Late Cretaceous to Eocene, lithic grains are mostly chert and serpentinite; and higher Cr# values of the detrital Cr-spinel compositions indicate that they originate from the fore-arc peridotites and deposited in an accretionary prism setting during this period...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
A M Shiller, E W Chan, D J Joung, M C Redmond, J D Kessler
Rare earth elements have generally not been thought to have a biological role. However, recent work has demonstrated that the light REEs (LREEs: La, Ce, Pr, and Nd) are essential for at least some methanotrophs, being co-factors in the XoxF type of methanol dehydrogenase (MDH). We show here that dissolved LREEs were significantly removed in a submerged plume of methane-rich water during the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) well blowout. Furthermore, incubation experiments conducted with naturally methane-enriched waters from hydrocarbon seeps in the vicinity of the DWH wellhead also showed LREE removal concurrent with methane consumption...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jiangxiu Qu, Xiujian Ding, Ming Zha, Hong Chen, Changhai Gao, Zimeng Wang
With the constant consumption of conventional oil and gas resources, unconventional oil and gas resources with great resource potential such as tight oil have gradually been valued and become the new exploration area. Jimsar Sag is the key tight oil exploration and development block in Junggar Basin of Northwestern China. Based on the data sets of geology, oil production test, logging, rock thin section, and geochemistry of Permian Lucaogou Formation (LCG), we studied the geochemical characteristics of hydrocarbon source rocks and their relation to the tight oil accumulation...
2017: Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
Irina Polovodova Asteman, Kjell Nordberg
Idefjord (Skagerrak, North Sea) has had a long pollution history due to a heavy exposure to effluents from sawmills and pulp and paper industry, which had a detrimental effect on fjord life. Earlier we presented a paper on the pollution history and benthic recovery in the fjord by studying sediment geochemistry (TOC and heavy metals) and benthic foraminifera in the sediment cores taken in the inner and the outer Idefjord. At that stage the foraminiferal (~benthic recovery) record was limited to years 2000 (inner fjord) and 2002 (outer fjord), in contrast to pollutant data reaching all the way up to 2014...
August 31, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
M Stockmann, J Schikora, D-A Becker, J Flügge, U Noseck, V Brendler
One natural retardation process to be considered in risk assessment for contaminants in the environment is sorption on mineral surfaces. A realistic geochemical modeling is of high relevance in many application areas such as groundwater protection, environmental remediation, or disposal of hazardous waste. Most often concepts with constant distribution coefficients (Kd-values) are applied in geochemical modeling with the advantage to be simple and computationally fast, but not reflecting changes in geochemical conditions...
August 23, 2017: Chemosphere
Susan E Humphris, Frieder Klein
Over the last four decades, more than 500 sites of seafloor hydrothermal venting have been identified in a range of tectonic environments. These vents represent the seafloor manifestation of hydrothermal convection of seawater through the permeable oceanic basement that is driven by a subsurface heat source. Hydrothermal circulation has fundamental effects on the transfer of heat and mass from the lithosphere to the hydrosphere, the composition of seawater, the physical and chemical properties of the oceanic basement, and vent ecosystems at and below the seafloor...
August 30, 2017: Annual Review of Marine Science
Yun-Qi Ma, Zhang-Kuang Peng, Jian Yang, Ying-Kai Xiao, Yan-Ling Zhang
As a stable isotope, boron plays an important role in hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, ore deposit geochemistry and marine paleoclimatology. However, there is no report of boron isotopic composition in gypsum. This is mainly confined to complete dissolution of Gypsum by water or acid. In this study, gypsum was converted to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) with ammonium bicarbonate(NH4HCO3) by two steps at 50°C. In every step, the mass ratio of NH4HCO3/CaSO4·2H2O was twice, and conversion rate reached more than 98%...
December 1, 2017: Talanta
Matthew G Siebecker, Donald L Sparks
Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are anionic clays important in disciplines such as environmental chemistry, geochemistry, and materials science. Developments in signal processing of extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data, such as wavelet transformation (WT), have been used to identify transition metals and Al present in the hydroxide sheets of LDHs. The WT plots of LDHs should be distinct from those of isostructural single metal hydroxides. However, no direct comparison of these minerals appears in the literature using WT...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
S Ursula Salmon, Matthew R Hipsey, Geoffrey W Wake, Gregory N Ivey, Carolyn E Oldham
Assessment of water quality evolution in the thousands of existing and future mine pit lakes worldwide requires new numerical tools that integrate geochemical, hydrological, and biological processes. A coupled model was used to test alternative hypothesized controls on water quality in a pit lake over ∼8 years. The evolution of pH, Al, and Fe were closely linked; field observations were reproduced with generic solubility equilibrium controls on Fe(III) and Al and a commonly reported acceleration of the abiotic Fe(II) oxidation rate by 2-3 orders of magnitude...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Rajveer Singh, Mayandi Sivaguru, Glenn A Fried, Bruce W Fouke, Robert A Sanford, Martin Carrera, Charles J Werth
Physical, chemical, and biological interactions between groundwater and sedimentary rock directly control the fundamental subsurface properties such as porosity, permeability, and flow. This is true for a variety of subsurface scenarios, ranging from shallow groundwater aquifers to deeply buried hydrocarbon reservoirs. Microfluidic flow cells are now commonly being used to study these processes at the pore scale in simplified pore structures meant to mimic subsurface reservoirs. However, these micromodels are typically fabricated from glass, silicon, or polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), and are therefore incapable of replicating the geochemical reactivity and complex three-dimensional pore networks present in subsurface lithologies...
September 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Man Jae Kwon, Seong-Taek Yun, Baknoon Ham, Jeong-Ho Lee, Jun-Seop Oh, Weon-Wha Jheong
We investigated the impacts of leachates from a swine carcass burial site and a cow manure heap on the geochemical and microbiological properties of agricultural water samples, including leachate, groundwater from monitoring wells and background wells, and stream water. The leachate from the livestock burial site showed extremely high electrical conductivity, turbidity, and major ion concentrations, but low redox potential and dissolved oxygen levels. The groundwater in the monitoring wells adjacent to both sites showed severe contamination from the leachate, as indicated by the increases in EC, turbidity, Cl-, and SO42-...
2017: PloS One
Fangyang Hu, Mihai N Ducea, Shuwen Liu, James B Chapman
We present compiled geochemical data of young (mostly Pliocene-present) intermediate magmatic rocks from continental collisional belts and correlations between their whole-rock Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios and modern crustal thickness. These correlations, which are similar to those obtained from subduction-related magmatic arcs, confirm that geochemistry can be used to track changes of crustal thickness changes in ancient collisional belts. Using these results, we investigate temporal variations of crustal thickness in the Qinling Orogenic Belt in mainland China...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jennifer B Korosi, Joshua R Thienpont, John P Smol, Jules M Blais
The development of effective risk reduction strategies for aquatic pollutants requires a comprehensive understanding of toxic impacts on ecosystems. Classical toxicological studies are effective for characterizing pollutant impacts on biota in a controlled, simplified environment. Nonetheless, it is well-acknowledged that predictions based on the results of these studies must be tested over the long-term in a natural ecosystem setting to account for increased complexity and multiple stressors. Paleolimnology (the study of lake sediment cores to reconstruct environmental change) can address many key knowledge gaps...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
D B Patterson, D R Braun, A K Behrensmeyer, S B Lehmann, S R Merritt, J S Reeves, B A Wood, R Bobe
Placing the biological adaptations of Pleistocene hominins within a well-resolved ecological framework has been a longstanding goal of paleoanthropology. This effort, however, has been challenging due to the discontinuous nature of paleoecological data spanning many important periods in hominin evolution. Sediments from the Upper Burgi (1.98-1.87 Ma), KBS (1.87-1.56 Ma) and Okote (1.56-1.38 Ma) members of the Koobi Fora Formation at East Turkana in northern Kenya document an important time interval in the evolutionary history of the hominin genera Homo and Paranthropus...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
Xiaoli Zhang, Jinxian He, Yande Zhao, Hongchen Wu, Zeqiang Ren
Biomarker compounds that derived from early living organisms play an important role in oil and gas geochemistry and exploration since they can record the diagenetic evolution of the parent materials of crude oil and reflect the organic geochemical characteristics of crude oil and source rocks. To offer scientific basis for oil exploration and exploitation for study area, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method is applied to study the biomarker compounds of crude oil in Southwestern Yishan Slope of Ordos Basin, through qualitatively and quantitatively analyzing separated materials...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Maria Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez, Bethan M Jones, Sonia Blanco-Ameijeiras, Mervyn Greaves, Maria Huete-Ortega, Mario Lebrato
Upwelling is the process by which deep, cold, relatively high-CO2, nutrient-rich seawater rises to the sunlit surface of the ocean. This seasonal process has fueled geoengineering initiatives to fertilize the surface ocean with deep seawater to enhance productivity and thus promote the drawdown of CO2. Coccolithophores, which inhabit many upwelling regions naturally 'fertilized' by deep seawater, have been investigated in the laboratory in the context of ocean acidification to determine the extent to which nutrients and CO2 impact their physiology, but few data exist in the field except from mesocosms...
2017: PloS One
José T F Guimarães, Prafulla K Sahoo, Pedro W M Souza-Filho, Mariana M J Costa DE Figueiredo, Luiza S Reis, Marcio S DA Silva, Tarcísio M Rodrigues
Down-core changes in sedimentary facies, elemental geochemistry, pollen, spore, δ13C, δ15N and radiocarbon records from a filled lake, named R4, of the Serra Sul dos Carajás were used to study the relationship between the paleomorphological and paleoecological processes and their significance for Holocene paleoclimatology of the southeast Amazonia. The sediment deposition of the R4 lake started around 9500 cal yr BP. Increase of detrital components from 9500 to 7000 cal yr BP suggests high weathering of surrounding catchment rocks and soils, and deposition into the lake basin under mudflows...
July 24, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
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