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Raimonet M., Andrieux-Loyer F., Ragueneau Olivier, Michaud E., Kerouel R., Philippon X., Nonent M., Memery L. (2013). Strong gradient of benthic biogeochemical processes along a macrotidal temperate estuary : focus on P and Si cycles. Biogeochemistry, 115 (1-3), 399-417. ISSN 0168-2563

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Strong gradient of benthic biogeochemical processes along a macrotidal temperate estuary : focus on P and Si cycles
Année de publication2013
Type de documentArticle référencé dans le Web of Science WOS:000325116700025
AuteursRaimonet M., Andrieux-Loyer F., Ragueneau Olivier, Michaud E., Kerouel R., Philippon X., Nonent M., Memery L.
SourceBiogeochemistry, 2013, 115 (1-3), p. 399-417. ISSN 0168-2563
RésuméThis study aims to investigate the role of spatial and temporal physical, biological and biogeochemical gradients on sediment biogeochemistry along a macrotidal and Si-rich estuary. Scanning and biogeochemical analyses were performed in the inner, mid and outer Aulne Estuary (France) at four seasons. The inner estuary shows high diagenetic activity linked to fluid mud dynamics and river loads. The highest authigenic phosphorus (Aut-P) concentrations ever found in the literature are observed in the inner estuary (18 mu mol g(-1) PS sediment). This is explained by a combination of favorable factors, i.e. the high organic matter and nutrient loads, the reductive conditions, the freshwater properties (low pH, OH-, sulfate and Mg2+ concentrations), the increase of particle residence time by the upward convergence of particles due to residual currents, and allochthonous riverine Aut-P. We suggest that the high Si(OH)(4) concentrations (> 400 mu M) may even increase Aut-P precipitation through the increase of Fe-P formation in these low salinity conditions. In the mid estuary, erosion-deposition dynamics dominate in point bars and lead to the succession of poor and rich organic and authigenic phosphorus layers, recording thus the seasonality of matter loads and its seasonal translocation from the inner estuary. In the outer estuary, deposition rates are high and constant and biogeochemical properties are characteristic of marine environments. The precipitation of Aut-P from free phosphate (PO4 (3-)) is lower than in the inner estuary and might be limited by higher Mg2+ concentrations in saline waters. This study highlights that small macrotidal estuaries, and especially their freshwater sediments, may constitute an important phosphorus sink through the precipitation of Aut-P. This precipitation could even be enhanced in fresh or brackish environments, thus increasing long term phosphorus storage and altering benthic fluxes of PO4 (3-) to the pelagic ecosystem.
Plan de classementGéologie et formations superficielles [064] ; Limnologie physique / Océanographie physique [032]
Descr. géo.FRANCE
LocalisationFonds IRD
Identifiant IRDPAR00011057
Lien permanenthttp://www.documentation.ird.fr/hor/PAR00011057

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