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A Novel Approach Reveals Element Cycles in the Ocean

Dissolved thorium isotopes light the way to a more thorough understanding of how different elements enter marine environments—and how long they stay there.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The ocean slurps up many important chemicals originating from natural events like massive dust storms in the Sahara. Quantifying these chemicals is tough business, especially for trace elements such as iron. A recent study in Global Biogeochemical Cycles co-authored by Tim Conway, Assistant Professor in the College of Marine Science, and others offers a new — and relatively simple — way to do it.

“This is really the first time we have used thorium measurements to provide insights into how different metals cycle through the ocean,” said Conway.

Reported by Freelance Writer for EOS

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