Rare earth element (REE) content in suspended and dissolved phases from the Strait of Sicily (Central Mediterranean Sea) has been measured. Vertical profiles of several dissolved REEs along the water column reflect the 3-D oceanographic features of the studied area and identifies the different water masses present there. Shale-normalized REE distribution patterns and derived parameters calculated for the suspended particulate show different atmospheric dust-surface inputs and their interactions with seawater. Finally, combined information from [La/Yb]N, ratios, REE/La ratios and Eu anomalies measured in the suspended particulate suggest an important contribution of volcanic materials from the Etna volcano and Saharan dust to the lithogenic fraction of the suspended particulate. © 2004 Taylor and Francis Ltd.
|Numero di pagine||21|
|Rivista||CHEMISTRY IN ECOLOGY|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics