Title

Dissolved vanadium on the Louisiana Shelf: effect of oxygen depletion

Authors

AM Shiller
LJ Mao

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1999

Department

Marine Science

Abstract

New measurements of dissolved vanadium in waters of the Louisiana Shelf affected by outflow from the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River system are presented here. These measurements complement previously published estuarine vanadium data and allow a reexamination of prior conclusions. In estuarine and coastal regions it appears that the most significant vanadium depletions occur in association with reducing conditions. These reducing conditions are frequently driven by anthropogenic eutrophication. Sedimentary inputs also appear to be a factor in affecting the flux of vanadium to the ocean in certain environments In contrast to previous results we find no compelling evidence of biological removal of vanadium from estuarine surface waters. Given the uncertainties, it is difficult to accurately estimate the natural flux of dissolved vanadium from the land to the open ocean. Nonetheless, increasing coastal anthropogenic eutrophication could substantially alter the natural fluvial vanadium input as well as possibly shift the primary locus of oceanic vanadium removal. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH

Volume

19

Issue

8

First Page

1007

Last Page

1020