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Potential Role of Inorganic Polyphosphate in the Cycling of Phosphorus Within the Hypoxic Water Column of Effingham Inlet, British Columbia

By Julia M. Diaz, Ellery D. Ingall, Samuel D. Snow, Claudia R. Benitez-Nelson, Martial Taillefert and Jay A. Brandes


[1] The upper basin of Effingham Inlet possesses permanently anoxic bottom waters, with a water column redox transition zone typically occurring at least 40 m above the sediment‐water interface. During our sampling campaign in April and July 2007, this redox transition zone was associated with sharp peaks in a variety of parameters, including soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) and total particulate phosphorus (TPP). Based on sequential extraction results, TPP maxima exhibited preferential accumulation of an operationally defined class of loosely adsorbed organic phosphorus (P), which may contain a substantial fraction of polyphosphate (poly‐P). This poly‐P may furthermore be involved in the redox‐dependent remobilization of SRP. For example, direct fluorometric analysis of poly‐P content revealed that particulate inorganic poly‐P was present at concentrations ranging from 1 to 9 nM P within and several meters above the TPP maximum. Below the depth of 1% oxygen saturation, however, particulate inorganic poly‐P was undetectable

Topics: Effingham Inlet, SEDEX, oxygen, phosphorus, polyphosphate, redox, Earth Sciences
Publisher: Scholar Commons
Year: 2012
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