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dc.contributor.authorAllison, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorCohen, I.
dc.contributor.authorFinch, Adrian Anthony
dc.contributor.authorErez, J.
dc.contributor.authorTudhope, A.W.
dc.contributor.authorEdinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility
dc.identifier.citationAllison , N , Cohen , I , Finch , A A , Erez , J , Tudhope , A W & Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility 2014 , ' Corals concentrate dissolved inorganic carbon to facilitate calcification ' , Nature Communications , vol. 5 , 5741 , pp. 1-6 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 173619675
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 71a285d5-cd22-4797-9288-9709bab6c3a6
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84923300937
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-3689-1517/work/38002324
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3720-1917/work/42594130
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000347180500001
dc.descriptionThis work was supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (awards NER/A/S/2003/00473 and NE/G015791/1 to N.A. and A.A.F.; NER/GR3/12021 to A.W.T.). Participation of J.E. and I.C. in this study was supported by DFG project Trion and the Israel Science Foundation (grants 870/05 and 551/10).en
dc.description.abstractThe sources of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) used to produce scleractinian coral skeletons are not understood. Yet this knowledge is essential for understanding coral biomineralization and assessing the potential impacts of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Here we use skeletal boron geochemistry to reconstruct the DIC chemistry of the fluid used for coral calcification. We show that corals concentrate DIC at the calcification site substantially above seawater values and that bicarbonate contributes a significant amount of the DIC pool used to build the skeleton. Corals actively increase the pH of the calcification fluid, decreasing the proportion of DIC present as CO2 and creating a diffusion gradient favouring the transport of molecular CO2 from the overlying coral tissue into the calcification site. Coupling the increases in calcification fluid pH and [DIC] yields high calcification fluid [CO32-] and induces high aragonite saturation states, favourable to the precipitation of the skeleton.
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dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectQD Chemistryen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleCorals concentrate dissolved inorganic carbon to facilitate calcificationen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Earth & Environmental Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Isotope Geochemistryen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Earth and Environmental Sciencesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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