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Free Content Effect of sea ice meltwater on the alkalinity of seawater

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Alkalinity values in the top few hundred meters in Baffin Bay were about 100 eq kg—1 above those expected from deeper values when the effect of salinity is removed. This “excess” alkalinity is attributed to calcium carbonate that precipitated from brines in sea ice and was subsequently reintroduced into the water column when the ice melted. The “excess” alkalinity is then used to estimate the amount of sea ice meltwater formed in Baffin Bay.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1357/002224083788223063

Publication date: February 1, 1983

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