Shale Hills, INVESTIGATOR, COLLABORATOR
Loss of small mineral particles from soil has been suggested as a process that can produce net isotopic fractionation in the remaining soil. We extracted water dispersible colloids (WDCs) from bulk soil collected at the Susquehanna/Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHO) and measured their Fe isotopic composition for comparison to published data from the site. The goal was to explain soil δ56Fe values that become lighter as Fe is lost from soil. The range of δ56Fe values for WDCs was 0.22 to 0.59 ‰, barely intersecting the value of ~0.8 ± 0.3‰ predicted by mass balance for particulate Fe loss by a previous study. The WDCs extracted likely represent a mixture of unfractionated Fe inherited from shale minerals and secondary Fe fractionated by weathering zone processes. Thus, although the WDC compositions do not confirm small mineral particle losses as causing overall Fe isotope fractionation in SSHO soils, they are compatible with that interpretation.
Bern, C.R., Yesavage, T., Pribil, M. (2017): Iron isotope systematics of shale-derived soils as potentially influenced by small mineral particle loss . Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG-12), 17-22 September. Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado, USA.
This Paper/Book acknowledges NSF CZO grant support.