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Science. 2001 Aug 17;293(5533):1301-4.

Atlantic water flow pathways revealed by lead contamination in Arctic basin sediments.

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Institut Maurice-Lamontagne, Mont-Joli, QC, G5H 3Z4, Canada., Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC, V8L 4B2, Canada. GobeilC@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Abstract

Contaminant lead in sediments underlying boundary currents in the Arctic Ocean provides an image of current organization and stability during the past 50 years. The sediment distributions of lead, stable lead isotope ratios, and lead-210 in the major Arctic Ocean basins reveal close coupling of the Eurasian Basin with the North Atlantic during the 20th century. They indicate that the Atlantic water boundary current in the Eurasian Basin has been a prominent pathway, that contaminant lead from the Laptev Sea supplies surface water in the transpolar drift, and that the Canadian and Eurasian basins have been historically decoupled.

PMID:
11509726
DOI:
10.1126/science.1062167
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