Data from: Degradation of internal organic matter is the main control on pteropod shell dissolution after death

Rosie L. Oakes, Victoria L. Peck, Clara Manno & Timothy J. Bralower
The potential for preservation of thecosome pteropods is thought to be largely governed by the chemical stability of their delicate aragonitic shells in seawater. However, sediment trap studies have found that significant carbonate dissolution can occur above the carbonate saturation horizon. Here we present the results from experiments conducted on two cruises to the Scotia Sea to directly test whether the breakdown of the organic pteropod body influences shell dissolution. We find that, on the...
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