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Influence of Mineral-Water Reactions in Estuaries on Boron Budget in the Oceans

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Robert C. Harriss
Robert C. Harriss
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Published:
January 01, 1972

A quantitative mass balance calculation indicates that mineral-water reactions in estuaries are the primary control on the boron content of sea water. The total annual removal of boron from the oceanic reservoir by mineral-water reactions and biogenic sedimentation is approximately equal to the total annual influx of boron in continental drainage, indicating that under present conditions the boron content of sea water should remain constant with time. The buffer system controlling the boron content of sea water is independent of buffer systems controlling most other elemental concentrations in sea water, and a constant boron-salinity relation over long periods of geologic time cannot be expected.

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GSA Memoirs

Environmental Framework of Coastal Plain Estuaries

Bruce W. Nelson
Bruce W. Nelson
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Geological Society of America
Volume
133
ISBN print:
9780813711331
Publication date:
January 01, 1972

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