REE and Trace Elements Distribution in the Deep-sea Sediments from the Interoceanmetal (IOM) Polymetallic Nodule Exploration Area in the Clarion-Clipperton Fractures Zone, NE Pacific
Keywords:deep-sea sediments, polymetallic nodules, geochemistry, REE, Interoceanmetal, Clarion-Clipperton Fractures zone
Geochemical features of the deep-sea sediments from a high polymetallic nodule area in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fractures Zone (CCZ), NE Pacific were studied. Box-corer samples from six stations in individual depth layers 0–3, 3–5, 5–10, 10–20 cm were collected from 4300–4500 m depth. The deep-sea sediments were classified as clayey-siliceous oozes according to the mineral and grain-size analyses. The chemical composition of the studied samples is compatible with that of pelagic sediments. Manganese content varies from 0.16% to 0.70% being the highest in the geochemically active layer (top 7–12 cm) and decreases with depth. The Mn/Fe ratio, Ba, Co, Ni and Cu have the highest values in the first (0–3) and second (3–5) layers and decrease with depth. REE range is 195.84–357.79 ppm showing low variation between the layers. PAAS-normalized REE patterns show significant enrichment of MREE and HREE with strong negative Ce anomaly and weak positive Eu and Y anomalies. The geochemical characteristics of the studied sediments infer polygenic origin. The redox sensitive oxides and barite presense, Eh values and negative Ce anomaly, indicate oxidizing environment of sediment formation.
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