A Cenozoic record of deep oceanic Zn isotopic composition in ferromanganese crusts

Published: 29 September 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/h4nrs68zvy.1
Mingyu Zhao, Noah Planavsky, Xiangli Wang, Yiyue Zhang, James Hein


The zinc (Zn) isotopic composition (d66Zn) of the deep ocean (>1000 m) can provide insights into the carbon cycle, the biological pump, and hydrothermal activity. However, we have an incomplete view of the temporal and spatial evolution of deep-ocean Zn isotopes. Here, we present new d66Zn values of Fe-Mn crusts from the Pacific Ocean, which we used to reconstruct the evolution of deep-ocean d66Zn for the Cenozoic. Our results suggest that the d66Zn values remain stable in the deep Pacific Ocean at around ~ 0.5‰ through the Cenozoic. Our results limit the extent of change in organic zinc burial through the Cenozoic. However, given uncertainties in the global mass balance and analytical error, variations of roughly 20% in organic zinc burial are still possible.



Institute of Geology and Geophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences


Marine Geochemistry