Interlaboratory comparison study of calibration standards for foraminiferal Mg/Ca thermometry

Greaves, M. J. and Caillon, N. and Rebaubier, H. and Bartoli, G. and Bohaty, S. and Cacho, I. and Clarke, L. and Cooper, M. and Daunt, C. and Delaney, M. and deMenocal, P. and Dutton, A. and Eggins, S. and Elderfield, H. and Garbe-Schoenberg, D. and Goddard, E. and Green, D. and Groeneveld, J. and Hastings, D. and Hathorne, E. and Kimoto, K. and Klinkhammer, G. and Labeyrie, L. and Lea, D. W. and Marchitto, T. and Martínez-Botí, M. A. and Mortyn, P. G. and Ni, Y. and Nuernberg, D. and Paradis, G. and Pena, L. and Quinn, T. and Rosenthal, Y. and Russell, A. and Sagawa, T. and Sosdian, S. and Stott, L. and Tachikawa, K. and Tappa, E. and Thunell, R. and Wilson, P. A. (2008) Interlaboratory comparison study of calibration standards for foraminiferal Mg/Ca thermometry. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 9. DOI 10.1029/2008GC001974

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Abstract

An interlaboratory study of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in three commercially available carbonate reference materials (BAM RS3, CMSI 1767, and ECRM 752-1) was performed with the participation of 25 laboratories that determine foraminiferal Mg/Ca ratios worldwide. These reference materials containing Mg/Ca in the range of foraminiferal calcite (0.8 mmol/mol to 6 mmol/mol) were circulated with a dissolution protocol for analysis. Participants were asked to make replicate dissolutions of the powdered samples and to analyze them using the instruments and calibration standards routinely used in their laboratories. Statistical analysis was performed in accordance with the International Standardization Organization standard 5725, which is based on the analysis of variance (ANOVA) technique. Repeatability (RSDr%), an indicator of intralaboratory precision, for Mg/Ca determinations in solutions after centrifuging increased with decreasing Mg/Ca, ranging from 0.78% at Mg/Ca = 5.56 mmol/mol to 1.15% at Mg/Ca = 0.79 mmol/mol. Reproducibility (RSDR%), an indicator of the interlaboratory method precision, for Mg/Ca determinations in centrifuged solutions was noticeably worse than repeatability, ranging from 4.5% at Mg/Ca = 5.56 mmol/mol to 8.7% at Mg/Ca = 0.79 mmol/mol. Results of this study show that interlaboratory variability is dominated by inconsistencies among instrument calibrations and highlight the need to improve interlaboratory compatibility. Additionally, the study confirmed the suitability of these solid standards as reference materials for foraminiferal Mg/Ca (and Sr/Ca) determinations, provided that appropriate procedures are adopted to minimize and to monitor possible contamination from silicate mineral phases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 08AREP IA56 2008 P
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Volume: 9
Identification Number: 10.1029/2008GC001974
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:07
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/338

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