, Volume 57, Issue 6, pp 855–863 | Cite as

Distribution of Some Rare and Trace Elements in Ice-Rafted Sediments in the Yermak Plateau Area, the Arctic Ocean

  • V. P. Shevchenko
  • A. V. Maslov
  • R. Stein
Marine Geology


The distribution of V, Co, Ni, Sr, Nb and rare earth elements (REE) in ice-rafted sediments (IRS) collected in the Yermak Plateau area (the Arctic Ocean) during cruise ARK-XX/3 of the R/V Polarstern in September 2004 has been analyzed. It was determined that the Nb/V ratio in these IRS has an intermediate value between the average ratio values in suspended particulate matter of the Yenisei and Khatanga rivers and Mesozoic–Cenozoic basalts, on the one hand, and suspended matter of the Ob and Lena rivers and post-Archean Australian Shale (PAAS), on the other hand. The REE distribution demonstrates the same pattern. The IRS data points in Nb-Sr, Ni-Co, and Co-Sr and some other diagrams are close mainly to the average chemical composition of suspended particulate matter of the Ob and Lena rivers, i.e., waterways draining watersheds composed predominantly of sedimentary rocks. The Nb, Sr, Ni, and Co contents in the studied IRS samples are close to those in the PAAS. In accordance with this, we were able to conclude that the main provenance areas of the studied IRS samples are situated in the eastern part of the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea, on shelf of which the erosion products of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks of the Verkhoyansk Fold Belt dominate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and GeochemistryUral Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  3. 3.Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany

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