Carbonate Compensation Depth: Relation to Carbonate Solubility in Ocean Waters

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Science  31 May 1974:
Vol. 184, Issue 4140, pp. 982-984
DOI: 10.1126/science.184.4140.982


In situ calcium carbonate saturometry measurements suggest that the intermediate water masses of the central Pacific Ocean are close to saturation with resppect to both calcite and local carbonate sediment. The carbonate compensation depth, located at about 3700 meters in this area, appears to represent a depth above which waters are essentially saturated with respect to calcite and below which waters deviate toward undersaturation with respect to calcite.

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