Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Science
Iron is a ubiquitous earth element that participates in biogeochemical processes that occur in marine sediments. Microorganisms utilize iron for many purposes, including cell growth, conserving energy, and for maintaining metabolic activity. In coastal sedimentary settings, understanding the redox reactions involving ferric iron, Fe3+, and ferrous iron, Fe2+, in its solid phase and pore-water phases, respectively, enable an appreciation of biogeochemical transformations occurring in the coastal zone. In this study, iron concentrations in sediment of ranging permeability were determined at four stations marking an estuary-coast transition zone in Singleton Swash in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The findings of the study indicate that the stations of highly permeable sediments and large grain sizes are characterized by greater concentrations of [Fe2+] and [Fe]D, and are likely dominated by suboxic processes.
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Diaz, Lissett G., "Iron Geochemistry Across an Estuary-to-Coastal Gradient" (2021). Honors Theses. 433.