Deposition and early diagenesis of organic material in Hadal trenches.

Ronnie N Glud1, Bo Thamdrup2, Matthias Zabel3, Morten Larsen1, Anni Glud1, Hamed Sanei4, Robert Turnewitsch5, Kazumasa Oguri6, Alan J Jamieson7, Heather Ann Stewart8, Ashley Alun Rowden9 and Frank Wenzhofer10, (1)University of Southern Denmark, Department of Biology, Odense, Denmark, (2)University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, (3)MARUM – Cen­ter for Mar­ine En­vir­on­mental Sci­ences, Uni­versity of Bre­men, Bremen, Germany, (4)Aarhus University, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus C, Denmark, (5)Scottish Association for, Oban, Argyll, United Kingdom, (6)Japan A Marine-Earth Sci Tech, Yokosuka, Japan, (7)Newcastle University, School of Natural and Environmental Science, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom, (8)British Geological Survey, Energy and Marine Geosciences, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, (9)National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand, (10)Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, HGF-MPG Group for Deep Sea Ecology and Technology, Bremerhaven, Germany
Hadal trenches act as important depo-centers for organic material and recent evidence suggests that hadal sediments are diagenetic hot spots in the deep sea. However, the sources, transport and lability of the deposited material and the pathways responsible for the carbon degradation remain largely unknown. Furthermore, current investigations are based on very few measurements that typically target one spot in the central deposition basins. To explore the nature of organic material and quantify the diagenetic pathways involved in the turn-over of organic material in hadal trenches, we deployed different benthic lander systems and recovered intact sediment cores along two major trenches that are exposed to very different deposition regimes; the Kermadec Trench (KT) and the Atacama Trench (AT). In both systems in situ O2 microprofiles documented intensified diagenetic activity along the trench axis as compared to the adjacent abyssal plain – and higher overall activity in the AT underlying the highly productive upwelling region off Chile relative to KT. However, measurements also reflected a large variation in O2 consumption along both trench axes presumably reflecting the local deposition dynamics and the nature and lability of the deposited organic material. Shallow in situ O2 penetration in both trench systems (ie AT; 3-6 cm, KT; 6-12 cm), compared to abyssal plains, also implied significant contributions of anaerobic diagenesis at these trench sites. Porewater profiles and onboard incubations of AT sediment indeed revealed variable but substantial manganese and iron redox cycling and sulfate respiration. The presentation will provide an overview of the early diagenetic activity and pathways in two major trench systems and discuss factors that regulate the variability in benthic activity between and within these two trench systems and how this might affect benthic community compositions at these extreme water depths.