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Biological control of the removal of abiogenic particles from the surface ocean

January 1, 1983

Concurrent measurements of particle concentrations in the near-surface water and of particle fluxes in the deep water of the Sargasso Sea show a close coupling between the two for biogenic components. The concentrations of suspended matter appear to follow an annual cycle similar to that of primary production and deepwater particle flux. Although the concentration of particulate aluminum in the surface water appears to vary randomly with respect to that cycle, the removal of aluminum to deep water is intimately linked to the rapid downward transport of organic matter.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1983
Title Biological control of the removal of abiogenic particles from the surface ocean
DOI 10.1126/science.219.4583.388
Authors W.G. Deuser, P.G. Brewer, T.D. Jickells, R.F. Commeau
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70011220
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center