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Meadows and Deserts of the Sea

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247789
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0009
Meadows and Deserts of the Sea

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This chapter discusses ocean productivity, focusing on the factors controlling primary production. It describes the basic principle of nutrient cycling and estimates sea productivity based on phytoplankton abundance and chlorophyll content of surface waters. Production is controlled by nutrient supply and availability of sunlight, and fish depend on the primary producers or photosynthesizing organisms for sustenance. These primary producers include phytoplanktons such as diatoms, dinoflagellates, and coccolithophorids.

Keywords: ocean productivity; nutrient cycling; phytoplanktons; diatoms; dinoflagellates; coccolithophorids

Chapter.  18069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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