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Polar Biology

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 377–381 | Cite as

Infiltration phyto- and protozooplankton assemblages in the annual sea ice of Disko Island, West Greenland, spring 1996

  • Kurt R. Buck
  • Torkel G. Nielsen
  • Benni W. Hansen
  • Dorte Gastrup-Hansen
  • Helge A. Thomsen
ORIGINAL PAPER

Abstract

During the spring of 1996 we occupied a station on annual sea ice located several kilometers from Disko Island, West Greenland in water depths greater than 200 m. The goal of this 3-week field season was to characterize sea-ice communities and the underlying water column prior to, and during, ice break-up. A heavier than usual snow load depressed the sea ice below sea level and the snow-ice interface became flooded. Some of this flooded region subsequently refroze and the whole process repeated itself when additional snow accumulated. The infiltration phytoplankton and protozooplankton assemblages that developed in this region were abundant and diverse. Algal biomass in the infiltration layer was approximately an order of magnitude greater than in the underlying water column but an order of magnitude less than in the well-developed bottom ice community. The infiltration autotrophic assemblage resembled the bottom-ice assemblage while the protozooplankton assemblage was more similar to the water column assemblage.

Keywords

Biomass Phytoplankton Water Depth Algal Biomass Field Season 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt R. Buck
    • 1
  • Torkel G. Nielsen
    • 2
  • Benni W. Hansen
    • 3
  • Dorte Gastrup-Hansen
    • 2
  • Helge A. Thomsen
    • 4
  1. 1.Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, P.O. Box 628, Moss Landing CA 95039, USA e-mail: buku@mbari.org, Fax: 831 775 1645US
  2. 2.National Environmental Research Institute, Dept. of Marine Ecology and Microbiology, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, DenmarkDK
  3. 3.Roskilde University, Dept. of Life Sciences and Chemistry, P.O. Box 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, DenmarkDK
  4. 4.Botanical Institute, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 2D, DK-1353, Copenhagen K, DenmarkDK

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