Marine Biology

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Flax Pond ecosystem study: Exchanges of phosphorus between a salt marsh and the coastal waters of Long Island Sound

  • G. M. Woodwell
  • D. E. Whitney


The exchanges of phosphorus between the Flax Pond, a tidal Spartina alterniflora marsh on the north shore of Long Island (USA) and Long Island Sound were measured over 18 months. Phosphate was exported from the marsh from May through December and imported during the remainder of the year. Organic phosphorus appears to be accumulated in all seasons, but the yearly phosphorus budget of the marsh is approximately balanced despite the accumulation of about 6 mm of sediment annually.


Phosphate Phosphorus Coastal Water Salt Marsh Organic Phosphorus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Woodwell
    • 1
  • D. E. Whitney
    • 2
  1. 1.Marine Biological LaboratoryEcosystems CenterWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Marine InstituteUniversity of GeorgiaSapelo IslandUSA

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