Particulates and Phytoplankton Biomass

  • William M. LewisJr.
  • James F. SaundersIII
  • David W. CrumpackerSr.
  • Charles M. Brendecke
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 46)

Abstract

The total particulate load of a water body can be divided into living and nonliving fractions. The living fraction is influenced by nutrients. The nonliving fraction, however, is jointly determined by biological factors such as the rate of production of biological detritus and by abiotic factors such as silt content of the lake’s water supply. It is essential that the particulate functions be disentangled as well as possible before any causal analysis is attempted. Here we show the patterns of particulate concentrations in Lake Dillon and the contributions of identifiable fractions to these patterns.

Keywords

Biomass Phosphorus Chlorophyll Phytoplankton Photosynthesis 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • William M. LewisJr.
    • 1
  • James F. SaundersIII
    • 1
  • David W. CrumpackerSr.
    • 1
  • Charles M. Brendecke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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