The Distribution of Particulate Matter in a Northwest African Coastal Upwelling Area
The particle distribution in the upper 200 m of the upwelling area oceanward of the northwest African coast has been investigated, using an in situ integrating light-scattering meter, with the twofold purpose of relating to the general conditions in the area regarding circulation, topography, biology, and chemistry, and investigating the possibility of defining and tracing water masses in such an area by their particle content. The investigation demonstrates that the particle content of water can serve as an indicator of physical and biological processes. Particle content very distinctly characterizes water-type. The great advance in using in situ lights cattering instruments combined with simultaneous temperature recording to study the oceanic particle distribution is apparent.
KeywordsSuspend Particulate Matter Suspended Matter Particle Content Meteor Station Turbidity Current
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