Oceanic Nutrient Cycles

  • Joel C. Goldman
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 13)


The perception that the euphotic zone of nutrient-impoverished oceanic waters is a steady state system has been based, to a large extent, on the choice of temporal and spatial scales upon which the pertinent biological and chemical measurements typically are made. For example, subsamples obtained from well-mixed, large volume samples (liters to tens of liters) commonly are used at sea both for a variety of analytical measurements and for long-term (tens of hours) bottle incubations to determine rates of primary production and nutrient turnover. The results of such measurements consistently demonstrate that nutrient concentrations in oligotrophic surface waters are below detection limits (Carpenter and McCarthy, 1975; McCarthy and Carpenter, 1979), and that both standing stocks of primary and secondary producers and rates of biological activity are uniformly low (Eppley et al., 1973).


Relative Growth Rate Euphotic Zone Marine Phytoplankton Nutrient Regeneration Oligotrophic Water 
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  • Joel C. Goldman
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  1. 1.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionUSA

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