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Strong latitudinal patterns in the elemental ratios of marine plankton and organic matter
Description: This study assesses global patterns in the elemental composition of phytoplankton and particulate organic matter in the upper ocean, using published and unpublished observations of particulate phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon from a broad latitudinal range, supplemented with elemental data for surface plankton populations. The authors show that the elemental ratios of marine organic matter exhibit large spatial variations, with a global average that differs substantially from the canonical Redfield ratio. However, elemental ratios exhibit a clear latitudinal trend. [Source: Nature Geoscience]
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Source: Nature Geoscience
Publish Date: 4/1/2013
Reading Level: Expert
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