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Impact of early food input on the Arctic benthos activities during the polar night
Description: In Arctic areas where benthic primary production does not occur or is not sufficient, the benthos depends on episodic events of food inputs from overlying waters, in particular spring ice algal and phytoplankton blooms. Climate change is expected to lead to earlier ice melts and subsequently to earlier spring blooms and food inputs to the benthos. The goal of this study was to characterize benthic community structure and activities during the polar night in Rijpfjorden, a high Arctic fjord from Svalbard, and to assess experimentally how earlier climate-induced food inputs can impact these benthic activities. [Source: Polar Biology]
URL: 10.1007/s00300-013-1414-5
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Source: Polar Biology
Publish Date: 1/1/2015
Reading Level: Expert
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