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Distribution of Phaeocystis antarctica-dominated sea ice algal communities and their potential to seed phytoplankton across the western Antarctic Peninsula in spring
Description: The western Antarctic Peninsula has experienced extreme changes in the timing of sea ice melt and freeze up, shortening the duration of the seasonal sea ice cycle. While previous research demonstrated connections between multiple pelagic trophic levels and the physics of the sea ice, few studies have assessed the sea ice ecosystem or its linkage to the ocean ecosystem in this region. Through a field survey and shipboard experiments, this study focused on characterizing the spring ice algal bloom and elucidating its role in seeding phytoplankton communities post-ice melt in high and low light conditions. [Source: Marine Ecology Progress Series]
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Source: Marine Ecology Progress Series
Publish Date: 1/11/2018
Reading Level: Expert
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