A massive phytoplankton bloom induced by an ecosystem-scale iron fertilization experiment in the equatorial Pacific Ocean

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Coale, K. H., Johnson, K. S., Fitzwater, S. E., Gordon, R. M., Tanner, S., Chavez, F. P., … Kudela, R. (1996). A massive phytoplankton bloom induced by an ecosystem-scale iron fertilization experiment in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Nature, 383(6600). doi:10.1038/383495a0
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TitleA massive phytoplankton bloom induced by an ecosystem-scale iron fertilization experiment in the equatorial Pacific Ocean
AuthorsK. Coale, K. Johnson, S. Fitzwater, R. Gordon, S. Tanner, F. Chavez, L. Ferioli, C. Sakamoto, P. Rogers, F. Millero, P. Steinberg, P. Nightingale, D. Cooper, W. Cochlan, M. Landry, J. Constantinou, G. Rollwagen, A. Trasvina, R. Kudela
AbstractThe seeding of an expanse of surface waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean with low concentrations of dissolved iron triggered a massive phytoplankton bloom which consumed large quantities of carbon dioxide and nitrate that these microscopic plants cannot fully utilize under natural conditions. These and other observations provide unequivocal support for the hypothesis that phytoplankton growth in this oceanic region is limited by iron bioavailability.
JournalNature
Date1996
ISSN00280836
Subjectsalgal blooms, iron, nutrient enrichment, Pacific, (Equatorial), carbon dioxide, nitrate, sea water, surface water, article, ecosystem, marine environment, photosynthesis, phytoplankton, plant growth, priority journal
NoteCited By (since 1996):930, Oceanography

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