Fluxes, Dynamics, and Chemistry of Particulates in the Ocean
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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The trap arrays were designed to sample the particulate fluxes both immediately above and within the nepheloid layer. The data derived from the traps have been used to estimate vertical fluxes of particles including, for the first time, an attempt to distinguish between the flux of material settling from the upper water column the primary flux and material which has been resuspended from some region of the sea floor resuspension flux. From these data and measurements of the net nepheloid standing crop of particles one can also estimate a residence time for particles resuspended in the nepheloid layer. This residence time appears to be on the order of days to weeks in the bottom 15 m of the water column and weeks to months in the bottom 100 m.
- Biological Oceanography