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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5199-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-5199-2015
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04 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 04 Sep 2015

The 3He flux gauge in the Sargasso Sea: a determination of physical nutrient fluxes to the euphotic zone at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Site

R. H. R. Stanley, W. J. Jenkins, S. C. Doney, and D. E. Lott III

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A long-standing enigma in oceanography is the process in which nutrients are supplied to the sunlit zone of the low nutrient regions of the ocean. In this work, we present one approach for quantifying the physical supply of nitrate to the euphotic zone in the Sargasso Sea through the use of gas tracers. We find that the nitrate supplied is more than enough to support the rates of net community production (balance of photosynthesis respiration) observed.
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