Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 12, 739–755, 2015

Special issue: KEOPS2: Kerguelen Ocean and Plateau Study 2

Biogeosciences, 12, 739–755, 2015

Research article 06 Feb 2015

Research article | 06 Feb 2015

Sourcing the iron in the naturally fertilised bloom around the Kerguelen Plateau: particulate trace metal dynamics

P. van der Merwe et al.


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AR by Pier van der Merwe on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2014)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Jan 2015) by Ingrid Obernosterer
Short summary
Trace metal analysis of suspended and settling particles and underlying sediment was undertaken to elucidate the source to sink progression of the particulate trace metal pool near Kerguelen Island (Southern Ocean). Findings indicate that the Kerguelen Plateau is a source of trace metals via resuspended shelf sediments, especially below the mixed layer. However, glacial/fluvial runoff into shallow coastal waters is an important mode of fertilisation to areas downstream of Kerguelen Island.
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