Articles | Volume 12, issue 24
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21 Dec 2015
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 21 Dec 2015

Hidden biosphere in an oxygen-deficient Atlantic open-ocean eddy: future implications of ocean deoxygenation on primary production in the eastern tropical North Atlantic

C. R. Löscher, M. A. Fischer, S. C. Neulinger, B. Fiedler, M. Philippi, F. Schütte, A. Singh, H. Hauss, J. Karstensen, A. Körtzinger, S. Künzel, and R. A. Schmitz


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (14 Nov 2015) by Tina Treude
AR by Carolin Löscher on behalf of the Authors (20 Nov 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Dec 2015) by Tina Treude
AR by Carolin Löscher on behalf of the Authors (10 Dec 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
The waters of the tropical Atlantic Open Ocean usually contain comparably high concentrations of oxygen. Now, it became clear that there are watermasses related to eddies that are nearly anoxic. We surveyed one of those eddies and found a biosphere that largely differed from the usual biosphere present in this area with a specific community responsible for primary production and for degradation processes. Further, we found the very first indication for active nitrogen loss in the open Atlantic.
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