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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4843-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4843-2016
Research article
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29 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 29 Aug 2016

Coccolithophore responses to environmental variability in the South China Sea: species composition and calcite content

Xiaobo Jin, Chuanlian Liu, Alex J. Poulton, Minhan Dai, and Xianghui Guo

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The vertical structure of the coccolithophore community in the water column was controlled by trophic conditions, which were regulated by mesoscale eddies across the South China Sea basin. Three key species (Emiliania huxleyi, Gephyrocapsa oceanica, Florisphaera profunda) contributed roughly half of the surface ocean coccolith-calcite concentrations. E. huxleyi coccolith length is influenced by light and nutrients through the regulation of growth rates.
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