Articles | Volume 14, issue 21
Biogeosciences, 14, 4905–4925, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 4905–4925, 2017

Research article 07 Nov 2017

Research article | 07 Nov 2017

The influence of environmental variability on the biogeography of coccolithophores and diatoms in the Great Calcite Belt

Helen E. K. Smith et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Jul 2017) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Helen Smith on behalf of the Authors (24 Aug 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Sep 2017) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (18 Sep 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Sep 2017) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Helen Smith on behalf of the Authors (28 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The Great Calcite Belt (GCB), a region of high calcite concentration from coccolithophores, covers 60 % of the Southern Ocean area. We examined the influence of temperature, macronutrients, and carbonate chemistry on the distribution of mineralizing phytoplankton in the GCB. Coccolithophores occupy a niche in the Southern Ocean after the diatom spring bloom depletes silicic acid. No single environmental variable holds a dominant influence over phytoplankton biogeography in summer GCB conditions.
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