Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Research article
13 May 2019
Research article |  | 13 May 2019

Tidal and seasonal forcing of dissolved nutrient fluxes in reef communities

Renee K. Gruber, Ryan J. Lowe, and James L. Falter

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Researchers from the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute are studying large tides (up to 12 m range) that occur in the Kimberley region of Australia. These tides flush coral reefs with water rich in nutrients, which supports the growth of reef organisms. In this paper, we show how tidal cycles and seasons control nutrient availability on reefs. This study is among the first published accounts of reefs and water quality data in the remote and pristine Kimberley region.
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