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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3283-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3283-2019
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30 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 30 Aug 2019

Dissolved organic nutrients dominate melting surface ice of the Dark Zone (Greenland Ice Sheet)

Alexandra T. Holland, Christopher J. Williamson, Fotis Sgouridis, Andrew J. Tedstone, Jenine McCutcheon, Joseph M. Cook, Ewa Poniecka, Marian L. Yallop, Martyn Tranter, Alexandre M. Anesio, and The Black & Bloom Group

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This paper provides a preliminary data set for dissolved nutrient abundance in the Dark Zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet. This 15-year marked darkening has since been attributed to glacier algae blooms, yet has not been accounted for in current melt rate models. We conclude that the dissolved organic phase dominates surface ice environments and that factors other than macronutrient limitation control the extent and magnitude of the glacier algae blooms.
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