Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 17, 2349–2364, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2349-2020

Special issue: Atmospheric deposition in the low-nutrient-low-chlorophyll...

Biogeosciences, 17, 2349–2364, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2349-2020
Research article
30 Apr 2020
Research article | 30 Apr 2020

Characterizing the surface microlayer in the Mediterranean Sea: trace metal concentrations and microbial plankton abundance

Antonio Tovar-Sánchez et al.

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Residence times of particulate metals derived from aerosol deposition in the Sea Surface Microlayer of the Mediterranean Sea ranged from a couple of minutes (e.g., for Fe) to a few hours (e.g., for Cu). Microbial activity seems to play an important role in in this process and in the concentration and distribution of metals between diferent water layers.
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