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Wolf Berger and David Lindberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247789

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247789.001.0001

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Meadows and Deserts of the Sea

Meadows and Deserts of the Sea

On the Elusive Concept of Ocean Productivity

(p.215) Eight Meadows and Deserts of the Sea

Wolf H. Berger

University of California Press

This chapter discusses ocean productivity, focusing on the factors controlling primary production. It describes the basic principle of nutrient cycling and estimates sea productivity based on phytoplankton abundance and chlorophyll content of surface waters. Production is controlled by nutrient supply and availability of sunlight, and fish depend on the primary producers or photosynthesizing organisms for sustenance. These primary producers include phytoplanktons such as diatoms, dinoflagellates, and coccolithophorids.

Keywords:   ocean productivity, nutrient cycling, phytoplanktons, diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophorids

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