Silica in Sea Water: Control by Silica Minerals

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Science  17 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3768, pp. 1404-1405
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3768.1404


Silicate minerals typical of those carried in the suspended load of streams release silica to silica-deficient sea water and abstract silica from silicaenriched sea water. Experimental rates of release and uptake permit the conclusion that the suspended solids carried into the oceans by streams are a major control of the concentration of silica in the ocean.