Marine Snow: Microplankton Habitat and Source of Small-Scale Patchiness in Pelagic Populations

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Science  28 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4353, pp. 371-373
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4353.371


In near-surface waters of the neritic zone, the fragile aggregate material called "marine snow" is enriched by a variety of planktonic organisms and detrital products of plankton. Here marine snow is a source of patchiness and taxonomic diversity for microplankton populations and is a likely food resource and recycling agent for fecal particles.