Biological Control of the Removal of Abiogenic Particles from the Surface Ocean

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Science  28 Jan 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4583, pp. 388-391
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4583.388


Concurrent measurements of particle concentrations in the near-surface water and of particle fluxes in the deep water of the Sargasso Sea show a close coupling between the two for biogenic components. The concentrations of suspended matter appear to follow an annual cycle similar to that of primary production and deepwater particle flux. Although the concentration of particulate aluminum in the surface water appears to vary randomly with respect to that cycle, the removal of aluminum to deep water is intimately linked to the rapid downward transport of organic matter.