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Response to Comment on "Eddy/Wind Interactions Stimulate Extraordinary Mid-Ocean Plankton Blooms"

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Science  25 Apr 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5875, pp. 448
DOI: 10.1126/science.1148974

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The alternative mechanism proposed by Mahadevan et al. is an unlikely explanation for our observations because their model predicts a bloom at the periphery of the eddy, whereas the observations show it located at the eddy center, and because the vertical displacements caused by the nonlinear Ekman effect are too small to lead to an extraordinary biological response in this eddy.

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