Diatoms as Hydrographic Tracers: Example from Bering Sea Sediments

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Science  16 Jan 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4479, pp. 279-281
DOI: 10.1126/science.211.4479.279


Variations in the distribution of diatom species in surface sediments mirror distinct hydrographic regimes on the Bering shelf. Spring salinity fronts divide the water column into four zones with different vertical structures and different productivity patterns. Four assemblages of diatoms can be distinguished in sediments underlying the zones.