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Free Content Spectral observations of pigment fluorescence in intermediate depth waters of the North Pacific

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Vertical profiles at three stations off the California coast showed spectral differences between fluorescence at the primary fluorescence maxima (near 100 m) and the deeper maximum (near 800 m). Two broad-band excitation and several narrow or high-pass emission filters were used with an in situ fluorometer to 1500 m. Interpretation of these data suggests: (1) chlorophyll a was found throughout the water column, with intermediate depth fluorescence about one-third the intensity of that in the primary maximum; (2) phycobilin fluorescence was stronger at intermediate depths than near the surface; and (3) a pigment which fluoresces beyond 700 nm was also found in the primary fluorescence maximum.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 1985

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