Organic Carbon Content of Seawater from over Three Caribbean Reefs
Seawater samples from transects crossing three Caribbean coral reefs showed variations in concentrations of organic carbon. Total organic carbon increased substantially over two fringing reef crests. Most of this increase occurred in the particulate fraction at the seaward edge of the crest but in the dissolved fraction at the landward edge. Backreef levels of total organic carbon were lower than those seaward of the reef. These observations support the hypothesis that organic carbon can be physically removed from the benthos at the turbulent reef crest and be subsequently utilized in back reef areas.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1978-01-01
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