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Free Content The Relationship of Total Phosphorus Concentration in Sea Water to Red Tide Blooms

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An examination of existing published and unpublished data concerning total phosphorus concentration before, during, and after Red Tide outbreaks was undertaken.

The literature and earlier data have indicated that abnormally high phosphorus content is frequently associated with plankton blooms. An examination of all available data reveals that this is not so in the case of Red Tide outbreaks off the west coast of Florida.

It was concluded that waters of the west coast of Florida maintain a sufficient phosphorus content to support a Red Tide at all times of the year and that fluctuations in this have no direct value in predicting outbreaks.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1957

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