Nitrate-Rich Groundwater Inputs to Discovery Bay, Jamaica: A Significant Source of N to Local Coral Reefs?
The freshwater aquifer at Discovery Bay, Jamaica, produces subterranean springs and seeps near the reef at the mouth and along the southern and western shorelines of the bay. A strong inverse correlation exists between salinity and N concentration. Undiluted spring-water typically contains 80 μg at N per liter or more, primarily as nitrate, but is essentially devoid of P. Input from the springs is enough to reduce the salinity by one to several parts per thousand near these sites and appears to produce a significant enrichment of nitrogen to the bay.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 1981
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