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Particulate organic matter flux and planktonic new production in the deep ocean

Nature volume 282, pages 677680 (13 December 1979) | Download Citation

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Primary production in the oceans results from allochthonous nutrient inputs to the euphotic zone (new production) and from nutrient recycling in the surface waters (regenerated production). Global new production is of the order of 3.4−4.7 × 109 tons of carbon per year and approximates the sinking flux of paniculate organic matter to the deep ocean.

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  1. Institute of Marine Resources, A-018, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093

    • Richard W. Eppley
  2. Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543

    • Bruce J. Peterson

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