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

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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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Eppley, R., Peterson, B. Particulate organic matter flux and planktonic new production in the deep ocean. Nature 282, 677–680 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1038/282677a0

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