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Marine biogeochemistry

The ups and downs of ocean oxygen


The daily vertical migration of small marine animals transfers organic carbon from the surface ocean to depth. An assessment of acoustic data reveals that the depth of migration is closely tied to subsurface oxygen levels throughout much of the global ocean.

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Figure 1: Marine diel vertical migration.


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Doney, S., Steinberg, D. The ups and downs of ocean oxygen. Nature Geosci 6, 515–516 (2013).

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