The biogeochemical distribution of trace elements in the Indian Ocean

  • Paul M. Saager


The present review deals with the distributions of dissolved trace metals in the Indian Ocean in relation with biological, chemical and hydrographic processes. The literature data-base is extremely limited and almost no information is available on particle processes and input and output processes of trace metals in the Indian Ocean basin and therefore much research is needed to expand our understanding of the marine chemistries of most trace metals. An area of special interest for future research is the Arabian Sea. The local conditions (upwelling induced productivity, restricted bottom water circulation and suboxic intermediate waters) create a natural laboratory for studying trace metal chemistry.


Geochemistry trace metals biogeochemistry Indian Ocean review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Saager
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  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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