Particulates and Phytoplankton Biomass
The total particulate load of a water body can be divided into living and nonliving fractions. The living fraction is influenced by nutrients. The nonliving fraction, however, is jointly determined by biological factors such as the rate of production of biological detritus and by abiotic factors such as silt content of the lake’s water supply. It is essential that the particulate functions be disentangled as well as possible before any causal analysis is attempted. Here we show the patterns of particulate concentrations in Lake Dillon and the contributions of identifiable fractions to these patterns.
KeywordsWater Column Mixed Layer Phytoplankton Biomass Nutrient Depletion Phytoplankton Composition
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