Marine Denitrification

  • John J. Goering
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 9)


Nitrogen is one of the biogenic elements that often limit the growth of phytoplankton, the major producers of organic matter in the sea (Dugdale and Goering, 1967; Ryther and Dunstan, 1971; Walsh and Dugdale, 1971; McCarthy, 1977; Eppley et al., 1979). For this reason its biogeochemical cycle has, for many years, been extensively studied by marine scientists. The majority of the nitrogen required for plant growth in the marine environment is supplied by the recycling of organic and inorganic fixed nitrogen. Recycled nitrogen is used because large amounts of energy are required to use elemental nitrogen (i.e., break the N-N bond) and most marine organisms cannot use molecular nitrogen as a source of nitrogen for growth.


Nitrous Oxide Denitrification Rate Oxygen Minimum Zone Elemental Nitrogen Sediment Denitrification 
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  • John J. Goering
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  1. 1.Institute of Marine ScienceUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksCanada

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