The Seasonal Influence of Chesapeake Bay Phytoplankton to the Continental Shelf
High concentrations of phytoplankton characterize the Chesapeake Bay entrance area and the Bay plume during spring and fall. A tendency for vertical homogeneity and low species diversity for the phytoplankton were also associated with the plume. As the plume moves along the shelf it is continually seeding these waters with an estuarine and coastal mixture of species, many of which appear more common over the shelf, and possibly indicative of increased shelf eutrophication.
KeywordsContinental Shelf Shelf Water Phytoplankton Assemblage Bottom Depth Vertical Homogeneity
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