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Project ID: EVK3-CT-2002-00073
Finanziato nell'ambito di: FP5-EESD
Paese: United Kingdom

Organic biogeochemistry at Seamounts: A Review

Seamounts or seamount chains may exhibit reduction of prey biomass (Genin et al. 1988) or primary productivity indicators such as chlorophyll a (Venrick 1991) compared to the neighbouring open ocean. In any case they seem to exert an influence to their immediate environment and this is often referred as the ‘seamount effect’.

Although it has long been recognised that physical processes may largely be responsible, the precise mechanisms are poorly understood. This review focuses on biogeochemical investigations around seamounts both in the water column and in sediments, although the physical and biological aspects of the studies, being intimately related, are also mentioned.

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