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The integral role of iron in ocean biogeochemistry


Tagliabue, A and Bowie, AR and Boyd, PW and Buck, KN and Johnson, KS and Saito, MA, The integral role of iron in ocean biogeochemistry, Nature, 543, (7643) pp. 51-59. ISSN 0028-0836 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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The micronutrient iron is now recognized to be important in regulating the magnitude and dynamics of ocean primary productivity, making it an integral component of the oceanís biogeochemical cycles. In this Review, we discuss how a recent increase in observational data for this trace metal has challenged the prevailing view of the ocean iron cycle. Instead of focusing on dust as the major iron source and emphasizing ironís tight biogeochemical coupling to major nutrients, a more complex and diverse picture of the sources of iron, its cycling processes and intricate linkages with the ocean carbon and nitrogen cycles has emerged.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:iron, ocean, biogeochemistry, synopsis
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Bowie, AR (Professor Andrew Bowie)
UTAS Author:Boyd, PW (Professor Philip Boyd)
ID Code:115577
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT130100037)
Web of Science® Times Cited:334
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2017-03-31
Last Modified:2019-09-25
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