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Retention of dissolved iron and FeII in an iron induced Southern Ocean phytoplankton bloom


Croot, PL and Bowie, AR and Frew, RD and Maldonado, MT and Hall, JA and Safi, KL and Roche, JL and Boyd, PW and Law, CS, Retention of dissolved iron and FeII in an iron induced Southern Ocean phytoplankton bloom, Geophysical Research Letters, 28, (18) pp. 3425-3428. ISSN 0094-8276 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/2001GL013023


During the 13 day Southern Ocean Iron RElease Experiment (SOIREE), dissolved iron concentrations decreased rapidly following each of three iron-enrichments, but remained high (> 1 nM, up to 80% as FeII) after the fourth and final enrichment on day 8. The former trend was mainly due to dilution (spreading of iron-fertilized waters) and particle scavenging. The latter may only be explained by a joint production-maintenance mechanism; photoreduction is the only candidate process able to produce sufficiently high FeII, but as such levels persisted overnight (8 hr dark period) - ten times the half-life for this species - a maintenance mechanism (complexation of FeII) is required, and is supported by evidence of increased ligand concentrations on day 12. The source of these ligands and their affinity for FeII is not known. This retention of iron probably permitted the longevity of this bloom raising fundamental questions about iron cycling in HNLC (High Nitrate Low Chlorophyll) Polar waters.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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)
ID Code:26316
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:118
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2007-11-07
Last Modified:2007-11-07

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