publication . Article . Other literature type . 1988

Characteristics, dynamics and significance of marine snow

Alldredge, Alice L.; Silver, Mary W.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 1988 Journal: Progress in Oceanography, volume 20, pages 41-82 (issn: 0079-6611, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Macroscopic aggregates of detritus, living organisms and inorganic matter known as marine snow, have significance in the ocean both as unique, partially isolated microenvironments and as transport agents: much of surface-derived matter in the ocean fluxes to the ocean interior and the sea floor as marine snow. As microhabitats, marine snow aggregates contain enriched microbial communities and chemical gradients within which processes of photosynthesis, decomposition, and nutrient regeneration occur at highly elevated levels. Microbial communities associated with marine snow undergo complex successional changes on time scales of hours to days which signi...
Medical Subject Headings: fungihuman activities
free text keywords: Aquatic Science, Geology
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