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Organic Carbon Budget of Fanning Island Lagoon

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Title:Organic Carbon Budget of Fanning Island Lagoon
Authors:Gordon, Donald C Jr.
Date Issued:Apr 1971
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Gordon DC. 1971. Organic carbon budget of Fanning Island Lagoon. Pac Sci 25(2): 222-227.
Abstract:The concentrations of total and particulate organic carbon in the
waters of Fanning Island Lagoon are high and fairly uniform throughout, averaging
1.68 mg/liter and 80 µg/liter, respectively. Phytoplankton and reefs in the lagoon
produce 7.8 X. 10^4 kg of organic carbon daily, giving a turnover time of only 11
days for organic carbon. Only 0.4 percent of the daily production is lost from the
lagoon by tidal exchange, the remainder is respired by organisms in the lagoon.
Fanning Lagoon is a rich and unique environment which, because of its low flushing
rate of about 230 days, has little effect on the surrounding ocean.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 25, Number 2, 1971

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