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Note on the Planktonic Primary Production in Fanning Island Lagoon

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Title:Note on the Planktonic Primary Production in Fanning Island Lagoon
Authors:Gordon, Donald C Jr.
Fournier, Robert O.
Krasnick, George J.
Date Issued:Apr 1971
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Gordon DC, Fournier RO, Krasnick GJ. 1971. Note on the planktonic primary production in Fanning Island Lagoon. Pac Sci 25(2): 228-233.
Abstract:A single series of representative observations indicates that both the
productivity and standing crop of phytoplankton in Fanning Lagoon are much
greater than reported in the lagoons of other Pacific atolls. Productivity, as measured
by the radiocarbon method, averaged 9.29 mg C/m^3/hr, while chlorophyll a
averaged 0.548 µg/liter. Phytoplankton, principally dinoflagellates with some diatoms
and coccoid blue-greens, averaged 12.6 X 10^4 cells/liter. The relative richness
of this lagoon compared with others appears to be due to the greater availability of
nutrients which, in turn, is caused by the unique geographic features of the atoll.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 25, Number 2, 1971

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