Basin-scale estimates of pelagic and coral reef calcification in the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean.

  title={Basin-scale estimates of pelagic and coral reef calcification in the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean.},
  author={Zvi Steiner and Jonathan Erez and Aldo Shemesh and Ruth Yam and Amitai Katz and Boaz Lazar},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={111 46},
Basin-scale calcification rates are highly important in assessments of the global oceanic carbon cycle. Traditionally, such estimates were based on rates of sedimentation measured with sediment traps or in deep sea cores. Here we estimated CaCO3 precipitation rates in the surface water of the Red Sea from total alkalinity depletion along their axial flow using the water flux in the straits of Bab el Mandeb. The relative contribution of coral reefs and open sea plankton were calculated by… CONTINUE READING
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