Mass coral spawning : A natural large-scale nutrient addition experiment

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A mass coral spawning event on the Heron Island reef flat in 2005 provided a unique opportunity to examine the response of a coral reef ecosystem to a large episodic nutrient addition. A post-major spawning phytoplankton bloom resulted in only a small drawdown of dissolved inorganic phosphorus (DIP minimum 5 0.37 mmol L21), compared with almost complete… (More)

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