Reconciliation of the carbon budget in the ocean’s twilight zone

  title={Reconciliation of the carbon budget in the ocean’s twilight zone},
  author={Sarah L. C. Giering and Richard Sanders and Richard S. Lampitt and Thomas R. Anderson and Christian Tamburini and Mehdi Boutrif and Mikhail V Zubkov and Chris M. Marsay and Stephanie A Henson and K. H. Saw and Kathryn Cook and Daniel J Mayor},
Photosynthesis in the surface ocean produces approximately 100 gigatonnes of organic carbon per year, of which 5 to 15 per cent is exported to the deep ocean. The rate at which the sinking carbon is converted into carbon dioxide by heterotrophic organisms at depth is important in controlling oceanic carbon storage. It remains uncertain, however, to what extent surface ocean carbon supply meets the demand of water-column biota; the discrepancy between known carbon sources and sinks is as much as… CONTINUE READING
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