Water column and sediment nitrogen and phosphorus distribution patterns in the Florida Keys, USA

  title={Water column and sediment nitrogen and phosphorus distribution patterns in the Florida Keys, USA},
  author={Alina M. Szmant and Andrew Forrester},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Measurements of the distribution patterns of nutrients (ammonium, nitrate, orthophosphate, total N and total P) and chlorophyll concentrations were conducted under an interdisciplinary program known as SEAKEYS, initiated because of concern that anthropogenic nutrients may be impacting Florida coral reefs. Samples were collected along transects that extended from passes or canals to 0.5 km offshore of the outermost reefs. Seven of the transects were either in the Biscayne National Park (BNP) and… 
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Episodic nutrient transport to Florida coral reefs
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Controls on Temporal and Spatial Variation of Nutrients in a Tropical Marine Artificial Reef: The Case of the Victory 8B on the Southeastern Brazilian Coast
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Experimental evidence for nutrient limitation of seagrass growth in a tropical estuary with restricted circulation
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Process Influencing Water Column Nutrient Characteristics and Phosphorus Limitation of Phytoplankton Biomass in Florida Bay, FL, USA:Inferences from Spatial Distributions
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Relationships between porewater nutrients and seagrasses in a subtropical carbonate environment
The hypothesis that sediment porewaters are the most important source of nutrients for seagrass growth is supported in this subtropical carbonate environment, as the availability of phosphorus in the porewater limits the development, and controls the species composition, of seagRass beds.
Phosphorus and nitrogen in coral reef sediments
The occurrence of P and N in the sediments has been investigated on Davies Reef in the central region of the Great Barrier Reef Complex. Concentrations of inorganic P and N in the water were typical
Interstitial water and sediment chemistry of two cores from Florida Bay
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Nutrient couplings between on-site sewage disposal systems, groundwaters, and nearshore surface waters of the Florida Keys
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Effects of eutrophication on reef-building corals
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