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Biogeochemical Processes at the Land-Sea Boundary - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444426758, 9780080870816

Biogeochemical Processes at the Land-Sea Boundary, Volume 43

1st Edition

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Editors: P. Lasserre J.-M. Martin
eBook ISBN: 9780080870816
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st April 2000
Page Count: 211
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Table of Contents

I. Behaviour of chemical species and modelling. Approaches in chemical speciation studies in marine waters (C.J.M. Kramer). River inputs into oceans (W. Michaelis, V. Ittekkot and E.T. Degens). Surface properties of particles at the land-sea boundary (J.-M. Martin, J.-M. Mouchel and J. Jednacak-Biscan). II. Nutrient cycling and pathways of organic transformations. Modelling studies of material flows in a shallow ecosystem compared to the open ocean (J.G. Field, P.A. Wickens and D.L. Moloney). The retention of nutrients (C, N, P), heavy metals (Mn, Cd, Pb, Cu), and petroleum hydrocarbons in Narragansett Bay (S.W. Nixon, C.D. Hunt and B.L. Nowicki). The role of detritus at the land-sea boundary (K.H. Mann). Spatial and temporal distribution of bacterial populations in marine shallow water surface sediments (L.-A. Meyer-Reil). Heat production of microorganisms in eutrophied estuarine systems - An experimental study (P. Lasserre, T. Tournié, M. Bianchi and S. Chamroux). III. Uptake of trace elements by living organisms. Trace metals-phytoplankton interactions: an overview (F.M.M. Morel). Biological availability of trace elements (D.R. Turner). Predictions for the mobility of elements in the estuarine environment (B.R. Folsom and J.M. Wood).


There is an intuitive belief among scientists that each estuary or lagoon is unique and different. Similarities do exist, however, and this book attempts to highlight some common properties and perhaps some innovative views on biogeochemical processes, and biological fluxes which are of central concern in the understanding of the land-sea boundary.

The contents are based upon lectures given at a Seminar organised as the scientific component of the 17th General Meeting of SCOR, held at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, on 22-24 October 1984. The original lectures have been substantially extended and revised in order to give a fuller treatment of the subject. The contributions identify important processes influencing (I) Behaviour of chemical species, (II) Nutrient cycling and mechanisms of organic transformations and (III) Uptake of trace elements by living systems. The connection between terrestrial and oceanic systems is a functional one and the consequences of this linkage on the very large variety of coastal systems are profound. It is widely recognized that many of the major processes which influence the biological properties and chemical forms of elements, and their biogeochemical cycles in the ocean occur at the land-sea boundary, especially in estuaries, coastal lagoons, the coastline and the shelf. Over 80% of living systems and their fisheries take place in near shore waters and the consequential production of organic matter produced triggers off the high level of activity. Over the last fifteen years, there has been considerable stimulus to provide framework to evaluate the interactions and effects of human activities. The rich assemblage of tables and figures and of literature citations contained in the chapters provides an excellent basis for in-depth investigations.

Oceanographers, limnologists, aquatic chemists, marine biologists, and environmental specialists will find this book highly valuable reading for advanced research and training purposes.


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