Title

The Integral Role of Iron in Ocean Biogeochemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2017

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21058

Abstract

The micronutrient iron is now recognized to be important in regulating the magnitude and dynamics of ocean primary productivity, making it an integral component of the ocean’s biogeochemical cycles. In this Review, we discuss how a recent increase in observational data for this trace metal has challenged the prevailing view of the ocean iron cycle. Instead of focusing on dust as the major iron source and emphasizing iron’s tight biogeochemical coupling to major nutrients, a more complex and diverse picture of the sources of iron, its cycling processes and intricate linkages with the ocean carbon and nitrogen cycles has emerged.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Nature, v. 543, p. 51-59

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