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Title: Seamounts and organic matter-Is there an effect? The case of Sedlo and Seine seamounts, Part 2. Composition of suspended particulate organic matter
Authors: Kiriakoulakis, K.
Vilas, J. C.
Blackbird, S. J.
Arístegui, J. 
Wolff, G. A.
UNESCO Clasification: 251001 Oceanografía biológica
Keywords: Seamounts
Chlorophyll, et al
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 0967-0645
Journal: Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 
Abstract: The suspended particulate organic matter (sPOM) around two isolated NE Atlantic seamounts, Seine (33°46′N 14°21′W; summit at ∼170 m) and Sedlo (40°19′N 26°40′W; summit at ∼780 m), was studied over a period of 2 years during four 2–4-week oceanographic surveys. Elemental (C and N), chlorophyll a and lipid biomarker concentrations and N stable isotopic values were variable close to the surface (40–90 m), although some chlorophyll a enrichment above the summits was discerned sporadically. Results from near-surface waters showed a generally “fresh”, mainly phytoplankton signature in sPOM with some seasonality, which was more pronounced around Sedlo. sPOM concentrations and composition changed with depth, apparently controlled by seasonality and proximity to the seamounts. A few metres above the Seine summit, the suspended particulate organic carbon (sPOC) concentrations and labile polyunsaturated fatty acids (% of lipids) were higher than elsewhere at similar depths (∼200 m) in summer 2004. In the same season at Sedlo, polyunsaturated fatty acids were also relatively more abundant (up to 43% of total lipids) around the topographic feature throughout the water column, indicating supply of more labile sPOM, perhaps by advection, downwelling or passive sinking of locally produced phytoplankton and/or in situ production. The high-quality sPOM that seems to be present around the seamounts could provide an important food source to the biological community.
ISSN: 0967-0645
DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.12.024
Source: Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography [ISSN 0967-0645], v. 56, p. 2631-2645
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