Can nutrient loads predict marine water quality?

Janet Pelley , American Chemical Society

This American Chemical Society article explores whether phosphorous or nitrogen plays a larger role in creating the algal blooms of the Mississippi River dead zone. It documents results of a study that finds that the algae-nutrient interaction is complex, but that the system is more phosphorous limited upstream and becomes more nitrogen limited farther downstream.

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Habitats:Marine
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology, Hydrology/Hydrogeology
Extreme Environments: Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Water Column, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere:Ecology:Food Webs, Biosphere:MicrobiologyKeywords: hypoxia, eutrophication