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Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland: Study shows complex connection between meltwater discharge and nutrient input

Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland: Study shows complex connection between meltwater discharge and nutrient input

The unusual timing of highly-productive summer plankton blooms off Greenland indicates a connection between increasing amounts of meltwater and nutrients in these coastal waters. Researchers now show that this connection exists, but is much more complex than widely supposed. Whether increasing meltwater has a positive or negative effect on summertime phytoplankton depends on the depth at which a glacier sits in the ocean.

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