Southwest monsoon of 1979: Chemical and biological response of Somali coastal waters

S. L. Smith, L. A. Codispoti

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Abstract

In 1979 two areas of upwelling were observed off Somalia, one near 10°N and one near 5°N. The areas of upwelling were characterized by sea surface temperatures between 17° and 22°C, high concentrations of surface nutrients (5 to 20 micromoles of nitrate per liter) and surface chlorophyll a (0.4 to 5.0 milligrams per cubic meter), primary productivity averaging 1.7 grams of carbon per square meter per day, and a phytoplankton assemblage dominated numerically by the diatom Nitzschia delicatissima.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-600
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume209
Issue number445
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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    Smith, S. L., & Codispoti, L. A. (1980). Southwest monsoon of 1979: Chemical and biological response of Somali coastal waters. Science, 209(445), 597-600.