LIU Jiaxing, ZHOU Linbin, TAN Yehui, WANG Qiong, HU Zifeng, LI Jiajun, JIANG Xin, KE Zhixin. Distribution of reactive aluminum under the influence of mesoscale eddies in the western South China Sea[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2017, 36(6): 95-103. doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1046-7
Citation: LIU Jiaxing, ZHOU Linbin, TAN Yehui, WANG Qiong, HU Zifeng, LI Jiajun, JIANG Xin, KE Zhixin. Distribution of reactive aluminum under the influence of mesoscale eddies in the western South China Sea[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2017, 36(6): 95-103. doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1046-7

Distribution of reactive aluminum under the influence of mesoscale eddies in the western South China Sea

doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1046-7
  • Received Date: 2016-03-07
  • Rev Recd Date: 2016-06-30
  • To understand the distribution of aluminum (Al) under the influence of mesocale eddies in the western South China Sea (SCS), sea level anomaly, geostrophic current, environmental parameters and reactive Al were investigated in the western SCS in August 2013. The highest reactive Al concentration ((180±64) nmol/L) was observed in the surface waters, indicating a substantial atmospheric input. Vertically, the reactive Al decreased from the surface high concentration to the subsurface minima at the depth of chlorophyll a (Chl a) maxima and then increased again with depth at most of the stations. The average concentration of reactive Al in the upper 100 m water column was significantly lower in the cyclonic eddy ((137±6) nmol/L) as compared with that in the non-eddy waters ((180±21) nmol/L). By contrast, the average concentrations of Chl a and silicate in the upper 100 m water column were higher in the cyclonic eddy and lower in the anticyclonic eddy. There was a significant negative correlation between the average concentrations of reactive Al and Chl a in the upper 100 m water column. The vertical distribution of reactive Al and the negative correlation between reactive Al and Chl a both suggest that the reactive Al in the upper water column was significantly influenced by biological removal processes. Our results indicate that mesoscale eddies could regulate the distribution of reactive Al by influencing the primary production and phytoplankton community structure in the western SCS.
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