The behavior of the basic nutrients (NO3, PO4, SiO2) was studied in the estuary of the Razdol’naya River in low and high water, the flow was 4.3 × 106 m3/day and 10.8 × 106 m3/day, respectively. It was shown that within the limits of the euphotic zone the nutrients were characterized by a pronounced nonconservative behavior caused by their removal by phytoplankton in primary production. It was determined that phytoplankton removal of nutrients occurred with ratios ΔC : ΔNO3 : ΔP : ΔSi = 105 : 18 : 1 : 37 and ΔC : ΔNO3 : ΔP : ΔSi = 93 : 11 : 1 : 29 at a respective ratio P : NO3 : Si = 1 : 22 : 140 in low water and P : NO3 : Si = 1 : 17 : 120 in high water. It was also determined that the maximum rate of nutrient removal was 4 times higher in the high water than in the low water. The maximum value of primary production of phytoplankton was 2.5–4.0 gC/m2 day. The estuary area of the Razdol’naya River was specified by rather high production. Such a rate of estuarine primary production, caused by nutrients carried out by the river, being no less than 250 t of dry weight of phytoplankton a day, can provide daily production up to 800 t of biomass in the secondary chain of the ecosystem.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: May 16, 2005
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