Spatial patterns of seston concentration and biochemical composition between nearshore and offshore waters of a Great Lake

  • Smith R
  • Parrish C
  • Depew D
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Abstract

1. The concentration and composition of seston were measured in the east basin of Lake Erie (U.S.A.-Canada) to determine whether the classical patterns of nearshore versus offshore zonation considered typical of large lakes have been altered by decades of change in nutrient loading and food web structure, and to test the possibility that food quality for seston consumers, as reflected in nutrient and lipid composition, may currently be diminished. Chlorophyll-a (chl-a), particulate organic carbon (POC), particulate P, total lipid (TL), lipid classes, fatty acids and major phytoplankton groups were compared between the nearshore (

Author-supplied keywords

  • Dreissena
  • Fatty acids
  • Lipid classes
  • Phosphorus
  • Phytoplankton

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