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Volume 01, No. 1
Pages 14 - 17


REVIEW AND COMMENT • Dissolved Organic Matter in the Ocean: Comments on a Controversy

By P.M. Williams and E.R.M. Druffel 
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Recent measurements of dissolved (including colloidal) organic carbon (DOC) and nitrogen (DON) concentrations in the northwestern Pacific (Sugimura and Suzuki, 1988; Suzuki et al., 1985) are 50 to 400% higher than previous results found for oceanic surface and deep waters (Figures 1,2). These elevated concentrations, as yet unconfirmed, have been accepted as gospel by some, as heresy by others, with the skeptics somewhere in between.


Williams, P.M., and E.R.M. Druffel. 1988. Dissolved organic matter in the ocean: Comments on a controversy. Oceanography 1(1):14–17, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1988.33.

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