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Coccolithophore Bloom (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 472

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Class Phytoplankton
Biotic Subclass Coccolithophore Phytoplankton
Biotic Group Coccolithophore Bloom
Biotic Community Emiliania huxleyi Bloom


Description
Definition Surface waters where rapid growth and very high densities of coccolithophores occur. These organisms form enormous blooms in the coastal and offshore oceans. Blooms may be linked to upwelling events.