Title

Reef-Building Coral Skeletons as Chemical Pollution (Phosphorus) Indicators

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1984

Publication Title

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Keywords

Coral reefs, Water pollution (chemical)

ISSN

0025-326X

Volume

15

Issue/No.

5

First Page

178

Last Page

187

Abstract

The inorganic and total phosphorus concentrations of the skeleton of reef-building corals have been determined on specimens from Bermuda, St Croix and Curacao. Concentrations determined on sub-samples dated by density band growth increments indicate that a record of seawater phosphorus is preserved which, in certain cases, is consistent with the location and time history of sewage and other phorphorus pollution episodes.

Comments

©1984 Pergamon Press Ltd.

Additional Comments

NOAA grant #: NA 80 RAD 00045

DOI

10.1016/0025-326X(84)90317-5

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