Reef-Building Coral Skeletons as Chemical Pollution (Phosphorus) Indicators
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Coral reefs, Water pollution (chemical)
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.
Dodge, Richard E., T. D. Jickells, Anthony H. Knap, S. Boyd, and R. P. M. Bak. 1984. "Reef-building coral skeletons as chemical pollution (phosphorus) indicators." Marine Pollution Bulletin no. 15 (5):178-187. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0025-326X(84)90317-5.