ESTIMACIÓN DE LA PRODUCTIVIDAD PRIMARIA EN DOS BAJOS DE LA PARTE SUR DEL GOLFO DE CALIFORNIA, MÉXICO

G. Verdugo-Díaz, R. Cervantes Duarte, M. O. Albáñez-Lucero

Abstract


Primary productivity estimation in two seamounts in the southern Gulf of California, México

Vertical profiles of temperature and natural fluorescence from 100 m deep were made during February 2005. Water transparency was measured using Secchi’s disc, as well samples of superficial water and at maximum of fluorescence deep were collected to analyze inorganic nutrients. In “El Bajo Espiritu Santo” temperature (20 °C at surface) diminished gradually with depth, without significant stratification.Primary productivity shows superficial values close to 6 mg C m-3 h-1, recahing undetectable values at 20 m of depth. In “El Bajo Gorda” surface temperature reached 22 °C and the water column shows a thermocline between 35 m and 45 m of depth. The profiles of primary productivity presented a subsurface maximum (approximately 2 mg C m-3 h-1) associated with the thermocline.

Keywords


Primary Productivity; Gulf of California; El Bajo Gorda

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