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Coccolith Conundrum: How shape affects sinking and light acquisition
(Friday Harbor Laboratories, 2012-08)
I use three simple models to assess the degree to which thickness of the upper element of a coccolith and the height of the connecting stalk influence a coccolithophore’s sinking rate, and ability to acquire light. One generates different coccolith profiles by varying how the same amount of mass is distributed among three ...