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In general, the MBNMS represents a relatively pristine nearshore environment. Studies in this region may provide background information on biogeochemical processes which are relatively unperturbed by anthropogenic inputs. For this reason, cycling of chemical constituents in the MBNMS can be used to tease out the effect of natural and anthropogenic sources in other marine environments. Previous research has focused on specific processes or components within the MBNMS; however, interdisciplinary studies are necessary to gain a more complete understanding. In addition, the Monterey Canyon and its associated habitats provide a unique opportunity to study deep-sea biogeochemical cycling of chemical constituents in a mid- to deep-water setting.


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Water Column Characteristics and Processes in MBNMS
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