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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