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J. S. Riley, R. Sanders, C. Marsay, F. A. C. Le Moigne, E. P. Achterberg and A. J. Poulton The relative contribution of fast and slow sinking particles to ocean carbon export Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26

Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2011GB004085

Key Points

  • Fast and slow sinking POC contributes 40% and 60% of export
  • Slow sinking POC is not ballasted and remineralized in the twilight zone
  • Fast sinking POC supplies the abyss and is at least partially ballasted

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