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Science. 1978 Jul 28;201(4353):371-3.

Marine snow: microplankton habitat and source of small-scale patchiness in pelagic populations.

Abstract

In near-surface waters of the neritic zone, the fragile aggregate material called "marine snow" is enriched by a variety of planktonic organisms and detrital products of plankton. Here marine snow is a source of patchiness and taxonomic diversity for microplankton populations and is a likely food resource and recycling agent for fecal particles.

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