Sinking rates of phytoplankton filaments orientated at different angles: theory and physical model

Daryl Philip Holland

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Measurements of phytoplankton sinking rates are usually performed on samples of randomly oriented cells or colonies and yet the theoretical analyses of results are usually based on formulae restricted to objects oriented either vertically or horizontally. Formulae first published in 1965 but unknown in the phytoplankton literature can be used to calculate sinking rates of prolate ellipsoids and cylinders, shapes commonly encountered in phytoplankton, sinking at a range of angles between vertical and horizontal
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327 - 1336
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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