The seasonal pattern of the microphytobenthic community at a near-shore site on the east coast of Signy Island (60°43′S, 45°38′W), South Orkney Islands, was examined over a period of 18 months. Sediment chlorophyll levels showed distinct seasonal variation linked to the photon flux density reaching the benthos. The microphytobenthic community was able to survive under ice and to respond rapidly to higher light intensities that occurred following the breakout of the sea-ice. Seasonal variation in sediment organic content, even at the peak of the benthic bloom. Low rates of sedimentation of material from the water column during the benthic bloom indicated that the benthic algae were mostly responsible for the increase in sediment chlorophyll concentrations. It is suggested that the benthos may play an important role in seeding the phytoplankton bloom through resuspension.
Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and saxophone extraordinaire Skerik have announced a late-night show during the first weekend of Jazz Fest, dubbed “Stanton & Skerik’s 20th Jazz Fest”. The special late-night performance will take place on Sunday, April 28th (technically Monday, April 29th) at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s, as Moore and Skerik will be joined by keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist Scott Metzger, and bassist Andy Hess.On the heels of their recently announced purchase of New Orleans’ legendary Tipitina’s nightclub, funk outfit Galactic will play a three-night run of shows over Mardi Gras, set to take place on March 1st, 2nd, and 4th at Tip’s. The exciting news revolving around Galactic never ends, as the band also has a new album on the way, Already Ready Already, due out on Friday, February 8th via Tchoup-Zilla Records.Tickets for “Stanton & Skerik’s 20th Jazz Fest” late-night are on sale now here.For more information, head to the event page.