(Table 1) Composition of bottom sediments and pore waters from the West Africa shelf
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Organic and mineral phosphorus (P_org and P_min) have been determined in pore waters of terrigenous, biogenous, as well as weakly phosphatic and phosphatic sediments from the shelf of the West Africa (in 30 samples). Concentrations of P_min in the pore waters have been examined in close relation to grain size and chemical composition (amounts of P and N_org) of solid phase of the sediments. It has been demonstrated that among sands and coarse silts, maximum concentrations of P_min (up to 1.7 mg/l) in the pore waters have been observed in weakly phosphatic and phosphatic sediments rich in organic matter of the highly productive shelf of the Southwest Africa. Concentrations of P_min in the pore waters are most clearly associated with contents of N_org in the solid phase of the sediments (correlation coefficient R = 0.71) and P_org in the pore waters (R = 0.78).