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Chemistry of Oceanic Particulate Matter and Sediments: Implications for Bottom Sediment Resuspension

Edward T. Baker and Richard A. Feely
Science
New Series, Vol. 200, No. 4341 (May 5, 1978), pp. 533-535
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1746585
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Chemistry of Oceanic Particulate Matter and Sediments: Implications for Bottom Sediment Resuspension
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Abstract

Analyses of suspended particulate matter from the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean have defined a 400-meter-thick benthic nepheloid layer enriched in aluminum, silicon, iron, and manganese relative to the overlying waters. Chemical mass-balance calculations suggest that the concentration increases in the benthic nepheloid layer are due to resuspension from the fraction of the local bottom sediments in the size range ≤1 micrometer.

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