Micro-scale biogeochemical heterogeneity in sediments: A review of available technology and observed evidence

Anthony Stockdale, William Davison, Hao Zhang
  • Earth-Science Reviews, January 2009, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2008.11.003

Small-scale biological processes in sediments

What is it about?

The traditional view of sediment, is as a system who's chemistry and biology steadily changes with depth. Little consideration was given to localised biology/chemistry that differed from what was expected at that depth. This study is a review of experimental data that looks at sediment in a more three-dimensional way.

Why is it important?

Having better resolution data that covers more chemical elements simultaneously enables us to better understand biological processes that drive sediment chemistry. This is important as it controls the fixation or release of chemicals to the overlying water and controls degradation and potential preservation (fossilisation) of dead organisms.

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