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Permeable marine sediments: overturning an old paradigm


Huettel,  Markus
Flux Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Boudreau, B. P., Huettel, M., Forster, S., Jahnke, R. A., McLachlan, A., Middelburg, J. J., et al. (2001). Permeable marine sediments: overturning an old paradigm. Eos Transactions, 82(11), 133-140.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-476D-3
Sandy sediments, which cover about 70% of continental shelves and most beaches, are often thought of as geochemical deserts that harbor no life because they are usually poor in organic matter and other reactive substances. Based on the belief that significant reactions and fluxes and a dynamic ecology require large standing stocks of reactants and organic matter, sandy sediments are neglected.