Accession Number : ADA309898

Title :   The Form of Organic Matter in the Muddy Sediments Near Eckernfoerde Bay, Germany.

Descriptive Note : Quarterly technical rept. Jan-Mar 96,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI STENNIS SPACE CENTER CENTER FOR MARINE SCI ENCE

Personal Author(s) : Furukawa, Yoko

PDF Url : ADA309898

Report Date : 31 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Organic matter (OM) is one of the most important components in the seafloor sediments in Eckemfoerde Bay, Germany. The GM accounts for up to 10 weight % of sediments in some parts of the Bay. Because GM is relatively low in density and often hydrophilic, its role in defining the sediment structure and microfabric can be significant. Therefore, it is important to understand the form of GM in the sediments. This study was originated under the hypothesis that the GM is either incorporated into the fecal pellets which are abundant in the study area sediments, or coating the surface of sediment particles. The clay-sized particles would provide the most surface are for the GM coating due to their large specific surface area. In order to test the above hypothesis, the relationships among GM contents, fecal pellet contents, and clay contents were examined.

Descriptors :   *ORGANIC MATERIALS, *OCEAN BOTTOM SOILS, *ORGANIC SOILS, TEST AND EVALUATION, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, GRAIN SIZE, SAND, SURFACES, COATINGS, CLAY, GERMANY, PELLETS, SEDIMENTS, FECES, BAYS, SILT.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE