By E. A. Romankevich, A. A. Vetrov (auth.), John S. Gray, William Ambrose Jr., Anna Szaniawska (eds.)
Oceanographic discontinuities (e. g. frontal platforms, upwelling components, ice edges) are usually parts of better organic productiveness. enormous study at the physics and biology of the actual limitations defining those discontinues has been comprehensive (see [I D. The interface among water and sediment is the biggest actual boundary within the ocean, yet has now not obtained a proportionate measure of recognition. the aim of the Nato complex learn Workshop (ARW) used to be to target soft-sediment structures by means of making a choice on deficiencies in our wisdom of those structures and defining key matters within the administration of coastal sedimentary habitats. Marine sediments play very important roles within the marine environment and the biosphere. they supply nutrition and habitat for plenty of marine organisms, a few of that are commercially very important. extra importantly from an international point of view, marine sediments additionally offer "ecosystem items and prone" [2J. natural topic from basic construction within the water column and contaminants scavenged by way of debris gather in sediments the place their destiny depends upon sediment techniques similar to bioturbation and biogeochemical biking. meals are regenerated and contaminants degraded in sediments. below a few stipulations, carbon accumulates in coastal and shelf sediments and should by way of faraway from the carbon cycle for hundreds of thousands of years, having a most likely major effect on worldwide weather swap. Sediments additionally safeguard coasts. the commercial price of companies supplied through coastal components has lately been anticipated to be at the order of $12,568 nine 10 y" [3J, a ways in way over the worldwide GNP.
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The increase in the total weight of seston and POM towards land may be considered as another indirect cOnIrrmation of the importance of resuspension_ The heterogeneity in deeper sediment layers may be due to bioturbation_ The main burrowing organism Nereis diversicolor (Polychaeta), occupies all types of sediments right up to the shoreline and temporary pools. The temporal and spatial distribution of organic matter in bottom sediments of Syrdarya area (Table 3) are most likely due to dam-building and repairs, man-induced disturbance of river-bed upstream and inter-annual changes in river input [16).
The ratio AJD (where A-is the value of total photosynthesis in the water column Im-2 ; D - decomposition, m- 2) is the simplest estimate of the balance between autochthonic supply and decomposition of organic matter in the ecosystem. The system is in balance when the ratio is close to I. The dominance of decomposition over photosynthesis is evidence that pelagic associations existed previously and were based on allochthonous organic matter with some contribution from the decomposition ofphytobenthos.
Biogeochemical Cycling and Sediment Ecology by E. A. Romankevich, A. A. Vetrov (auth.), John S. Gray, William Ambrose Jr., Anna Szaniawska (eds.)