Examining Relationships Between Organic Carbon Flux and Deep-Sea Deposit Feeding

  • Robert S. Carney
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 31)


The picture of a deep benthic environment subjected to fluctuating detritus supply and availability is now emerging from the convergence of geochemical, sedimentological, physical and ecological investigations. In the past decade there have been dramatic gains in organic carbon geochemistry contrasting to slower progress in ecology of deep-sea deposit feeding. Therefore, rather than reviewing the old question of, “what is the role of detritus feeding in the deep sea,” it is the purpose of this chapter to outline a new perspective from which the question needs to he reassessed. We can already make two broad generalizations which point to the extreme importance of a variable food supply.


Sediment Trap Benthic Foraminifera Deposit Feeder Abyssal Plain Labile Carbon 
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  • Robert S. Carney
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  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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