Detrital Organic Fluxes Through Pelagic Ecosystems

  • M. V. Angel
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 13)


Menzel (1974) wrote ‘particularly lacking is information on the rates of input, utilisation and decomposition of organic matter to and in the deep sea, and the extent to which these processes influence the chemistry of seawater.’ Here we are particularly concerned with the ecological effects and fluxes of detrital organic matter throughout the water column. The steady increase of knowledge of the vertical structure of oceanic midwater communities has gradually increased awareness of the importance of the rain of detrital material in fuelling the bathypelagic and deep benthic communities (e.g. Vinogradov, 1968; Angel and Baker, 1982).


Particulate Organic Carbon Fecal Pellet Sediment Trap Fecal Material Diel Vertical Migration 
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  • M. V. Angel
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  1. 1.Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (N.E.R.C.)Wormley, Godalming, SurreyUK

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