Organic Matter Oxidation in Marine Sediments

  • Donald E. Canfield
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 4)


The diagenesis and preservation of organic matter in marine sediments has received considerable attention in the past several years. Studies have quantified rates of organic carbon oxidation in sediments and how these rates vary among sedimentary environments, representing a range in sedimentation rates, levels of bottom water oxygen (for example, Canfield, 1989b; Emerson, 1985), and other factors. Also explored has been the relative importance of various oxidants (e.g. O2, NO3 , etc.) in total carbon oxidation (see reviews by Henrichs and Reeburgh, 1987; Jørgensen, 1983; Reeburgh, 1983; Smith and Hinga, 1983).


Marine Sediment Sulfate Reduction Denitrification Rate Carbon Oxidation Sulfate Reduction Rate 
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  1. 1.School of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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