The Importance of Mineralization Processes in Surface Sediments at Continental Margins

  • M. ZabelEmail author
  • C. Hensen


This paper is intended to give a brief overview covering the main aspects of mineralization and preservation of organic carbon in continental margin sediments. It is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the whole subject. Instead, we will summarise the relevant subjects, present data from a number of well studied sites from different areas of the world ocean and focus on the aspects of lateral sediment advection, the role of oxygen minimum zones and the preservation/ dissolution of calcium carbonate. We also summarise data compiled in different studies and compare it to global estimates to be able to better evaluate the role of mineralization in ocean margin sediments for the world oceans.


Continental Margin Particulate Organic Carbon Terrestrial Organic Matter Oxygen Minimum Zone Calcite Dissolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich GeowissenschaftenUniversität BremenBremenGermany

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