Encyclopedia of Geobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Joachim Reitner, Volker Thiel

Degradation (of Organic Matter)

  • Joachim Reitner
  • Volker Thiel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9212-1_255

Transformations of organic matter within the range of temperatures, pressures and environmental conditions found at or near earth surface environments. If biological activity is confirmed to cause the transformations, termed biodegradation. See entries “ Carbon (Organic, Cycling)" and “ Carbon (Organic, Degradation)”, and “ Microbial degradation (of organic matter)” for further reading.

Keywords

Geochemistry Biodegradation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Reitner
    • 1
  • Volker Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany