The role of mat-forming diatoms in the formation of Mediterranean sapropels

  title={The role of mat-forming diatoms in the formation of Mediterranean sapropels},
  author={Alan E. S. Kemp and Richard B. Pearce and Itaru Koizumi and Jennifer Pike and Stan J Rance},
The origins of sapropels (sedimentary layers rich in organic carbon) are unclear, yet they may be a key to understanding the influence of climate on ocean eutrophication, the mechanisms of sustaining biological production in stratified waters and the genesis of petroleum source rocks. Recent microfossil studies of foraminifera and calcareous nannofossils have focused attention on a deep chlorophyll maximum as a locus for the high production inferred for sapropel formation, but have not… CONTINUE READING
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