Bulk sediment parameter of surface sediment samples (Table 3), supplement to: Müller, Peter J; Suess, Erwin (1979): Productivity, sedimentation rate, and sedimentary organic matter in the oceans. I.- Organic matter preservation. Deep-Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers, 26(12), 1347-1362

Peter J Müller & Erwin Suess
Comparison of rates of accumulation of organic carbon in surface marine sediments from the central North Pacific, the continental margins off northwest Africa, northwest and southwest America, the Argentine Basin, and the western Baltic Sea with primary production rates suggests that the fraction of primary produced organic carbon preserved in the sediments is universally related to the bulk sedimentation rate. Accordingly, less than 0.01% of the primary production becomes fossilized in slowly accumulating pelagic sediments...
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