Hydrodynamics of carbonate fecal pellets.

H. R. Wanless, E. A. Burton, J. Dravis

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Single grain settling of pellets collected from 8 shallow marine environments in S.Florida and the Bahamas permits calibration with the hydrodynamic behavior of quartz spheres. Well-hardened carbonate pellets settle at rates equivalent to quartz spheres having a median diameter 70-100% of the pellet size. Soft carbonate pellets containing abundant silt settled as quartz spheres 90-30% in diameter. Soft carbonate pellets composed mainly of aragonite needle mud settled as quartz spheres 60-25% in diameter.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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