Suspended Matter in Deep Ocean Water

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Science  12 Mar 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3663, pp. 1291-1294
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3663.1291


A nepheloid layer has been observed by optical means in the lower part of the water column on the continental slope and rise. By sampling it has been found to be a suspension of lutite, apparently in sufficient quantity to induce downslope flow. Sediment transported in the nepheloid layer may be a major component of deep-sea sediment bodies.