Microbial Degradation of Organic Matter in the Deep Sea

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Science  19 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3972, pp. 672-675
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3972.672


Food materials from the sunken and recovered research submarine Alvin were found to be in a strikingly well-preserved state after exposure for more than 10 months to deep-sea conditions. Subsequent experiments substantiated this observation and indicated that rates of microbial degradation were 10 to 100 times slower in the deep sea than in controls under comparable temperatures.