Deep-Sea Benthic Community Respiration: An in situ Study at 1850 Meters

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Science  19 Jan 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4070, pp. 282-283
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4070.282


The in situ oxygen uptake of sediments at 1850 meters on the continental slope south of New England is two orders of magnitude less than the uptake of sediments from shallow shelf depths. After treatment of the sediments with Formalin there was no measurable chemical oxygen uptake, which shows that the total uptake is biological (community respiration).