benthic discuss 2 - This study investigating the effects of...

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This study investigating the effects of sediment granulometry on the distribution of benthic organisms was conducted by a number of researchers from the National Institute of Oceanography in India. The study was conducted on a region of the continental margin in the Arabian Sea on the Southwestern coast of India. Samples were collected from depths of 20-200m which included the upper slope at 100-200m (figure 1). The objective of the study was to determine the spatial distribution of benthic organisms with respect to varying sediment characteristics including particle size and organic matter content. The authors stressed the important link between sediment characteristics and the physical processes of the overlying water column. This area is unique in that the surface currents change in both direction and average transport from the winter to summer monsoon season. However, there is a constant poleward current that flows along the upper slope at 150m. Differences in sediment size distribution were attributed to the differences in current velocities with coarse grain sediments being found
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course MSCI 479 taught by Professor Koepfler during the Spring '08 term at Coastal Carolina University.

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