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Volume 02 Issue 01

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Volume 02, No. 1
Pages 26 - 31


Particle Deposition in the Present and Holocene Black Sea

By Bernward Hay and Susumu Honjo 
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The Black Sea represents a fascinating environment for detailed particle deposition studies. The basin is comparatively small, yet over 2,000 m deep. It is nearly completely enclosed and only connected through the shallow Bosporus to the world’s oceans. The hydrography and the sediment input parameters from the surrounding rivers are comparatively well known. The seasonal changes in sedimentation are preserved in the bottom sediments in the form of laminated sequences, since the absence of oxygen in the deep water interface prohibits bioturbation. Once deposited, the sediments in the abyssal Black Sea remain in place: redistribution processes on the basin floor are comparatively insignificant.


Hay, B., and S. Honjo. 1989. Particle deposition in the present and Holocene Black Sea. Oceanography 2(1):26–31, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1989.27.

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