Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 10 Issue 03

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Volume 10, No. 3
Pages 116 - 121

The Flux of Particles to the Deep Sea: Methods, Measurements, and Mechanisms

Wilford D. Gardner
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“Don’t particles just sink?” This query was raised by a non-oceanographer upon hearing about a class I teach at Texas A&M on the transport of particles from the sea surface to the sea floor. Although many particles do sink, their pathway to the sea floor is seldom direct, and most of them never complete the journey.


Gardner, W.D. 1997. The flux of particles to the deep sea: Methods, measurements, and mechanisms. Oceanography 10(3):116–121, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1997.03.