Analyses of about 200 surface water samples collected during late fall 1966 show that concentrations of suspended matter greater than 1 mg/liter were restricted to within a few kilometers off Florida, but extended more than 100 km off Louisiana and Texas. Suspensates from areas farther than 100 km from shore contained mainly combustible organic matter, part of which was attributable to living plankton.
Organic aggregates encompassing appreciable amounts of inorganic detritus were particularly noteworthy in transitional areas. Zooplankton metabolism and fecal pellet production appears to be a geologically significant mechanism for depositing fine suspended matter and may contribute to the zonation of bottom sediments.
The mineral composition of surface suspensates ranges from a low magnesian calcite‐aragonite suite off Florida to montmorillonite‐kaolinite combinations from Alabama to Texas. The mineral composition of the suspensates resembles that of the bottom sediments in each area.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Suspended matter in surface waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico|
|Series title||Limnology and Oceanography|
|Contributing office(s)||Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center|
|Other Geospatial||Northern Gulf of Mexico|
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