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Advances in Earth Science  2008, Vol. 23 Issue (9): 932-941    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2008.09.0932
Bioturbation in Seabed Sediments and Its Effects on Marine Sedimentary Processes and Records
Yang Qunhui1,Zhou Huaiyang1,Ji Fuwu1,Wang Hu1,Yang Weifang2,3
1.State Key Lab of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092,China;2.Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Guangzhou 510640, China;3.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China
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Abstract  Bioturbation in seabed sediments results from feeding, burrowing and habitat construction by benthos. It can substantially modify the physical, chemical properties of sediments, distort or smear primary stratigraphical signals, influence the early diagenesis, sedimentary record and stability of sediments. Research on bioturbation is very important to roundly and exactly understand the processes of biogeochemical cycles in marine sediments, accurately reconstruct the records of palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology, reasonably adjust and control the biodiversity of seabed ecosystem. This paper briefly reviews the development of the research on bioturbation in marine sediments, and focuses on comments of the observation and quantitative research methods of biotutrbation, its major influential factors, and its effects on sedimentary processes and records.
Key words:  Marine sediments      Bioturbation      Influential factors      Sedimentary processes and records.     
Received:  28 February 2008      Published:  10 September 2008
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Yang Qunhui,Zhou Huaiyang,Ji Fuwu,Wang Hu,Yang Weifang. Bioturbation in Seabed Sediments and Its Effects on Marine Sedimentary Processes and Records. Advances in Earth Science, 2008, 23(9): 932-941.

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