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Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web

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Van Dover, CL; Grassle, JF; Fry, B; Garritt, RH; Starczak, VR
Published in: Nature
January 1, 1992

CHRONIC pollution of the open ocean has occurred since 1986 through disposal of municipal sewage sludge at a deep-water (∼2,500 m) dumpsite off the coast of New Jersey. Dispersal and dilution of sewage particulates in surface waters were presumed to be sufficient to prevent or minimize accumulation of detectable amounts of sewage-derived material on the sea floor. Using stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur as tracers of sewage-derived organic material, we show here that this material reaches the sea floor and enters the benthic food web, specifically through surface-deposit feeding activities of the urchin, Echinus affinus and the sea cucumber, Benthodytes sanguinolenta. © 1992 Nature Publishing Group.

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0028-0836

Publication Date

January 1, 1992

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360

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6400

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153 / 156

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  • General Science & Technology
 

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Van Dover, C. L., Grassle, J. F., Fry, B., Garritt, R. H., & Starczak, V. R. (1992). Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web. Nature, 360(6400), 153–156. https://doi.org/10.1038/360153a0
Van Dover, C. L., J. F. Grassle, B. Fry, R. H. Garritt, and V. R. Starczak. “Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web.” Nature 360, no. 6400 (January 1, 1992): 153–56. https://doi.org/10.1038/360153a0.
Van Dover CL, Grassle JF, Fry B, Garritt RH, Starczak VR. Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web. Nature. 1992 Jan 1;360(6400):153–6.
Van Dover, C. L., et al. “Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web.” Nature, vol. 360, no. 6400, Jan. 1992, pp. 153–56. Scopus, doi:10.1038/360153a0.
Van Dover CL, Grassle JF, Fry B, Garritt RH, Starczak VR. Stable isotope evidence for entry of sewage-derived organic material into a deep-sea food web. Nature. 1992 Jan 1;360(6400):153–156.
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Published In

Nature

DOI

ISSN

0028-0836

Publication Date

January 1, 1992

Volume

360

Issue

6400

Start / End Page

153 / 156

Related Subject Headings

  • General Science & Technology