Detritus

Aquatic Ecosystems, HIPM Entities

Overview

In biology, detritus is non-living particulate organic material (as opposed to dissolved organic material). It typically includes the bodies or fragments of dead organisms as well as fecal material. Detritus is typically colonized by communities of microorganisms which act to decompose (or remineralize) the material. ... Detritus of aquatic ecosystems is organic material suspended in water, which is referred to as marine snow.

-- Detritus (WP)

Relations

Data Structures

:description
  "suspended particulate organic matter"

:parameters {
  ;; detritus remineralization rate
  :remin_rate         [ 0.03,         0.04  ]

  ;; detritus sinking rate
  :sinking_rate       [ 0.00001,      0.1   ]
}

:variables {
  ;; carbon concentration of detritus
  :conc               "sum"
}

See Data Structures for details.


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