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Journal of Sedimentary Research (SEPM)


Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
Vol. 43 (1973)No. 4. (December), Pages 1090-1095

Mucilaginous Matrix of Some Estuarine Sands in Connecticut

Larry Frankel, Dennis J. Mead


Mucilaginous materials which apparently are the extracellular and autolytic products of microorganisms living on the grains and within the interstices fill many of the voids below the water-sediment interface in the estuarine sands examined. These substances are viscid, viscous, and elastic. They act as grain binders and cushions which seemingly deter the extensive disruption of sediment by vagile organisms.

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