Articles | Volume 17, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 17, 1113–1131, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1113-2020

Special issue: Assessing environmental impacts of deep-sea mining...

Biogeosciences, 17, 1113–1131, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1113-2020
Research article
28 Feb 2020
Research article | 28 Feb 2020

Impact of small-scale disturbances on geochemical conditions, biogeochemical processes and element fluxes in surface sediments of the eastern Clarion–Clipperton Zone, Pacific Ocean

Jessica B. Volz et al.

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Potential future deep-sea mining of polymetallic nodules at the seafloor is expected to severely harm the marine environment. However, the consequences on deep-sea ecosystems are still poorly understood. This study on surface sediments from man-made disturbance tracks in the Pacific Ocean shows that due to the removal of the uppermost sediment layer and thereby the loss of organic matter, the geochemical system in the sediments is disturbed for millennia before reaching a new equilibrium.
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