Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 18, 1451–1461, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 1451–1461, 2021

Research article 25 Feb 2021

Research article | 25 Feb 2021

Bioturbation has a limited effect on phosphorus burial in salt marsh sediments

Sebastiaan J. van de Velde et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Dec 2020) by Marilaure Grégoire
AR by Sebastiaan van de Velde on behalf of the Authors (20 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Jan 2021) by Marilaure Grégoire
ED: Publish as is (21 Jan 2021) by Marilaure Grégoire
Short summary
Some 540 Myr ago, animal life evolved in the ocean. Previous research suggested that when these early animals started inhabiting the seafloor, they retained phosphorus in the seafloor, thereby limiting photosynthesis in the ocean. We studied salt marsh sediments with and without animals and found that their impact on phosphorus retention is limited, which implies that their impact on the global environment might have been less drastic than previously assumed.
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