Articles | Volume 18, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 18, 1893–1908, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 1893–1908, 2021
Reviews and syntheses
18 Mar 2021
Reviews and syntheses | 18 Mar 2021

Review and syntheses: Impacts of turbidity flows on deep-sea benthic communities

Katharine T. Bigham et al.

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Turbidity flows – underwater avalanches – are large-scale physical disturbances believed to have profound impacts on productivity and diversity of benthic communities in the deep sea. We reviewed published studies and found that current evidence for changes in productivity is ambiguous at best, but the influence on regional and local diversity is clearer. We suggest study design criteria that may lead to a better understanding of large-scale disturbance effects on deep-sea benthos.
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