Mass/age distribution and composition of sediments on the ocean floor and the global rate of sediment subduction

W. W. Hay, J. L. Sloan, C. N. Wold

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Abstract

The composition of sediment on the ocean floor differs significantly from that of average passive margin and continental sediment, so that the loss of ocean floor sediment through subduction may drive the composition of global sediment toward enrichment in silica, alumina, and potash and toward depletion in calcium. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14,933-14,940
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume93
Issue numberB12
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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