16. Unscrambling the Sediment-Forming Chemical Signals

  1. Roy Chester1 and
  2. Tim Jickells2

Published Online: 27 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118349083.ch16

Marine Geochemistry

Marine Geochemistry

How to Cite

Chester, R. and Jickells, T. (2012) Unscrambling the Sediment-Forming Chemical Signals, in Marine Geochemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118349083.ch16

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Environmental Sciences, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

  2. 2

    School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118349076

Online ISBN: 9781118349083



  • unscrambling sediment-forming chemical signals;
  • major sediment-forming components;
  • biogenous signal;
  • detrital and authigenic signals;
  • geochemically, authigenic material in marine sediments;
  • direct approach, using chemical leaching;
  • regional variations in relative authigenic/detrital component;
  • signal spikes, hydrothermal signal spike;
  • spatial distribution of contaminant in coastal sediments;
  • ocean-wide operation of sediment-forming signals


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition of terminology

  • The biogenous signal

  • The detrital and authigenic signals

  • Unscrambling the detrital and authigenic signals

  • Signal spikes

  • The ocean-wide operation of the sediment-forming signals

  • Unscrambling the sediment-forming chemical signals: summary

  • References