(full paper is archived in the Miller Library)
Title: Some characteristics of suspended particulate organic matter available to a sandy beach ecosystem on Monterey Bay
Student Author(s): Mumaw, Laura M.
Faculty Advisor(s): Gilmartin
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1972
Keywords: sandy beaches
Abstract: Some characteristics of suspended particulate matter over two pocket sandy beaches were investigated. The amount of suspended material varied with wave turbulence but differences average out over time. Most particulate matter (80%) was algal detritus. Fifty percent ranged from .45 microns to 500 microns in diameter. A standing pool of littoral particulate matter seems to be maintained, alternating between a suspended and settled state. Availability to biota depends on balance between states.