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algal mat

Michael Allaby

in A Dictionary of Ecology

Fifth edition


Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793158

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A sheet-like accumulation of *cyanobacteria (‘blue-green algae’) that develops in shallow marine *subtidal to *supratidal environments, as well as in lakes and swamps. The cyanobacteria cover the sediment surface and themselves trap sediment to produce a laminated alternation of dark, organic-rich algal layers and organic-poor sediment layers. ...

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Subjects: Ecology and Conservation

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