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diatom ooze


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A soft, siliceous, deep-sea deposit composed of more than 30 per cent (by volume) diatom cell walls. Diatomaceous sediments predominate in the high latitudes both around the coast of Antarctica and in the North Pacific, but in the North Atlantic the diatom content is overwhelmed by the terrigenous sediment derived from the adjacent continents. See also radiolarian ooze.

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