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Response to Comment on "Physical Model for the Decay and Preservation of Marine Organic Carbon"
Rothman, D.H.; Forney, D.C. (2008). Response to Comment on "Physical Model for the Decay and Preservation of Marine Organic Carbon". Science (Wash.) 319(5870): 1616
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Rothman, D.H.
  • Forney, D.C.

Abstract
    Fast enzyme deactivation rates are not required by our physical model of organic matter decay. Instead, low effective diffusivities arising from sorption of enzymes and physical protection by minerals are sufficient. Our model predicts observed temporal trends in organic-matter decay rather than specific rate constants. Existing statistical models of intrinsic reactivity explain observed trends empirically but not theoretically.

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