Microbial concentrations are lower in clayey sediments than in sandy sediments by a factor of

Range ~1,000 unitless
Organism Microbes
Reference Price PB, Sowers T. Temperature dependence of metabolic rates for microbial growth, maintenance, and survival. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Mar 30 101(13):4631-6. p.4634 right column 6th paragraphPubMed ID15070769
Primary Source 46. Phelps, T. J., Murphy, E. M., Pfiffner, S. M. & White, D. C. (1994) Microbiol. Ecol. 28, 335–349. AND 45. Chapelle FH, Lovley DR. Rates of microbial metabolism in deep coastal plain aquifers. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1990 Jun56(6):1865-74.PubMed ID16348227
Comments Both Phelps et al. (primary source 46) and Chapelle and Lovley (primary source 45) found microbial concentrations to be a factor ~10^3 lower and specific metabolic rates to be much lower in clayey sediments than in sandy sediments. In clays, pore size is so small that microbes are immobile and must depend on diffusion of gaseous or liquid nutrients toward them.
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