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Whale Fall (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 213

Geoform Origin Biogenic
Geoform Whale Fall


Description
Definition Whale carcasses that have fallen to the deep ocean floor (generally 2,000 meters or deeper), and which support a wide variety of arthropods and worms—and a limited number of fish. Whale falls can persist for decades (see Figure 6.9).