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Organic Detritus (Substrate Subclass)

Component: Substrate

Unique Identifier: 315

Substrate Origin Biogenic Substrate
Substrate Class Organic Substrate
Substrate Subclass Organic Detritus

Definition Unconsolidated organic substrate that is composed primarily of decomposing plant and animal tissues. Organic Detritus is mostly broken down—with a median particle size from 0.0625 millimeters to 4 millimeters (Sand and Granule)—and is often in an advanced state of utilization and decay. Organic Detritus may be produced in-situ, deposited from above, or transported horizontally, or may be remnant material.