demonstrated by various authors (e.g., ref. [32]) who showed that microbial exudates could increase the critical bed stress by a factor up to 5.

During times of enhanced flow conditions, aggregates are formed and compacted by shear, which accounts for the fact that they do not disaggregate when they enter the viscous sublayer at mid- and lower slope sediments. The formation of these BBL aggregates and the minerals incorporated into the particles might be responsible for the organic matter preservation on continental slopes. Statistical analyses of

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