Table 1.

Percentage of variance for (i) cell count at 1 mbsf (b) and (ii) rate of cell count decrease with depth (m) explained by various parameters

VariableCell count at 1 mbsf (b)Rate of decrease with sediment depth (m)
Mean sedimentation rate7242
Distance from land5856
Sea-surface chlorophyll224
Gross primary production299
Water depth3815
Sea-surface temperature1013
Sedimentation rate and water depth7245
Sedimentation rate and distance from land8562
  • Data sources are provided in SI Text.