Sapropel meaning

săprə-pĕl
A fine-grained sediment rich in organic matter, formed at the bottom of a body of water.
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Black, decaying, organic bottom deposits in some lakes, rivers, etc. that lack oxygen and are rich in hydrogen sulfide.
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An unconsolidated ooze consisting mainly of putrefied plant remains and found in anaerobic areas at the bottom of swamps, lakes, and shallow seas.
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(geology) An aquatic sludge-like sediment rich in organic matter formed in oxygen-free areas at the bottom of lakes, seas etc.
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Origin of sapropel

  • sapro– Greek pēlos mud

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Sapropel, corresponding to sapro- + Ancient Greek πηλός (pÄ“los, “mud, clay").

    From Wiktionary