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A fine-grained sediment rich in organic matter, formed at the bottom of a body of water.

[sapro- + Greek pēlos, mud.]

sap′ro·pel′ic (-pĕl′ĭk, -pē′lĭk) adj.


(Microbiology) an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans
[C20: from sapro- + -pel from Greek pēlos mud]
ˌsaproˈpelic adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sapropel - sludge (rich in organic matter) that accumulates at the bottom of lakes or oceans
goo, gook, goop, guck, gunk, muck, ooze, slime, sludge - any thick, viscous matter
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Tenders are invited for Supply and Mounting of Sapropel Processing Line
Diagenic transformation of sapropel from Lake Dukhovoe (East Baikal region, Russia), Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 7: 81-84.
Mandryko et al [2] presents organic-mineral fertilizers containing peat, sapropel, manure, seston, charcoal, brown coal, bone meal and organosilicon compounds.
Depending on the grade of thermal maturity, black shales are often referred to as sapropel, bituminous shale, or oil shale.
Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the Monte del Casino section (northern Apennines, Italy) and paleoceanographic conditions at time of late Miocene sapropel formation.
The project for the extraction and application of sapropel fertilizers was developed by researchers at the Institute of Oceanology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IOBAS).
Western Lithuania's geological layers are rich with natural resources, like mineral and geothermal waters and healing mud, as well as peat and sapropel - all of which have not been used in this part of Lithuania until now," the Atostogu Parkas director stresses.
The main substrate type of the former is clay with detritus and sand, of the latter mostly detritus and sapropel.