"The sublittoral seafloor of the Humboldt Eastern Boundary Current ecosystem (HEBCE) is characterized by sediments rich in sulfur compounds and extensive and sometimes massive benthic bacterial mats. This sulfur-based sublittoral ecosystem is maintained by the very high input of organic matter from the productive surface waters and the concurrence of subsurface hypoxic to anoxic waters of the Peru-Chile Undercurrent (PCU). Generically here named the âHumboldt Sulfuretumâ (HS), this benthic habitat extends latitudinally along the continental margins off Peru and Chile for over 3,500 km potentially covering around 100,000 km2 thus making it one of the largest reduced soft sediment regions in the world. Since its first recognition in 1962 the HS has consistently been found the home of massive bacterial mats which can attain standing-stocks in the order of 1,000 gm-2 (wet weight).
Journal articles are most often Primary Research Articles. However, they can also be Review Articles. These types of articles have different aims and requirements. Sometimes, an article describes a new tool or method.
Because articles in scientific journals are specific, meticulously cited and peer-reviewed, journal databases are the best place to look for information on previous research on your species. Without a background in the field, journal articles may be hard to understand - however, you do not need to understand an entire article to be able to get valuable information from it.
Last date updated on July, 2014