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Microbiota anaerobia: cambios espacio-temporales en el sedimento de una laguna costera tropical con boca efimera en el golfo de mexico.

Anaerobic microbiota: spatial-temporal changes in the sediment of a tropical coastal lagoon with ephemeral inlet in the Gulf of Mexico

Coastal lagoons represent a link between terrestrial and marine environments. They are characterized by an intense primary production, and high concentrations of organic matter in the sediment. This results in a high heterotrophic microbial activity in the surface layer of the sediment, which causes depletion in oxygen and generates anoxic and markedly reducing conditions a few millimeters below it (Bottcher et al., 2000). The absence of oxygen and the abundance of organic matter create an optimum environment for the development of diverse groups of anaerobic microorganisms, including sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and methanogenic archaea (MA).

SRB and MA are active in the terminal phases of organic matter oxidation in marine and coastal sediments, including estuaries and coastal lagoons, where they play an important role in the carbon and sulfur cycles (Takii & Fukui, 1991). SRB, through the process of sulfate-reduction, in environments where there is a constant input of sulfates are the main microorganisms responsible of the anaerobic mineralization of organic matter, with a capacity to degrade up to 50% (Jorgensen, 1982; Jorgensen & Bak, 1991). Although coastal and marine environments are the most characteristic habitats of SRB, the presence of MA has also been recorded in relatively high numbers in the freshwater region of estuaries and in salt marshes, which provide an important source of substrates for MA (Franklin, William, & Whitman, 1988; King, 1994; Takai & Hirokoshi, 2000). MA, through methanogenesis, may play an important role in the liberation of CH4 and C[O.sub.2] from coastal systems to the atmosphere (Marty, Bonin, Michotey, & Bianci, 2001).

Diverse studies have analyzed the SRB and MA interactions in anoxic sediments, particularly in estuaries of temperate latitudes. It has been established that there is a salinity gradient from the freshwater region to the area near the sea that generates a spatial separation of the terminal processes of anaerobic mineralization: sulfate-reduction dominates in the sulfate-rich marine areas, while methanogenesis prevails in the sulfate-poor freshwater areas (Purdy, Nedwell, Embley, & Takii, 2001; Purdy, Munson, Nedwell, & Embley, 2002). Similarly, changes within the sediment column have been observed, with a higher abundance and activity of SRB in the first centimeters and a higher abundance of MA at greater depth where the redox potential is more negative (Bottcher et al., 2000; Wilms, Sass, Kopke, Cypionka, & Engelen, 2007).

Regarding their nutritional capacity, it has been proven that lactate, acetate, propionate and hydrogen are the main substrates for sulfate-reduction (Fukui, Suh, Yonezawa, & Urushigawa, 1997; Mudryk, Podgorska, Ameryk, & Bolalek, 2000; Purdy, Munson, Creswell-Maynard, Nedwell, & Embley, 2003), while MA obtain their energy from the conversion of a limited number of substrates: acetate, hydrogen and reduction of the methyl group from methanol and methylamines (Segers & Kengen, 1998; Lyimo, Pol, & Op den Camp, 2002). A niche overlap occurs between SRB and MA when using hydrogen and acetate, which may result in a competition for these substrates, with a predominance of sulfatereduction in sulfate-rich ecosystems (Taketani, Yoshiura, Dias, Andreote, & Tsai, 2010).

Coastal lagoons, in contrast with estuaries, have a restricted communication with the sea. Also, tropical latitudes are characterized by significant fluctuations in river inputs and in the associated hydrological gradients that affect biogeochemical processes in the sediment as a result of the markedly seasonal rain patterns. Few studies have evaluated the dynamics of SRB and MA in sediments of tropical lagoons. However, from these it has been established that the MA that use methanol and methylamines are the main microbial component in the sediments of coastal lagoons that are associated with mangroves (Ramamurthy, Mohanraju, & Natarajan, 1990; Mohanraju & Natarajan, 1992).

Considering that there is little available information that simultaneously analyzes the dynamics of SRB and MA in tropical coastal ecosystems with a variability in river input and salinity regime, the purposes of this study were to record the abundance and distribution of the SRB and MA in the sediments of a tropical coastal system located in the Gulf of Mexico as a response to the physicochemical variations in the sediments, and to evaluate their competition for acetate.


Study area: The coastal lagoon of La Mancha is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (in the state of Veracruz) at 19[degrees]34' N - 96[degrees]22' W. The lagoon has a length of 3 km, a surface area of 1 400 [km.sup.2], and receives freshwater discharge from Cano Grande river and by groundwater (Lara-Dominguez, Day, Yanez-Arancibia, & Sainz-Hernandez, 2006).

The climate of the region is warm and subhumid, with an average annual temperature of 24.8 [degrees]C, a mean precipitation of 1 767 mm / year and three climatic seasons: dry (February to May), rainy (June to September) and Northern (October to February). The system is characterized by high temperature and low precipitation (44 [+ or -] 37 mm) during the dry season. Maximum rainfall (224 [+ or -] 25 mm) and an increase in river inputs and terrestrial runoff, that increase turbidity in the lagoon, are common during the rainy season. Polar winds with an average speed of 10 km / h that cause a decrease in temperature are present during the Northern (Contreras, 1993; Ruiz-Guerrero & Lopez-Portillo, 2014). La Mancha lagoon has an ephemeral inlet with a seasonal communication with the sea. The inlet is open during the rainy season and generally closes at the beginning of Northern season when freshwater flow decreases, and remains closed through the dry season.

Field work: Sediment samples were collected during the three climatic seasons: dry (April and May, 2013), rainy (July and September, 2013) and Northern (November, 2013; February, 2014) at two stations in La Mancha lagoon using a Pexiglass coring device (4.5 cm diameter, 40 cm length) with a series of 1.5 cm diameter holes placed in a spiral and separated by a distance of 5 cm. Through these holes and at three depths in the sediment (5, 10 and 15 cm), in situ data was recorded for temperature with a thermometer (- 10 to 60 [degrees]C), redox potential (Eh) and hydrogen ion concentration (pH) with Instrulab electrodes. The data were recorded in an Ioanalyser (Conductronic pH 120). For the redox potential a platinum electrode and a saturated calomel reference electrode were used, with a reference potential of + 198 mV added to the measured value.

The samples were then transported to the laboratory and kept at 4 [degrees]C.

Laboratory analysis: The cores obtained from each locality were segmented in two layers (0-5 cm and 5-10 cm) under a nitrogen environment. Physicochemical and microbiological analyses were carried out on these layers.

For the physicochemical analysis, sediment samples were centrifuged at 1 602.76 gf for 20 minutes to separate the pore water from the sediment. The pore water was filtered through 0.45 pm membranes, and salinity, sulfates and total carbohydrates were evaluated. The content of total solids (TS) and volatile solids (VS) were quantified in moist sediments. The techniques used for each variable are mentioned in Torres-Alvarado, Fernandez, Ramirez-Vives and Varona-Cordero (2013). Grain size distribution in the sediment was analyzed following Folk's (1969) technique.

Enumeration of viable SRB and MA was performed using the Roll Tube and Most Probable Number methods, respectively, by a tenfold dilution series ([10.sup.-1] to [10.sup.-10]) for each sample using four tubes per dilution. The analysis of the SRB included quantification with three substrates: lactate, acetate, and propionate using Postgate's (1963) culture medium. For the MA, quantifications with acetate, C[O.sub.2]+[H.sub.2]O and methanol were carried out using the medium of Balch, Fox, Magrum, Woese and Wolfe (1979). The tubes for the analysis of the SRB were incubated at 32 [degrees]C for 14 days and the black colonies were counted. The tubes for the analysis of the MA were incubated at 32 [degrees]C for one month and those that presented methane production were evaluated as positive. Methane was detected according Torres-Alvarado et al. (2003).

The effect of sulfate on acetate oxidation was evaluated through mineralization experiments in which sediment samples were inoculated in serum bottles with Balch et al. (1979) culture medium and acetate as substrate, at a final concentration of 20 mM. The experiments were carried out both in the presence and absence of sulfates (20 mM) and with the corresponding controls (without substrate). Acetate concentration was measured during 30 days, three times per week, with a Agilent Serie 6890 Plus gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector (FID) and a 15 m x 0.530 mm x 1.00 pm Agilent cross-linked FFAP capillary column. Temperatures were 130 [degrees]C in the injector, 120 [degrees]C in the column and 150 [degrees]C in the detector. The carrier gas was [N.sub.2] (4.5 ml / min). Acetate was identified from a standard solution with a mixture of acetate, propionate and butyrate 10 mM.

Statistical analysis: The data matrix included SRB and MA abundances, and physicochemical variables. For the temporal analysis variables were grouped into three seasons (dry, rainy and Northern); for the spatial analysis, data were grouped into two categories (0-5 cm and 5-10 cm). An analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to test for significant differences between seasons, and between depth categories. A principal components analysis (PCA) was applied to reduce the dimension of the data and extract the most important variables. The eigenvalues considered for PCA were > 0.50 and < - 0.50. A canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) was used to determine the relationship between the microbial abundance and the environmental variables (Ter Braak, 1986).


Physicochemical characteristics in the sediment: Data for the physicochemical variables in the sediment and porewater of the La Mancha lagoon are presented in table 1.

Temperature showed a significant temporal variability (Anova = 67.20, P = 0.000000), with the highest average value during the dry season and the lowest during the Northern. pH values changed significantly with the seasons (Anova = 33.61, P = 0.000000), with alkaline conditions during the dry months and neutral and slightly acid conditions during the Northern and rainy seasons. The Eh was more reducing during the dry season, however significant temporal changes were not recorded. Salinity (Anova = 235.93, P = 0.00), sulfate (Anova = 23.25, P = 0.000005), and [H.sub.2]S (Anova = 14, P = 0.000137) increased during the dry season and decreased during the rains. The inorganic fraction of the sediments did not present significant temporal or spatial changes; however, volatile solids (Anova = 6.59, P = 0.006319) and carbohydrates (Anova = 3.66, P = 0.043308) increased during the rainy season in comparison with the Northern and dry seasons. The sand fraction was significantly greater during the rains (Anova = 13.02, P = 0.000210), while the silt fraction was greater during the dry season (Anova = 16.43, P = 0.000051).

The physical and chemical characteristics of the sediment changed with depth in the sediment column. Eh (Anova = 58.07, P = 0.000000), salinity (Anova = 1.10, P = 0.03), sulfate concentration (Anova = 2.34, P = 0.04) and carbohydrates (Anova = 6.78, P = 0.000) decreased significantly with depth, whereas the other parameters did not vary significantly.

Methanogen and sulfate-reducing abundance: Significant temporal variations in the abundance of the viable SRB and MA were recorded in the sediment. The greatest densities of SRB were quantified at closed inlet conditions, mainly during the dry season for the physiological groups that use lactate (8.3 x [10.sup.5] - 1.2 x [10.sup.7] cells / g) and propionate (1.8 x [10.sup.5] - 6.6 x [10.sup.6] cells / g), the difference was statistically significant in the case of the SRB that use lactate (Anova = 11.85, P = 0.000359); at the contrary the group that utilized acetate was significantly more abundant during the Northern (4.7 x [10.sup.4] - 4.5 x [10.sup.6] cells / g sediment) (Anova = 4.52, P = 0.023241) (Fig. 1). In the case of MA the group that grows on methanol recorded a maximum density during the dry season with 4.2 x [10.sup.5] - 9.1 x [10.sup.6] cells / g (Anova = 7.78, P = 0.002964), while the abundance of the MA that use acetate (2.5 x [10.sup.1]-7.5 x [10.sup.4] cells/g sediment) and hydrogen (4.3 x [10.sup.2]- 3.7 x [10.sup.6] cells / g sediment) decreased (Fig. 1).

During the rainy season, when the inlet was open, the abundance of the sulfate-reducing populations with the three analyzed substrates decreased, the data recorded were 1.5 x [10.sup.3]-2.2 x [10.sup.5], 1.0 x [10.sup.3] - 7.1 x [10.sup.4] and 1.8 x [10.sup.3] - 5.5 x [10.sup.4] cells / g with lactate, propionate and acetate, respectively. At the contrary MA that used acetate and hydrogen were more abundant with 5.4 x [10.sup.5] - 6.4 x [10.sup.6] and 2.6 x [10.sup.5] - 8.3 x [10.sup.6] cells / g sediment, respectively; however, the differences were significant only for the acetoclastic MA (Anova = 9.19, P = 0.001357) (Fig. 1).

The density of the SRB presented a spatial variation with the highest values in the upper five centimeters of the sediment, though the difference was significant only with lactate (Anova = 5.17, P = 0.033082). There were significant changes in the case of the MA, but in contrast with the SRB, the maximum abundance was recorded in the 5 - 10 cm layer for the acetoclastic MA (Anova = 6.07, P = 0.022073), the hydrogenophylic MA (Anova = 7.61, P = 0.011448), and the physiological group that uses methanol (Anova = 4.57, P = 0.043820).

Acetoclastic activity: Acetate, together with other volatile fatty acids (propionate, butyrate) increased during the first days of incubation and decreased from the fifth day until to a minimum at the end of the experiment. Acetate oxidation was greater in the media with sulfates in the samples of the dry season (0.06 mM acetate / g sediment / day), and increased in the media without sulfates of the rainy season (0.02 mM acetate / g sediment / day). Acetate concentration remained low in the control sediments, with values of only 5% of those recorded for the enriched sediments.

Environmental variables and anaerobic microbiota: The PCA indicated that the first component explained 41.40% of the total variance and the second explained 15.01%. The ordination diagram of components 1 and 2 presented a seasonal pattern (Fig. 2A). For component 1, the sites located in the upper left panel corresponded to the dry season and were characterized by a greater salinity, sulfate and [H.sub.2]S concentration, and silt. The sites located on the opposite side corresponded to the rainy season and were characterized by a dominance of sand, neutral and slightly acid pH values, less reducing Eh values, and a greater concentration of volatile solids. The Northern season represented an intermediate season between the dry and rainy seasons.

The correlation coefficients between the environmental variables and the ordination axes obtained with the PCA showed the relative importance of each environmental variable in the distribution and composition of the microbial community. The microbiota-environment correlation was 0.96 for axis 1, and 0.83 for axis 2. The ordination diagram showed a change in the structure of the SRB and MA (Fig. 2B). Axis 1 corresponded to the sites with greater salinity, sulfate concentration and temperature, where the SRB component became associated in the lower left panel of the diagram. Axis 2 was determined mainly by the volatile solids, pH and the percentage of sand, with the associated MA group at the right side of the diagram.


The physicochemical characteristics of the sediment in the coastal lagoon of La Mancha varied throughout the different climatic seasons, particularly salinity and sulfate content, because of changes recorded in the rainfall and the volume of the freshwater input provided by the rivers and groundwater. It has been previously established that seasonal pulses in the input of freshwater have a marked effect on the hydrodynamics and ecology of coastal lagoons (Knoppers & Kjerfve, 1997). The changes recorded in the sedimentary habitat influenced the distribution and abundance of the SRB and MA temporally.

Salinity and sulfates increased during the dry season, as result of a minor freshwater inflow and an increase of the evaporation rate (Lara-Dominguez et al. 2006). The sediment presented alkaline conditions and a greater percentage of silt with a low hydraulic conductivity that favored the presence of more reducing characteristics (Bottcher et al., 2000). The SRB that dominated under these conditions were those of the physiological groups that use lactate and propionate, which are produced during fermenting microbial activity. Lactate may be used as an electron donor by most SRB species, except for Desulfobacter and some species of the genus Desulfobacterium (Castro, Reddy, & Ogram, 2002). Sediments rich in organic matter cause a rapid development, mainly of the species of the genus Desulfovibrio (Parkes, Gibson, Mueller-Harvey, Buckingham, & Herebert, 1989; Widdel & Hansen, 1992). Propionate is the substrate used in estuarine and salt marsh sediments by species of the genus Desulfobulbus, and it seems that the presence of sulfates is a requisite for its consumption (Visser, Beeksman, van der Zee, Stams, & Lettinga, 1993; Boschker, de Graaf, Koster, Meyer-Reil, & Cappenberg, 2001).

This may explain the increase in the SRB that use propionate in the dry season, when the content of sulfates was greater. The greater density and activity of the SRB during the dry season could have been responsible for the levels of [H.sub.2]S quantified during this season. A positive relationship between the abundance and concentration of sulfide has been reported for estuarine sediments.

During the dry season MA that use methanol were dominant. In environments with an abundance of sulfates it is possible to detect the production of methane due some MA may use non-competitive substrates that are not accessible to SRB. Simple substrates such as methanol, mono-, bi- and trimethylamine are important to methanogens, while SRB are capable of degrading more complex substances (Lyimo et al., 2002; Wilms et al., 2007; Muyzer & Stams, 2008). Methanol is liberated after the decomposition of lignin or pectin, present in the cell wall of mangrove trees, and may be used by species of the genus Methanococcus (Purdy et al., 2002, 2003).

The increase in freshwater input during the rainy season decreased salinity and sulfate content, and resuspended the sediments. The percentage of sand increased generating less reducing conditions. The increase in VS and carbohydrates during this season may be related to the input of organic matter provided by runoff from adjacent land and wetlands (Preston & Prodduturu, 1992). The hydrogenophylic and acetoclastic MA increased during the rainy season. Their presence is related to the low availability of sulfates and to the relatively high inputs of organic matter that may have offered a favorable niche for their development (Fitzsimons, Dawit, Revitt, & Rocha, 2005). Methanogens may increase in number when low levels of sulfates are present in coastal areas, as they are capable of using [H.sub.2] and acetate (Fukui et al., 1997). It has been established that 30 - 40% of the methane generated in sediments is formed from hydrogen that is used by Methanobacterium and Methanobrevibacter (Conrad, 1999), whereas acetate generates approximately two thirds of the methane that may be used by the genera Methanosarcina and Methanococcoides. Increases in MA during the rainy season have been reported for other tropical lagoon systems (Preston & Prodduturu, 1992; Torres et al., 2013).

The mineralization experiments indicated that sulfate-reduction apparently dominated the acetate oxidation when sulfates were available in the medium, as a result of the SRB having a higher affinity (low [K.sub.m]) for acetate in comparison with the MA, with [K.sub.m] values of 200 [micro]M and 3 mM for the SRB and the MA, respectively (Schonheit, Kristjanson, & Thauer, 1982). Mountfort, Asher, Mays and Tiedje (1980) suggested that the function of the SRB depends on the existing levels of sulfates, because they oxidize acetate at high concentrations, whereas producing acetate at low levels of sulfates releasing substrate for methanogens. The experiments of Banat and Nedwell (1983) with inhibitors of sulfate-reduction showed that the SRB are the main microorganisms responsible for the oxidation of acetate to C[O.sub.2] in salt marsh sediments, while the proportion of acetate that was metabolized to methane was negligible. Although there is an apparent competition for acetate between the sulfate reducing and the methanogen populations, the growth of both groups with the different analyzed substrates may indicate the existence of a nutritional flexibility in which the generalists use a variety of carbon sources rather than competing for a common substrate. The cometabolism of a wide range of substrates may present a competitive advantage, especially under nutrient-limiting conditions (Egli, 1995).

On the spatial scale, the SRB were preferentially distributed in the first five centimeters of the sediment column where the availability of sulfates and labile organic matter (carbohydrates) was higher. In contrast with the SRB, the MA were abundant at greater depths where sulfate concentration was lower and redox potential was more negative. This agrees with other reports on sediments of estuaries and mangroves (Zepp-Falz et al., 1999; Bottcher et al., 2000; Lyimo et al., 2002). Despite the observed distribution pattern, the presence of SRB and MA throughout the sedimentary profile proved the co-existence of these two functional groups of microorganisms, as has been described in other studies, as the result of the constant input of organic matter to the system that decreases competition for substrates, and of the capacity of the anaerobic microbiota to use non-competitive substrates such as methanol (Holmer & Kristensen, 1994; Wilms et al., 2007; Taketani et al., 2010).

In conclusion, SRB and MA together played a role in the mineralization of organic matter in the sediments of La Mancha lagoon, with sulfate-reduction dominating in the dry season (closed inlet) and methanogenesis during the rainy season (open inlet). Sulfate-reducing and methanogen populations can co-exist due to the constant input of organic matter, which allows the use of non-competitive substrates. Changes in rainfall and river input in this lagoon significantly affect salinity and sulfate content, the main factors that regulate the dynamics of SRB and MA in these sediments.


The authors thank to the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa for funding this study through the project "Caracterizacion de los Ecosistemas Costeros Mexicanos".


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Maria del Rocio Torres-Alvarado (1) *, Laura G. Calva-Benitez (1), Sergio Alvarez-Hernandez (1) & Gloria Trejo-Aguilar (2)

(1.) Departamento de Hidrobiologia, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa. C. P. 09340, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico;,,

(2.) Departamento de Biotecnologia. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa. C. P. 09340, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico;

* Correspondence

Received 14-XII-2015. Corrected 10-VII-2016. Accepted 10-VIII-2016.

Caption: Fig. 1. A. Spatial-temporal variation of SRB in the sediments of the coastal lagoon of La Mancha, Veracruz. Fig. 1. B. Spatial-temporal variation of MA in the sediments of the coastal lagoon of La Mancha, Veracruz.

Caption: Fig. 2. A. PCA ordination. E1D-5. sample station 1, Dry-0-5 cm; E1-D15. sample station 1, Dry-5 to 10 cm; E2D-5. sample station 2, Dry-0-5 cm; E2-D15. sample station 2, Dry-5 to 10 cm; E1R-5. sample station 1, Rainy-0-5 cm; E1-R15. sample station 1, Rainy-5 to 10 cm; E2R-5. sample station 2, Rainy-0-5 cm; E2-R15. sample station 2, Rainy-5 to 10 cm; E1N-5. sample station 1, Northern-0-5 cm; E1-N15. sample station 1, Northern -5 to 10 cm; E2N-5. sample station 2, Northern -0-5 cm; E2-N15. sample station 2, Northern -5 to 10 cm

Fig. 2. B. Microbiota-environmental variable relationships. E1D-5. sample station 1, Dry-0-5 cm; E1-D15. sample station 1, Dry-5 to 10 cm; E2D-5. sample station 2, Dry-0-5 cm; E2-D15. sample station 2, Dry-5 to 10 cm; E1R-5. sample station 1, Rainy-0-5 cm; E1-R15. sample station 1, Rainy-5 to 10 cm; E2R-5. sample station 2, Rainy-0-5 cm; E2-R15. sample station 2, Rainy-5 to 10 cm; E1N-5. sample station 1, Northern-0-5 cm; E1-N15. sample station 1, Northern -5 to 10 cm; E2N-5. sample station 2, Northern -0-5 cm; E2-N15. sample station 2, Northern -5 to 10 cm.

Environmental parameters in sediments of La Mancha coastal lagoon

Parameter                         Dry                   Dry
                                 0-5 cm               5-10 cm

Temperature ([degrees]C)   31.8 [+ or -] 0.2     30.5 [+ or -] 0.6
pH                          7.9 [+ or -] 0.2     7.9 [+ or -] 0.2
Eh (mV)                    - 23.5 [+ or -] 69   - 122.5 [+ or -] 10
Salinity (psu)             28.2 [+ or -] 1.5     28.6 [+ or -] 2.2
Sulfates (mM)              10.2 [+ or -] 0.8     6.5 [+ or -] 1.7
H2S (mM)                    2.3 [+ or -] 1.2     1.6 [+ or -] 0.8
Carbohydrates (mg/L)        2.9 [+ or -] 0.6     1.8 [+ or -] 0.6
Inorganic solids (g/L)     319.1 [+ or -] 91     363.8 [+ or -] 57
Organic solids (g/L)        9.7 [+ or -] 5.2     12.6 [+ or -] 3.6
Sand (%)                    85 [+ or -] 2.8      85.2 [+ or -] 4.6
Mud (%)                     9.9 [+ or -] 2.9     8.4 [+ or -] 2.8
Clay (%)                     5 [+ or -] 0.1      6.4 [+ or -] 2.8

Parameter                        Rainy                Rainy
                                 0-5 cm              5-10 cm

Temperature ([degrees]C)   29.3 [+ or -] 0.7    28.8 [+ or -] 0.3
pH                          6.8 [+ or -] 0.2     6.9 [+ or -] 0.3
Eh (mV)                      70 [+ or -] 42     -82.5 [+ or -] 27
Salinity (psu)              1.4 [+ or -] 1.6     0.9 [+ or -] 0.9
Sulfates (mM)               1.5 [+ or -] 1.6     0.7 [+ or -] 1.3
H2S (mM)                    0.2 [+ or -] 0.0      0.1 [+ or -] 0
Carbohydrates (mg/L)        5.5 [+ or -] 0.8     3.1 [+ or -] 2.4
Inorganic solids (g/L)     420.3 [+ or -] 234   416.8 [+ or -] 25
Organic solids (g/L)       24.3 [+ or -] 13.0   27.5 [+ or -] 14.5
Sand (%)                   93.1 [+ or -] 2.7    90.1 [+ or -] 1.8
Mud (%)                     2.9 [+ or -] 1.7     4.3 [+ or -] 1.5
Clay (%)                    3.8 [+ or -] 1.3     5.5 [+ or -] 0.9

Parameter                       Northern             Northern
                                 0-5 cm              5-10 cm

Temperature ([degrees]C)     24 [+ or -] 2       23.5 [+ or -] 2
pH                          7.1 [+ or -] 0.1     7.5 [+ or -] 0.2
Eh (mV)                      39 [+ or -] 1      - 147.5 [+ or -] 5
Salinity (psu)             10.9 [+ or -] 3.8     13 [+ or -] 4.1
Sulfates (mM)               6.1 [+ or -] 2.6      4 [+ or -] 1.9
H2S (mM)                    1.9 [+ or -] 0.1     1.2 [+ or -] 0.8
Carbohydrates (mg/L)        3.3 [+ or -] 1.4     1.7 [+ or -] 1.4
Inorganic solids (g/L)     363.7 [+ or -] 135   435.7 [+ or -] 150
Organic solids (g/L)       21.5 [+ or -] 1.2    20.7 [+ or -] 0.3
Sand (%)                   89.2 [+ or -] 0.7    89.4 [+ or -] 0.8
Mud (%)                     5.4 [+ or -] 1.1     5.4 [+ or -] 1.1
Clay (%)                    5.3 [+ or -] 1.1     5.1 [+ or -] 1.2

Mean [+ or -] Standard deviation.
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