biopedturbation

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bio- +‎ Ancient Greek πέδον (pédon, soil) + Latin turbātiō (disturbance; confusion)

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biopedturbation (uncountable)

  1. (geology, ecology) The mixing or disturbance of soil by living organisms, as opposed to disturbance of other media such as sediment or leaf litter.
    • 2006, Walter G. Whitford, Fenton R. Kay, "Biopedturbation by an island ecosystem engineer: Burrowing volumes and litter deposition by sooty shearwaters", New Zealand Journal of Zoology Volume 33, Issue 4
      The implications of the biopedturbation caused by sooty shearwater burrowing to the extent measured in this study may be profound for some ecosystem processes []

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