Processes and equilibria between compartments

  • Egbert K. Duursma
  • JoLynn Carroll
Part of the Environmental Science book series (ESE)


In order to understand concentration changes in compartments and transfer of molecules from one phase (compartment) to another, it is necessary to define these compartments and the processes involved:
  • Phase or compartment: Unit of space in which molecules have a defined state of freedom (or non-freedom) of movement and reaction.

  • Processes: Reactions between molecules and transfer of molecules inside or between compartments.

  • Equilibria: Reactions and transfer processes being counterbalanced by feedback processes.


Bottom Sediment Particulate Organic Carbon Uptake Rate Constant Particulate Organic Carbon Content Polar Water Molecule 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Egbert K. Duursma
    • 1
  • JoLynn Carroll
    • 2
  1. 1.Res. Les MargueritesLa TurbieFrance
  2. 2.Marine Environment LaboratoryInternationale Atomic Energy AgencyMonaco

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