Table 2: Nortes and dry seasons median, minimum, and maximum () nutrient content (%), sterols, and stanols (µg g−1 D.W.) in sediments surrounding X’Buya-Ha. TC: total carbon; TN: total nitrogen; TP: total phosphorus; OM: organic matter; : carbonates; CO: coprostanol; EP: epicoprostanol; CH: cholesterol; CHL: cholestanol; CA: campesterol; CAL: campestanol; ST: stigmasterol; STL: stigmastanol; DI: dinosterol; SI: sitosterol; SIL: sitostanol.

Nortes season (Feb’12)Dry season (May’13)
MedianMinMaxMedianMinMax

Sediment nutrients ()
 TC13.2712.0219.6613.5312.6417.02
 TN0.750.361.530.280.071.12
 TP0.060.040.070.060.050.06
 OM12.656.0836.8712.656.026.8
36.1718.4140.9754.1736.458.97

Sterols µg g-1 D.W.
 CO0.900.9096.096.310.9042.48
 EP0.900.9096.132.790.9024.55
 CH54.716.38107.2611.511.7422.85
 CHL69.00.90104.848.050.9035.35
 CA43.50.9078.890.900.9011.93
 CAL0.900.9096.62NDNDND
 ST22.70.9073.095.030.9029.50
 STL0.900.9076.573.811.5227.50
 DI21.90.90101.553.970.9023.11
 SI68.68.11103.288.811.7545.11
 SIL58.80.90106.49NDNDND

ND: not detected, below detection limit.