Dissolved organic matter in south-west Western Australian caves
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is a mixture of organic compounds that are dissolved in water. It is composed of a variety of organic molecules, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and humic substances. DOM is produced by the breakdown of organic matter, such as plants and animals, and it is found in all aquatic systems. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is important because it is a major component of the global carbon cycle. DOM is a major source of energy for aquatic organisms, and it plays an important role in the cycling of nutrients and other elements in aquatic ecosystems.
To characterise dissolved organic matter (DOM) in different cave systems in south-west Western Australia