The average length of time during which a substance, a portion of material, or an object is in a given location or condition, such as adsorption or suspension.
- The residence time is the average time an element spends in the ocean before it is removed to the sediment.
- The offset in these two curves reflects the lengthy residence time for bioclasts in this high wave energy coastal environment, and a component of sediment recycling from older barriers.
- The actual increase would be much less, since the residence time of water vapor in the atmosphere is about nine days.
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