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The Role and Significance of Authigenic Magnesium Silicates in the Organomineralisation of Microbialites in the Yalgorup Lakes, Western Australia

Burne, Robert Victor


This work re-examines samples of modern microbialites collected in the 1980s from Lakes Clifton and Preston, two of the Yalgorup Lakes in southwest Western Australia. Lake Clifton contains the first convincing modern examples of thrombolites to have been recognized. It was known that aragonite mineralisation took place in these structures within near-surface biofilms. New research reveals that stevensite, a Mg-rich trioctahedral smectite, is the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Thesis (MPhil)


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