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First discovery of dolomite and magnesite in living coralline algae and its geobiological implications

Nash, Merinda; Troitzsch, Ulrike; Opdyke, Bradley; Trafford, J.M.; Russell, B.D.; Kline, D.I.


Dolomite is a magnesium-rich carbonate mineral abundant in fossil carbonate reef platforms but surprisingly rare in modern sedimentary environments, a conundrum known as the "Dolomite Problem". Marine sedimentary dolomite has been interpreted to form by an unconfirmed, post-depositional diagenetic process, despite minimal experimental success at replicating this. Here we show that dolomite, accompanied by magnesite, forms within living crustose coralline alga, Hydrolithon onkodes, a prolific...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Biogeosciences
DOI: 10.5194/bg-8-3331-2011


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