Biomineralization

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Biomineralization is the process by which living forms influence the precipitation of mineral materials. The process creates heterogeneous accumulations, composites composed of biologic (or organic) and inorganic compounds, with nonhomogeneous distributions that reflect the environment in which they form. It is only with the advent of more sensitive, higher-resolution techniques that we can identify the exact mineral components, and appreciate the precision and control life-form exercise on their mineralized structures, and the potential that their formation and evolution are responses to the environment and climatic or any other pervasive geochemical changes. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Skinner, H. C. W., & Ehrlich, H. (2013). Biomineralization. In Treatise on Geochemistry: Second Edition (Vol. 10, pp. 105–162). Elsevier Inc. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-095975-7.00804-4

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