Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 14, 1461–1492, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1461-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 1461–1492, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-1461-2017

Research article 24 Mar 2017

Research article | 24 Mar 2017

Experimental diagenesis: insights into aragonite to calcite transformation of Arctica islandica shells by hydrothermal treatment

Laura A. Casella et al.

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Mollusc shells record past environments. Fossil shell chemistry and microstructure change as metastable biogenic aragonite transforms to stable geogenic calcite. We simulated this alteration of Arctica islandica shells by hydrothermal treatments. Below 175 °C the shell aragonite survived for weeks. At 175 °C the replacement of the original material starts after 4 days and yields submillimetre-sized calcites preserving the macroscopic morphology as well as the original internal micromorphology.
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