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Volume 14, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 14, 2151–2154, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2151-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 14, 2151–2154, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2151-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Technical note 27 Apr 2017

Technical note | 27 Apr 2017

Technical note: an economical apparatus for the observation and harvest of mineral precipitation experiments with light microscopy

Chris H. Crosby and Jake V. Bailey Chris H. Crosby and Jake V. Bailey
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Minneapolis, 55455, USA

Abstract. We describe a small-scale, reusable, and low-cost double-diffusion setup that allows microscopic observation over time for use in mineral precipitation experiments that use organic polymers as a matrix. The setup uniquely accommodates changes in solution chemistry during the course of an experiment and facilitates easy harvesting of the precipitates for subsequent analysis.

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In the course of experiments exploring the formation of calcium phosphate minerals in a polymeric matrix, we developed a small-scale, reusable, and low-cost setup that allows microscopic observation over time for use in mineral precipitation experiments that use organic polymers as a matrix. The setup uniquely accommodates changes in solution chemistry during the course of an experiment and facilitates easy harvesting of the precipitates for subsequent analysis.
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