With the publication of Biomineralization, Volume 54 of the acclaimed Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry series, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society continue their up-to-the-minute chronicling of the on-going collaboration between Earth and life sciences. Comprising review papers submitted following a two-day short course in December 2003 in Napa, California, the book presents the state of the inherently interdisciplinary science aimed at understanding the processes whereby organisms form minerals and the geological and evolutionary implications of these phenomena.

An overview chapter begins the book and the editors use this opportunity to delineate the large themes of the...

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