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H. Catherine W. Skinner
Biominerals (in Speciation and toxicity, K. Hudson-Edwards (prefacer) and M. E. Hodson (prefacer))
Mineralogical Magazine (October 2005) 69 (5): 621-641


Biominerals are a subset of the mineral kingdom, those created by living creatures. In spite of usually fine grain size and intimate association with organic materials, biominerals are readily identified as common mineral species. Iron hydroxides and oxyhydroxides, calcium carbonates and calcium phosphates from uni- and multi-cellular species are presented as examples of biominerals, and biomineralization processes. Their special morphological, and crystal chemical, characteristics provide unique structural contributions to the life forms that create them. Investigations of novel habitats should present opportunities to expand the number of biominerals and their potential for industrial applications.

ISSN: 0026-461X
EISSN: 1471-8022
Serial Title: Mineralogical Magazine
Serial Volume: 69
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Biominerals
Title: Speciation and toxicity
Author(s): Skinner, H. Catherine W.
Author(s): Hudson-Edwards, K.prefacer
Author(s): Hodson, M. E.prefacer
Affiliation: Yale University, Departments of Geology and Geophysics, New Haven, CT, United States
Affiliation: University of London, School of Earth Sciences, London, United Kingdom
Pages: 621-641
Published: 200510
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society, London, United Kingdom
Meeting name: Speciation and toxicity
Meeting location: London, GBR, United Kingdom
Meeting date: 20040913Sept. 13-14, 2004
References: 112
Accession Number: 2006-008026
Categories: General mineralogy
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables
Secondary Affiliation: University of Reading, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200604
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