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Phosphatic grains and nodules related to recent diatom oozes on the inner Namibian shelf as well as Pleistocene grains and nodules from the phosphorite deposit on the adjacent outer shelf have been studied by means of scanning electron microscopy combined with several analytical methods.

Recent grain and nodules are being formed simultaneously in the same diatom oozes. Both consist of poorly, moderately, and well-lithificd varieties that reflect the process of progressive phosphatization, compaction, and crystallization of phosphatic matter along with dissolution and expulsion of nonphosphatic components. Similar processes are going on during the phosphatization of macro- and microcoprolites. The...

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