Calcite Centers of Calcification in Mussa Angulosa (Scleractinia)

  • Brent Constantz
  • Annemarie Meike


Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis demonstrates that centers of calcification in the exoskeleton of the scleractinian coral Mussa angulosa are composed of submicron sized crystals of calcite, the rhombohedral polymorth of calcium carbonate.


Calcium Carbonate Bright Field Image Dark Field Image Select Area Diffraction Pattern Scleractinian Coral 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brent Constantz
    • 1
    • 3
  • Annemarie Meike
    • 2
  1. 1.Earth Sciences BoardUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.NORIANMenlo ParkUSA

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