Biogenically Formed Aragonite Concretions in Marine Rivularia

  • S. Golubic
  • S. E. Campbell


The recognition that many ancient stromatolites are organo-sedimentary structures of microbial origin established the validity of interpreting them by comparison with modern counterparts. The study of modern stromatolites from different environmental settings such as freshwater lakes and creeks (Irion and Müller 1968; Golubic and Fischer 1975), thermal springs (Walter et al. 1972; Doemel and Brock 1974), hypersaline lagoons (Davies 1970; Horodyski and Vonder Haar 1975; Horodyski 1977), and other freshwater and marine coastal environments (Monty 1965, 1967; Gebelein 1969; Golubic 1973, 1976; Golubic and Focke 1978) shows that several different models for ancient stromatolites exist today. Among other things, the characteristic lamination of stromatolites has been shown to result from the periodical binding of detrital particles, the periodical deposition of calcium carbonate, the periodical differentiation of microbial communities, periodical changes in growth pattern of the constitutive algae, etc. Scores of processes have been described to date, but very few have been studied in great detail. Our purpose is to document and discuss a most interesting case, that of the microstromatolites formed by monospecific populations of a filamentous photosynthetic (oxygenic) blue-green alga: Rivularia (Rivulariaceae, Nostocales, Cyanophyta).


Lower Cambrian Carbonate Precipitation Carbonate Concretion Calcareous Tube Aragonite Needle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Golubic
  • S. E. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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