Stone Decay by Plants and Animals
Plants and animals can attack stone to a large extent both by mechanical and by chemical action. While the action of higher plants may be both mechanical and chemical, bacteria, the lowest kind of life, attack by chemical means only. The biotic decay is very complex and this topic has been deplorably neglected in the past.
KeywordsCarbonate Rock Heterotrophic Bacterium Radial Pressure Stone Surface American Zoologist
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