Encyclopedia of Geobiology

2011 Edition
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Calcite Precipitation, Microbially Induced

  • Tanja Bosak
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9212-1_41


Microbially induced calcite precipitation describes the formation of calcium carbonate minerals from a solution due to the presence of microbial cells, biosynthetic products, or metabolic activity.

Calcium carbonate precipitation

The most basic requirement for the precipitation of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3) minerals, calcite, and aragonite is that the product of the concentrations of calcium [Ca 2+] and carbonate ions [CO 3 2−] exceeds the solubility product of calcite (Equation 1) and aragonite, respectively.
$$[{\rm Ca}^{2 +} ][{{\rm CO}_3}^{2 -} ] > 10^{-8.35}$$


Extracellular Polymeric Substance Calcium Carbonate Calcium Oxalate Soda Lake Calcium Carbonate Precipitation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanja Bosak
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  1. 1.Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA