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How Soft Corals Defy Their Environment: Protein Favors Calcite Formation in Aragonite


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Source: ScienceDaily

August 16, 2011

 

"Many marine organisms, including corals, build skeletons from calcium carbonate—in the form of calcite or aragonite. The current composition of seawater favors the formation of aragonite—but soft corals have a specific protein that allows them to form calcite skeletons instead.

 

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