Calcium Carbonates

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Calcium carbonate in ocean sediments is dominantly produced by shell-and skeleton-building organisms in both shallow marine and open-ocean environments. The carbonate oozes that accumulate on the sea floor serve as a major reservoir of calcium and carbon dioxide on the Earth’s surface. Their spatial and temporal accumulation patterns in the marine sediment record are a primary source of information about the carbonate chemistry and circulation of past oceans, as well as of the global geochemical cycle of CO2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130810
ISBN (Print)9780128130827
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Aragonite
  • Basin-To-Basin fractionation
  • Calcite
  • Carbon cycle
  • Carbonate compensation depth
  • Carbonate ooze
  • Carbonate saturation
  • Chalk
  • Coccolithophorids
  • Diagenesis
  • Dissolution
  • Foraminifera
  • Glacial cycles
  • Limestone
  • Lysocline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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