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Skeleton formation in corals

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Researchers report a process of coral skeleton formation, in which particles that contribute to the calcium carbonate skeleton are formed within coral tissue rather than precipitated from the surrounding water as previously assumed; the findings might have implications for understanding coral resilience to ocean acidification and improving coral-based paleoclimate reconstructions.

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Article #17-07890: "Amorphous calcium carbonate particles form coral skeletons," by Tali Mass et al.

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