Biologically induced mineralization of dypingite by cyanobacteria from an alkaline wetland near Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

Ian Power, Siobhan Wilson, James Thorn, Gregory Dipple, Gordon Southam

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Abstract

Background: This study provides experimental evidence for biologically induced precipitation of magnesium carbonates, specifically dypingite (Mg(5)(CO(3))(4)(OH)(2) center dot 5H(2)O), by cyanobacteria from an alkaline wetland near Atlin, British Columbia. This wetland is part of a larger hydromagnesite (Mg(5)(CO(3))(4)(OH)(2) center dot 4H(2)O) playa. Abiotic and biotic processes for magnesium carbonate precipitation in this environment are compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 16
Number of pages16
JournalGeochemical Transactions
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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