Shell Growth and Structure of Planktonic Foraminifera

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Science  21 Aug 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3634, pp. 823-824
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3634.823


Planktonic foraminiferal tests show bilamellar additions to each chamber and develop a "secondary thickening" in the form of a calcite crust in late ontogeny. The evidence presented indicates that additional calcium carbonate is deposited upon the original bilamellar test and that maximum calcite crust thickness is attained at depths greater than 500 meters