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Amino Acid Composition of Organic Matrix in Calcareous Oolites

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Science  27 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3861, pp. 1498-1499
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3861.1498

Abstract

Examination of the organic matter in some modern and fossil oolites has shown that it contains protein, with a high content of acidic amino acids. Artificial oolites from a water-processing plant contained no amino acids. The protein matrix may influence the formation of natural oolites by concentrating calcium ions.