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How Life Makes Hard Stuff

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Science  23 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5683, pp. 480
DOI: 10.1126/science.1099773

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Biomineralization. Patricia M. Dove, James J. De Yoreo, and Steve Weiner, Eds. Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society, Washington, DC, 2003. 395 pp. Paper, $36. ISBN 0-939950-66-9. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, vol. 54.

The contributors offer specialists and nonspecialists alike a comprehensive introduction to the processes of biological mineralization and to the effects of these processes on Earth history.