Magnesium Interaction with the Surface of Calcite in Seawater

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Science  31 Aug 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4409, pp. 904-905
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4409.904


Magnesian calcite overgrowth containing 4 (± 2) mole percent magnesium carbonate forms on calcite exposed to natural seawater near the ocean surface. This magnesian calcite is approximately 30 percent less soluble in seawater than pure calcite. The formation of the magnesian calcite of reduced solubility may have a major influence on calcite accumulation in deep sea sediments.