Characterization of calcite spines of planktonic foraminifers (Globigerinidae)

Kenta Izumida, Mihiro Takasaki, Rina Fujimaki, Yukiko Nagai, Yuya Oaki, Kimiyoshi Naito, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Shinji Shimode, Takashi Toyofuku, Hiroaki Imai

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Calcitic spines ∼1 μm in diameter are projecting from a trochospiral test of a spinose planktonic foraminifer. According to electron diffraction, Raman spectra, and detailed electron microscope observation, the spines were found to be a single-crystal-like calcite that has a nanogranular texture containing microstrain. An organic envelope protects the biogenic calcite against dissolution in water. Their unique mechanical and chemical properties are ascribed to the specific micro- and nanoscopic structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2446-2450
Number of pages5
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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