Tufas and speleothems: unravelling the microbial and by P. M. Pedley, M . Rogerson

By P. M. Pedley, M . Rogerson

Our figuring out of calcium carbonate precipitation inside freshwater carbonate structures is being revolutionized via new quantitative ways at either box and laboratory scale. those structures hide a various diversity of topical learn parts together with tufas, speleothems, stromatolites and microbial strategies. growth via a variety of foreign study teams has been awesome, with significant contributions to such components as weather switch, absolute relationship, carbon sequestration, and biofilm development and precipitation. a various pattern of interrelated learn is gifted that gives a tantalizing glimpse of the interaction among microbial, geochemical and actual strategies that regulate the improvement of tufas and speleothems. This quantity will offer a cross-disciplinary platform that would stimulate extra exchanges approximately new options, methodologies and interpretations linked to freshwater carbonates. particularly, it's going to support strengthen the significance of cross-discipline learn: the motive force at the back of the recent box of Geobiology.The Geological Society of LondonFounded in 1807, the Geological Society of London is the oldest geological society on the earth, and one of many biggest publishers within the Earth sciences.The Society publishes quite a lot of top of the range peer-reviewed titles for teachers and execs operating within the geosciences, and enjoys an enviable overseas popularity for the standard of its work.The many parts within which we put up in include:-Petroleum geology-Tectonics, structural geology and geodynamics-Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology-Volcanology, magmatic experiences and geochemistry-Remote sensing-History of geology-Regional geology courses

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Bacterial biomineralization plays a critical role on biogeochemical cycles and has important technological and environmental applications. Despite the numerous efforts to better understand how bacteria induce/mediate or control mineralization, our current knowledge is far from complete. Considering that the number of recent publications on bacterial biomineralization has been overwhelming, here we attempt to show the importance of bacteria– mineral interactions by focusing in a single bacterial genus, Myxococcus, which displays an unusual capacity of producing minerals of varying compositions and morphologies.

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