Mollusk shell nacre ultrastructure correlates with environmental temperature and pressure.

  title={Mollusk shell nacre ultrastructure correlates with environmental temperature and pressure.},
  author={Ian C Olson and Reinhard Kozdon and John Witte Grand Valley and Pupa U P A Gilbert},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  volume={134 17},
Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, the tough, iridescent biomineral lining the inner side of some mollusk shells, has alternating biogenic aragonite (calcium carbonate, CaCO(3)) tablet layers and organic sheets. Nacre has been common in the shells of mollusks since the Ordovician (450 million years ago) and is abundant and well-preserved in the fossil record, e.g., in ammonites. Therefore, if any measurable physical aspect of the nacre structure was correlated with environmental temperatures, one could… CONTINUE READING
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