Studies on Shell Formation

  title={Studies on Shell Formation},
  author={Norimitsu Watabe and Karl M. Wilbur},
  journal={The Journal of Biophysical and Biochemical Cytology},
  pages={761 - 771}
Details of crystal growth in the calcitostracum of Crassostrea virginica have been studied with the purpose of analyzing the formation of the overlapping rows of oriented tabular crystals characteristic of this part of the shell. Crystal elongation, orientation, and dendritic growth suggest the presence of strong concentration gradients in a thin layer of solution in which crystallization occurs. Formation of the overlapping rows can be explained by three processes observed in the shell: a two… CONTINUE READING