The two-step mode of growth in the scleractinian coral skeletons from the micrometre to the overall scale.

@article{Cuif2005TheTM,
  title={The two-step mode of growth in the scleractinian coral skeletons from the micrometre to the overall scale.},
  author={Jean-Pierre Cuif and Yannicke Dauphin},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={150 3},
  pages={319-31}
}
It has been known since the 19th century that coral skeletons are built of aragonite crystals with taxonomy-linked arrangements, but the way by which each coral species controls this crystallization process remains an unsolved question. The problem became still more intriguing when it was shown that isotopic compositions of coral aragonite were subject to taxonomy-linked influences (the "vital effect"). On the other hand, presence of an organic component in coral skeletons is also long known… CONTINUE READING

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