|An overview of biomineralization processes and the problem of the vital effect|Weiner, S.; Dove, P.M. (2003). An overview of biomineralization processes and the problem of the vital effect. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 54(1): 1-29. hdl.handle.net/10.2113/0540001
In: Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry. Mineralogical Society of America: Chantilly. ISSN 1529-6466; e-ISSN 1943-2666
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Biomineralization refers to the processes by which organisms form minerals. The control exerted by many organisms over mineral formation distinguishes these processes from abiotic mineralization. The latter was the primary focus of earth scientists over the last century, but the emergence of biogeochemistry and the urgency of understanding the past and future evolution of the Earth are moving biological mineralization to the forefront of various fields of science, including the earth sciences.