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Journal of Sedimentary Research (SEPM)


Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
Vol. 44 (1974)No. 3. (September), Pages 695-697

The Control of Mud Crack Patterns by Small Gastropod Trails

Christopher T. Baldwin


The shallow groove-like trails of the gastropod Hydrobia ulvae are shown to control the patterns of desiccation cracks which subsequently developed on the same mud surface. Criteria for recognition of a biogenic origin to ancient mud cracks are outlined.

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