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Journal of Sedimentary Research (SEPM)


Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
Vol. 46 (1976)No. 4. (December), Pages 967-969

Early Dissolution of Sponge Spicules from Reef Sediments, North Jamaica

Lynton S. Land


Opaline sponge spicules are being preferentially removed from reef as opposed to back-reef sediments from North Jamaica. In contrast to presumed chemical solution of silica in the deep sea, rapid removal of opal from reef sediments may be taking place as a result of biologic agents.

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