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Fütterer, 1974

Significance of the boring sponge Cliona for the origin of fine grained material of carbonate sediments

Fütterer, D. K.
JournalJournal of Sedimentary Petrology
Typearticle in journal


The marine siliceous boring sponge Cliona boring into carbonate substrates of biogenic or non-biogenic origin produces characteristic particles of 15 to 100 micron in size. These particles were quantitatively determined without difficulties by grain size analysis using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the Persian Gulf (Iranian coast) and in the Northern Adriatic Sea (Istrian coast) the portion of the fine grained material produced by Cliona is 2 to 3% of total sediment. In the lagoon of Fanning Island/Line Islands (Pacific) this portion amounts to 30% of the total sedime

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