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Infrared Spectra and Elemental Composition in Recent Carbonate Skeletons: Relationships between the 2 Band Wavenumber and Sr and Mg Concentrations

Volume 51, Number 2 (Feb. 1997) Page 253-258

Dauphin, Y.


Biological aragonites show various chemical compositions (Sr and Mg) related to the systematic position of the organisms. It is well known that Cnidaria tests have high Mg and Sr aragonites, whereas Mollusca shells have low Mg and Sr aragonites. Sponges have low Mg and high Sr aragonites. The linear correlation between Mg and Sr concentrations is positive. DRIFT spectra show that the wavenumber of a part of the doublet ν2 significantly differs in the Mollusca shells and the Sponges and Cnidaria set: 863.7 cm-1 in Mollusca, 858.8 cm-1 in Sponges + Cnidaria. The other part of the doublet is similar in the two sets (844.1 cm-1). ν1 and the doublet ν4 do not seem to be altered. There is a strong linear correlation between the ν2 wavenumber and the Mg and Sr concentrations in these biological aragonites. It is known that the calcite-aragonite transition apparently shifts the wavenumber of ν2, but such a shift has not been observed in one mineral.