carbonate cycle

carbonate cycle

[′kär·bə·nət ‚sī·kəl]
(geochemistry)
The biogeochemical carbonate pathways, involving the conversion of carbonate to CO2 and HCO3, the solution and deposition of carbonate, and the metabolism and regeneration of it in biological systems.
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Even as the scientists realize they have only begun to untangle the intricacies of ocean chemistry in general and of the calcium carbonate cycle in particular, Zondervan says one thing is clear: "We are already changing the ocean chemistry, that's an experiment that's already going on."
(1993): The origin of high-frequency platform carbonate cycles and third-order sequences (Lower Ordovician El Paso Gp., west Texas): Constraints from outcrop data and stratigraphic modelling.
A case in point is the Knox Group in Tennessee, which contains transgressive and regressice carbonate cycles (Montanez, 1997).