The effect of fluid composition on the mechanism of the aragonite to calcite transition
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Experiments were performed to investigate the transformation of natural aragonite crystals to calcite by reaction with aqueous solutions of calcium carbonate at hydrothermal conditions for different periods of time. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and Laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) were used to characterize the reaction product. The results indicate that the replacement of aragonite by calcite follows an interface-coupled dissolution-precipitation mechanism. © 2008 The Mineralogical Society.