Special Issue "Polar Marine Carbonates"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paolo Montagna
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Institute of Polar Sciences - National Research Council, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
Interests: carbonate geochemistry; proxy development; paleoclimate reconstructions
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Dr. Marco Taviani
Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Sciences—National Research Council Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
Interests: paleoecology; biogenic carbonates; deep-sea geo-biology

Special Issue Information

At the 15th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology (13–15 April 1994, Ischia, Italy), the talk “Life against Thermodynamics” was presented by one of the Guest Editors (M.T.) at a special session devoted to polar carbonates. The concept recalls the basic fact that precipitation of calcium carbonate minerals in polar marine settings is profoundly disadvantaged by the ambient low temperatures (close to the freezing point). The presence of calcium carbonates under extreme polar conditions is largely trusted to the capability of organisms to invest energy in the process of biomineralization. Many important aspects of processes and products of carbonate precipitation and diagenesis in polar and subpolar latitudes have been elucidated to date; however, others remain little-known. This Special Issue welcomes contributions on all compositional (chemical, physical, biological) aspects of polar and subpolar carbonates in the marine domain, recent and past.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • mineralogy and petrography of polar carbonates;
  • geochemistry of cold water carbonates;
  • seawater carbonate chemistry;
  • high-latitude biological carbonate factories; and
  • ancient polar carbonates and paleoclimates.

Dr. Paolo Montagna
Dr. Marco Taviani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • polar carbonates
  • mineralogy
  • geochemistry
  • biomineralization
  • seawater carbonate chemistry
  • paleoclimate

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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