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A variety of Opal

An opaline silica consisting of the fossil skeletal remains of diatoms (diatomea).

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References for Diatomite

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Kamatani, A., Riley, J.P. , Skirrow, G. (1980) The dissolution of diatom tests in sea water. Journal of the Oceanographical Society of Japan 36, 201-208.

Pisciotto, K.A. (1981) Diagenetic trends in the siliceous facies of the Monterey Shale in the Santa Maria region, California. Sedimentology 28, 547-571.

Inglethorpe, S.D.J. (1993) Industrial Minerals Laboratory Manual: Diatomite. British Geological Survey, Technical report WG/92/39.

Thyberg, B.I., Stabell, B., Faleide, J.I, Bjørlykke, K. (1999) Upper Oligocene diatomaceous deposits in the northern North Sea - silica diagenesis and paleogeographic implications. Norsk Geologisk Tidsskrift 79, 3-18.

DeMaster, D.J. (2004) The diagenesis of biogenic silica: Chemical transformations occurring in the water column, seabed, and crust. In: Treatise of Geochemistry, Volume 7. Sediments, Diagenesis, and Sedimentary Rock, 87-98.

R.O.Y. Breese, F.M. Bodycomb (2006) Diatomite. In: Industrial Minerals and Rocks. Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 433-450.

Armbrust, E.V. (2009) The life of diatoms in the world's oceans. Nature 459, 185-192.

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