Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol B (Biogeosciences) » B-PT Paleontology

[B-PT03] Biomineralization and the Geochemistry of Proxies -Field ecology, Laboratory culture and Paleo

Sun. May 22, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 101B (1F)

Convener:*Takashi Toyofuku(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)), Hiroshi Kitazato(Institute of Biogeosciences (BioGeos),Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)), Jelle Bijma(Alfred-Wegener-Institut fur Polar- und Meeresforschung), Simon Redfern(University of Cambridge), Chair:Hiroshi Kitazato(Institute of Biogeosciences (BioGeos),Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

[BPT03-06] Lateral and Vertical Textures in Shells of Calcitic and Aragonitic Foraminifers

*Kimiko Nakajima1, Monami Suzuki1, Yukiko Nagai2, Yuya Oaki1, Takashi Toyofuku2, Hiroaki Imai1 (1.Department of Applied Chemistry, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, 2.Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Japan)

Although shells of various foraminifers were reported to be composed of unique layered structures, details of the crystallographic structure have not been clarified sufficiently. Here, we investigated the shells of foraminifers, calcitic Ammonia beccarii and aragonitic Hoeglundina elegans, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Despite the difference in their crystal polymorph and shapes, they exhibited similar textures in micro- and nano-scales. The shells were revealed to consist of single-crystalline micrometric domains with their c axes perpendicular to the shell surface from SAED patterns of platy samples 100 nm thick prepared using a focused ion beam (FIB) technique. Cross-sectional SEM and TEM observations showed the presence of lateral organic layers ~10–20 nm thick with ~200–400 nm intervals in the single-crystalline domains. Whereas a micrometric layered structure has previously been reported as a periodic growth pattern, we discovered finer lateral textures. On the other hand, a columnar structure ~100–400 nm wide derived from vertical textures was observed on the cross-sections after mild etching of the shells in a diluted acetic acid solution. We also found the vertical textures which originated from strains of the crystal lattice as a difference of contrast in the TEM images of the FIB-cut samples. The columns were produced through selective dissolution of the strained area. Therefore, the foraminifer shells of the two species were deduced to consist of micrometric single-crystalline domains having lateral and vertical textures with organic thin layers and strains, respectively, regardless of the difference of polymorph.