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Limestone (Fossiliferous)

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Limestone (Fossilferous) AMNH/R.Mickens

Exhibition Text

This sample of limestone is composed of carbonate minerals, and formed in a shallow ocean.  On the surface of the rock are million-year-old fossils of Vivapara contectoides.  Limestone is an important reservoir for carbon. 

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Mineralogy, Carbon cycle (Biogeochemistry), Limestone

Audience: General