Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) plays a crucial role in the formation of biogenic carbonates. In this investigation, full-grown spines of the slate pencil urchin are shortly heated to 250° C. Techniques used were Thermogravimetry, Mass Spectrometry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Dilatometry. The Thermogravimetry Mass Spectrometer helped to investigate the thermal stability of the spines. Mass spectrometer data proved the release of water and carbon dioxide, related the release to a specific temperature range and enabled quantification of the gases released. The length change during heating was investigated by Dilatometry. In addition, the expansion behaviour of Sea Urchin Spines was compared to the dilatation of geological calcite.
(Lauer, C., Haußmann, S., Schmidt, P., Fischer, C., Rapp, D., Berthold, C. and Nickel, K.G. (2020)
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