The influence of total calcium and total carbonate on the growth rate of calcite

R. D. Van Der Weijden, A. E. Van Der Heijden, G. J. Witkamp, G. M. Van Rosmalen*

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Abstract

The influence of total calcium and total carbonate on the growth rate of calcite under seawater-like conditions was studied with a chemostat system. The growth rate increased with increasing calcium concentration, due to a higher supersaturation. At equal supersaturation and similar free activities of calcium and carbonate, the growth rate increased at a higher total carbonate concentration. This increase can be explained by a contribution of bicarbonate to calcite crystal growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Volume171
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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