coccolith


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coc·co·lith

 (kŏk′ə-lĭth′)
n.
Any of several minute calcite plates that make up the external covering of certain haptophyte phytoplankton and in a fossilized state form chalk and limestone deposits.

[cocc(us) (from its shape) + -lith.]

coccolith

(ˈkɒkəlɪθ)
n
(Geological Science) any of the round calcareous plates in chalk formations: formed the outer layer of unicellular plankton
[C19: New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry + lithos stone]

coc•co•lith

(ˈkɒk əˌlɪθ)

n.
a microscopic calcareous disk or ring making up part of the covering of certain marine plankton and forming much of the content of chalk rocks.
[1865–70; < New Latin Coccolithus orig. a genus name; see coccus, -o-, -lith]
coc`co•lith′ic, adj.
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Supplementary modification and introduction of code numbers to the low-latitude coccolith biostratigraphic zonation (Bukry, 1973; 1975).
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The deeper-water formations, namely the Montpelier Formation (consisting of bedded chert) and the Pelleu Island Formation (which lacks chert), are essentially coccolith planktonic-foraminiferal chalky limestones (Mitchell 2004; Blissett 2006).
Coccolith distribution patterns in south Atlantic and Southern Ocean surface sediments in relation to environmental gradients.
1980): Supplementary modification and introduction of code numbers to the low-latitude coccolith biostratigraphic zonation (Bukry, 1973;1975).
A correlation of the Tethyan Maiolica Formation of the Breggia section (southern Switzerland) with Early Cretaceous coccolith oozes of Site 534A, DSDP Leg 76 in the western Atlantic.
Global synchroneity of late Quaternary coccolith datum levels: validation by oxygen isotopes.
1973): Coccolith and silicoflagellatae stratigraphy, Tasman Sea and southwestern Pacific Ocean, Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 21.
However, when a molecule of calcium carbonate is formed in the upper ocean as part of a coccolith or planktonic foraminifer test, a molecule of C[O.
Lipid composition during growth of motile and coccolith forms of Emillania huxleyi.
Oxygen isotope analyses of coccoliths grown in culture: species dominant in Pleistocene-Holocene nannofossil assemblages.