Microbial processes forming daily lamination in a stromatolitic travertine

Chizuru Takashima, Akihiro Kano

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Thirty-hour continuous observation revealed that cyanobacterial metabolism caused daily lamination of a stromatolitic travertine in the Shionoha hot spring, SW Japan. The travertine is mainly composed of dendritic calcite crystals intercalated with bands of micritic particles at sub-millimeter intervals. Cyanobacteria remained in the spaces between the calcite crystals during the daytime, rose to the travertine surface to receive illumination as light decreased and formed a biofilm around sunset. A micritic band developed on the biofilm where glutinous substances trapped detrital ferrihydrite-rich particles transported from upcurrent. The trapped particles covered the biofilm, and in-situ precipitation of calcite crystals became dominant before mid-night. The depositional model of daily lamination of the Shionoha travertine may provide insight into the poorly understood origins and depositional rate of ancient stromatolites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalSedimentary Geology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Stratigraphy


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