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Travertine builders

 

Species that have the ability of encrusting calcite crystals are called travertine-builders. Algaes and mosses play an important role in the formation of travertine.

Several forms of travertine are known, based on the plants or animals that participate in the construction of these limestone deposits, named after species of travertine building mosses (Cratoneurum commutatum, Brium vebtricosum and Didimodon tophaceus), and chironomid, gastropod and trichoptera, named after travertine building animal groups, the midges (Chironomida), snails (Gastropoda) and caddisflies (Trichoptera).

Species that have the ability of encrusting calcite crystals are called travertine-builders. Algaes and mosses play an important role in the formation of travertine.