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Aragonite is a carbonate mineral; one of the three most frequent variaties of the crystalline forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) (the other two varieties are calcite and vaterite). It is formed in biological and physical processes. Biologically, calcite and aragonite form the skeletons and shells of most marine organisms. Aragonite is also the mineral with which the shells form their pearls.

Physically, aragonite deposits in caves with low temperatures and as stalactites in caves. Another way to form deposits is the precipitation or sedimentation of aragonite in marine or aquatic environments.

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