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Calcite

It has long been known that the weathering of minerals containing base cations useful to plants is an important source of nutrients for many ecosystems. Because of this, minerals such as calcite have become common place in agriculture.

The name calcite is from the Greek word “chalx” meaning lime. It is extremely common and found throughout the world in sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock. Calcite is a rock forming mineral with a chemical formula CaCO3.

Many sea organisms such as coral, algae and diatoms make their shells out of calcite, they pull carbon dioxide from the sea water to accomplish this. Environmentally, calcite is very important and has played a key role in the successful development of early Earth. By pulling carbon dioxide out of the sea water, this biological activity allows more of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to dissolve into the oceans and thus acts as a carbon dioxide filter for the planet.

The calcite within Zeogrow has been micronized (see TMA) to such a small state it is of nanoparticle dimensions, small enough to enter the leaf stoma. It decomposes into calcium oxide (CaO) and carbon dioxide (CO2), intensifying photosynthesis. Micronized calcite is also a great soil amendment and neutraliser of acidic environments.

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