Rhaponeidales is an order of diatoms. There are 21 species of Rhaponeidales, in 7 genera and 2 families. It includes groups like Rhaphoneidaceae and Psammodiscaceae. Dead Rhaponeidales formsiliceous oozes.
Definition: Siliceous ooze is a marine sediment composed of the debris of plankton with silica shells, such as diatoms and radiolaria. This ooze is limited to areas with high biological productivity, such as the polar oceans, and upwelling zones near the equator. The least common type of sediment, it covers only 15% of the ocean floor. It accumulates at a slower rate than calcareous ooze: 0.2-1 cm / 1000 yr.
Definition: Component found in mineralized skeletal tissue, (a specialized form of biogenic tissue in which the extracellular matrix is mineralized, and which functions in mechanical and structural support.)