Finger Nails and Decomposition
Name: Stacey T.
My daughter would like to know if fingernails or animal
Fingernails and claws are all made of principally calcium carbonate or similar
compounds. Decomposition of fingernails is similar to any living material. These
calcium compounds will dissolve in weak acids, much like we find
in soil and many parts of the environment. This process will not take too
long except in extreme environments.
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Update: June 2012