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Name: Stacey T.
Status: educator
Age: 30s
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Date: 2001


Question:
My daughter would like to know if fingernails or animal claws decompose.


Replies:
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.

Steve Sample


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