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Dolomite UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Addressing the long-standing “dolomite problem,” researchers have found that dolomite crystals require cycling of saturation conditions to grow

  • The findings provide new insights into how dolomite is formed.

  • Also found how modern dolomite is primarily found in natural environments with pH or salinity fluctuations

  • As per the simulation’s predictions, frequent cycling of a solution between supersaturation and undersaturation can speed up dolomite growth by up to 10 million times.

What is Dolomite


  • Dolomite is a calcium magnesium carbonate mineral with the chemical formula CaMg(CO3)2.

  • It is a common sedimentary rock-forming mineral and the primary component of the sedimentary rock known as dolostone. 

  • Dolomite is also found in metamorphic rocks, such as dolomitic marble.

  • Dolomite is typically colorless or white, but it can also be pink, gray, or brown

  • It has a hardness of 3.5 to 4 on the Mohs scale and a specific gravity of 2.8 to 2.9

  • Dolomite is slightly soluble in water, and it will effervesce in cold dilute hydrochloric acid.

  • Dolomite is formed by the precipitation of calcium and magnesium carbonates from seawater. 

  • It can also be formed by the alteration of limestone or by the metamorphism of limestone or dolostone.

  • Dolomite is a valuable mineral with a wide range of uses. 

  • It is an important component of the Earth's crust and plays a role in many geological processes.

  • Dolomite is also an important resource for humans, and it is used in a variety of applications.


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