[ ih-vap-uh-rahyt ]
/ ɪˈvæp əˌraɪt /
any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.
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Example sentences from the Web for evaporite
Borates are mined from evaporite deposits at Searles Lake, California, and other desert locations.Deserts|A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for evaporite
/ (ɪˈvæpəˌraɪt) /
any sedimentary rock, such as rock salt, gypsum, or anhydrite, formed by evaporation of former seas or salt-water lakes
Word Origin for evaporite
C20: evaporation + -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for evaporite
[ ĭ-văp′ə-rīt′ ]
A sedimentary rock that consists of one or more minerals formed as precipitates from the evaporation of a saline solution, such as saltwater. Usually, the first evaporite to form from saltwater is calcium, followed by gypsum and then halite.
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