- any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.
Origin of evaporite
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Borates are mined from evaporite deposits at Searles Lake, California, and other desert locations.Deserts
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- 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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- 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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