- a soft white or colorless mineral, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring in cubic crystals with perfect cleavage; rock salt.
Origin of halite
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Some of the uses of common salt are given in the description of halite in the preceding chapter.Geology
William J. Miller
Chlorine occurs in nature chiefly combined with sodium, as halite or rock salt (NaCl).A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.
Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
- a colourless or white mineral sometimes tinted by impurities, found in beds as an evaporite. It is used to produce common salt and chlorine. Composition: sodium chloride. Formula: NaCl. Crystal structure: cubicAlso called: rock salt
Word Origin for halite
C19: from New Latin halītes; see halo-, -ite ²
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- A colorless or white mineral occurring as cubic crystals. Halite is found in dried lakebeds in arid climates and is used as table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl. See more at salt.
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