LM of a section through oolitic limestone

LM of a section through oolitic limestone

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Caption: Oolite. Light micrograph of a thin section through limestone showing ooliths. Ooliths are spherical bodies (seen here) formed by the precipitation of minerals, often carbonate, in concentric layers around a nucleus. Usually they are small, up to 2 millimetres in diameter. The calcium ground substance in which they are embedded is visible. "Oolite" describes the allochemical lime- stone sedimentary rock that contains these ooliths. Oolites are common in the Jurassic system of Britain. Some non-calcareous oolites are known, such as those formed from iron minerals. Magnification: unknown.

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Keywords: calcite, calcium, earth science, geology, geomorphology, light micrograph, limestone, oolite, oolith, oolitic, oolitic limestone, rocks, sedimentary rock

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