Calcite

Calcite

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Caption: Calcite sample, close-up. This is oolitic calcite. Calcite is a general term for calcium carbonate minerals. Limestone is mostly calcite. An ooid is a nearly perfectly circular calcite deposition formed from sediments on the seabed under the action of moving waters in a shallow sea. Rocks consisting of compressed ooids are called oolites. This sample is from the Jurassic calcite sediments of central Switzerland.

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Keywords: alpine, alps, calcite, calcium carbonate, close-up, earth science, europe, european, geological, geology, jurassic, ooid, ooids, oolite, oolitic, rock, rocks, sample, sediment, sedimentary rock, sedimentation, swiss, switzerland

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