Limescale

Limescale

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Limescale. This thick crust of limescale has been removed from the side of a water treatment reactor. It consists mostly of calcium carbonate (calcite) salt that precipitates out of water when it is heated. This sample measures 340 millimetres across.

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Keywords: calcite, calcium carbonate, crust, crusted, crystal, crystals, earth science, geological, geology, limescale, mineral, mineralogy, precipitate, salt, salts, scale, scaled, water treatment

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