Gypsum deposit

Gypsum deposit

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thinly laminated deposit of gypsum in a rocky outcrop. Natural gypsum is a sediment formed by evaporation in a salt water lake or sea in a past era. This deposit is from the Messinian salinity crisis when the Mediterranean Sea went through cycles of drying and reflooding during the Miocene (around 5.5 million years ago). Photographed near Elodio in south west Cyprus.

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Keywords: elodio, environment, evaporation, geological, geology, gypsum, laminated deposit, mediterranean sea, messinian salinity crisis, mineral, miocene, nature, rocky outcrop, salt water, sediment, south west cyprus

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