Chequerboard veins in limestone

Chequerboard veins in limestone

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Caption: Veins in rocks are a result of the precipitation and/or crystallisation of minerals in faults or bedding planes in that rock, usually long after the formation of the rocks in question. This example shows veins of calcite (CaCO3) in limestone. The fact that veins intersect in this example indicates that different cycles of fault forming tectonic movement and calcite precipitation have been active. Location is Wadi Guhl in in the Al Hajar Mountains of northeastern Oman

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Keywords: bedding plane, calcite, chequerboard, crossing, crystallisation, crystals, cycles, fault, faults, intersecting, limestone, mineral, mineralogy, precipitation, tectonic, vein, veins

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