What Are The Characteristics Of Dolomite?

How can you tell the difference between limestone and dolomite?

What is the difference between Limestone and Dolomite? Limestone is a calcium carbonate mineral whereas dolomite is made of calcium magnesium carbonate. Sand, clay and silt are commonly found in limestone as impurities but not quite common in dolomite. Calcite limestone is usually more expensive than dolomite.

How can you tell the difference between calcite and dolomite?

Calcite mainly contains calcium carbonate and dolomite contains calcium magnesium carbonate. Dolomite differs from calcite because of the presence of magnesium. Calcite reacts quickly with acids and produce carbon dioxide bubbles. But dolomite is weakly reacts with acids producing bubbles very slowly.

What does a dolomite mineral look like?

The mineral dolomite crystallizes in the trigonal-rhombohedral system. It forms white, tan, gray, or pink crystals. Dolomite is a double carbonate, having an alternating structural arrangement of calcium and magnesium ions.

What shape is dolomite?

Dolomite is a very common mineral, and is known for its saddle-shaped curved crystal aggregates.

Does dolomite fizz with HCl?

Dolomite will effervesce weakly with cold hydrochloric acid, producing a few bubbles. The reaction is more noticeable when the acid is warm and/or the stone is powdered.

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