Is dolomite rare or common?
Dolomites occur in abundance in many locales across the globe. However, the most well-known source of gem-quality material, Eugua, Navarra, Spain, produces magnificent, often large, perfectly formed and transparent crystals and clusters.
What can scratch dolomite?
The trend for white and gray lends itself to the typical Dolomite colors. Dolomites are often oversold as a Marble that performs like Granite. Unfortunately that is not quite right. Dolomites are slightly harder than your average marble but are much softer than granite, therefore they can scratch.
What is the uses of dolomite?
Uses. Dolomite is used as an ornamental stone, a concrete aggregate, and a source of magnesium oxide, as well as in the Pidgeon process for the production of magnesium.
In powdered form, dolomite dissolves readily with effervescence in warm acids. Although rock beds containing dolomite are found throughout the world, the most notable quarries are located in the Midwestern United States; Ontario, Canada; Switzerland; Pamplona, Spain; and Mexico.
The "dolomite problem" refers to the vast worldwide depositions of dolomite in the past geologic record in contrast to the limited amounts of dolomite formed in modern times.