Evaporite definition

ĭ-văpə-rīt
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A sedimentary deposit of precipitated minerals, formed by the evaporation of saline water.
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A type of sedimentary rock, as halite or gypsum, formed by the evaporation of salt water.
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A sedimentary rock that consists of one or more minerals formed as precipitates from the evaporation of a saline solution, such as saltwater. Usually, the first evaporite to form from saltwater is calcium, followed by gypsum and then halite.
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The salty, crusty, sediment that remains after sea water evaporates.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
evaporite
Plural:
evaporites

Origin of evaporite

  • evapor(ation) –ite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition