Vaterite

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Description

A rare crystalline form of Calcium carbonate.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vaterite (Port.); Vaterit (Deut.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Hexagonal crystal system.
  • Reacts with acids to evolve carbon dioxide
Composition CaCO3
Mohs Hardness 3
Density 2.54 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • R. Gettens, E. West Fitzhugh, R.Feller, "Calcium Carbonate Whites", Artists Pigments, Vol. 2., A. Roy ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1993.° Mineralogy Database: Vaterite

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