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dolomitization

[doh-luh-mahy-tuh-zey-shuh n, -mi-, dol-uh-] /ˌdoʊ ləˌmaɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən, -mɪ-, ˌdɒl ə-/
noun, Geology
1.
the conversion of limestone into dolomite.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; dolomitize + -ation
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  • Most reservoir rock is algal, dolomitic limestone with enhanced porosity and permeability due to dolomitization and weathering.
  • Porosity has been enhanced through dissolution and dolomitization.
  • Stratigraphic depth of secondary dolomitization varies in the range.
  • Limestone that escaped extensive dolomitization only occurs as isolated lenses.
  • dolomitization, for example, may be important in the selective precipitation of elemental uranium.
  • Differential fracturing and subsequent dolomitization has occurred along the depressed trend.
  • Most of the oolitic structure is poorly displayed, probably because of dolomitization.
  • Alteration consists of regional dolomitization, extensive carbonate dissolution, and development of residual shale.

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