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evaporite

[ih-vap-uh-rahyt] /ɪˈvæp əˌraɪt/
noun, Geology
1.
any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; evapor(ation) + -ite1
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  • These low-density evaporite minerals were subsequently buried beneath higher density sedimentary rocks.
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evaporite

/ɪˈvæpəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
any sedimentary rock, such as rock salt, gypsum, or anhydrite, formed by evaporation of former seas or salt-water lakes
Word Origin
C20: evaporation + -ite1
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evaporite
  (ĭ-vāp'ə-rīt')   
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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