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geyserite

[gahy-zuh-rahyt, -suh-] /ˈgaɪ zəˌraɪt, -sə-/
noun, Petrology
1.
a variety of siliceous sinter deposited about the orifices of geysers and hot springs.
Origin of geyserite
1805-1815
1805-15; geyser + -ite1
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  • Of what use are pieces of geyserite when taken away from their natural environment?

  • The Brilliant is a beautiful blue hot spring and near to it is the Comet, which has built up a small cone of geyserite.

  • geyserite, a white, porous, stringy variety deposited by certain hot springs like the Yellowstone geysers.

    Geology William J. Miller
  • The Constant is visible from the roadway in the bottom of a large tract of geyserite which is unsafe for pedestrians.

    The Yellowstone National Park Hiram Martin Chittenden
  • Everywhere steaming hot springs are seen, also mounds and cones of geyserite.

  • This particular form of Opal is known as geyserite, and it is often differently colored by different ingredients.

British Dictionary definitions for geyserite

geyserite

/ˈɡiːzəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a mineral form of hydrated silica resembling opal, deposited from the waters of geysers and hot springs. Formula: SiO2.nH2O
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