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[mass noun] Lime-bearing siliceous rock produced by the metamorphic alteration of limestone or dolomite.
- ‘In this issue I look at skarn, a metamorphic rock type.’
- ‘The skarn is exposed along a steep mountainside that is gullied along its base by several small, intermittent streams that flow into a beautiful, boulder-filled river.’
- ‘I discovered light-colored skarn mineralogy when I climbed the hill looking for prospect pits.’
- ‘No skarn or tactite ores have been reported from the district.’
- ‘It would seem that these extremely rare specimens were created when gold mineralization was overprinted with later skarn mineralization.’
Early 20th century: from Swedish, literally dung, filth.
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