One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A natural salt or mineral deposit left after the evaporation of a body of water.
- ‘The Rhaetian-Lower Sinemurian shallow ramp units are composed of platform carbonates, evaporites and minor siliciclastic deposits.’
- ‘The Early Miocene Gachsaran Formation is composed of evaporites (salt and anhydrite), marl and limestone.’
- ‘Turbidite deposits and westward younging of limestones and evaporites record the development of the foreland fold and thrust belt during the Late Carboniferous Epoch.’
- ‘At the same time, lagoonal evaporites were deposited in the middle of the Western Carpathians; therefore an island surrounded by lagoons is hypothesized there.’
- ‘Subordinate rocks include thin units of dolomite, evaporite, Varangerian tillite and Precambrian crystalline rocks.’
1920s: alteration of evaporate (see also -ite).
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