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A sedimentary deposit of precipitated minerals, formed by the evaporation of saline water.

[evapor(ation) + -ite.]

e·vap′o·rit′ic (-rĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Geological Science) any sedimentary rock, such as rock salt, gypsum, or anhydrite, formed by evaporation of former seas or salt-water lakes
[C20: evaporation + -ite1]
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(ɪˈvæp əˌraɪt)

any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.
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Rock formed of crystals precipitated by the evaporation of salt-saturated water.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.evaporite - the sediment that is left after the evaporation of seawater
sediment, deposit - matter that has been deposited by some natural process
brine, saltwater, seawater - water containing salts; "the water in the ocean is all saltwater"
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The new study "Two-billion-year-old evaporites capture Earth's great oxidation" was published in (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/03/21/science.aar2687) the journal Science  on March 22.
Messinian evaporites have been found in the Latakia area and in the sub-surface of the Lebanese-Syrian littoral border region.
For example, CaS[O.sub.4]-type acid (pH 2.0) waters flow at Mefite spring (electrical conductivity 5800 [micro]S [cm.sup.-1]), due to the interaction between groundwater and evaporites of Messinian age mainly made of gypsum [8].
It was deposited as restricted, basin-filling evaporites that include interbedded sulfates, carbonates and halides.
(1994) described Miocene dolomite and evaporites in six boreholes along the Musaffah Channel.
Detailed field, petrographic and structural evidence highlighting the role of evaporites in the formation of Colombia's eastern emerald belt were presented.
It is composed of sabkha evaporites and subaqueous evaporites with thin carbonate interbeds that can be traced for hundreds of kilometers.
Geological data indicate that this seal is made up of Messinian evaporites (salt layers) which formed some 60 million years ago.