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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.


(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]


(ɪˈvæp əˌraɪt)

any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.


Rock formed of crystals precipitated by the evaporation of salt-saturated water.
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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Evaporite sequence of Eocene comprising Bahadur Khel Salt and Jatta Gypsum are the oldest rock units exposed in the study area overlain by Kuldana Formation and limestone of Kohat Formation.
The kainite resources occur in a kainite horizon that is interpreted as a primary evaporite unit in the basin and has been intersected in diamond drilling in most of the mining license area.
Salts leached from these evaporite outcrops are probably the source of most salt in the salt lakes.
If significant evaporite deposits of this previously unknown mineral exist on Mars, it could conceivably melt incongruently in response to slight heating episodes and could rapidly evolve large amounts of liquid water that would wash out across the surface and then evaporate.
Sabkha: "A marginal marine mudflat where displacive and replacive evaporite minerals form in the capillary zone above the saline water table".
This low-angle structure was interpreted as recording reverse movement and was placed within the evaporite sequence at the base of the Windsor Group.
Thick and laterally extensive Permian aged evaporite sequences cover much of southeastern New Mexico.
Since 1975, the year in which the present government came to power in Laos, most non-fuel exploration has focused on the gold, tin, sapphire and evaporite occurrences actively exploited at present by four State Mining Enterprises.
com/research/81e48e/quaternary_carbona) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Quaternary Carbonate and Evaporite Sedimentary Facies and their Ancient Analogues: A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman (Special Publication 43 of the IAS)" to their offering.
Hasbrouck Geophysics, a firm with extensive experience in Clayton Valley and other southwestern US evaporite basins, performed the work under contract to Pure Energy.
There are good evaporite seals under Syria's Triassic carbonates (reservoirs), in the Palmyrid area and in the north-east.