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American Mineralogist

Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials

Ed. by Baker, Don / Xu, Hongwu / Swainson, Ian

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Volume 100, Issue 5-6


Highlights and Breakthroughs. Reaction pathways toward the formation of dolomite

Carlos M. Pina
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  • Departamento de Cristalografía y Mineralogía, Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto de Geociencias IGEO (UCM–CSIC), E-28040 Madrid, Spain
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Published Online: 2015-05-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2015-5269


Little is known about the physico-chemical processes that lead to the formation of dolomite in nature. Issues requiring further investigation include: (1) the role played by amorphous carbonate precursors, (2) the mechanisms of transformation of such precursors into proto-dolomite and dolomite, and (3) the controlling factors of the kinetics of the reactions that eventually result in the crystallization of highly ordered dolomite. In the article by Rodriguez-Blanco et al. in this issue entitled “A route for the direct crystallization of dolomite,” the authors present experimental evidence of a threestage process that, starting from the precipitation of an amorphous magnesium calcium carbonate, produces proto-dolomite via spherulitic growth, and subsequently ordered dolomite. This article provides new insights into reaction pathways toward the formation of dolomite.

Keywords: Dolomite; amorphous precursors; dissolution-crystallization; reaction pathways; reaction kinetics

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Received: 2014-12-01

Accepted: 2014-12-15

Published Online: 2015-05-12

Published in Print: 2015-05-01

Citation Information: American Mineralogist, Volume 100, Issue 5-6, Pages 1017–1018, ISSN (Online) 1945-3027, ISSN (Print) 0003-004X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2015-5269.

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