Helman, Marc L. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom.
Schreiber, B. Charlotte Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, New York, New York.
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One of the group of minerals referred to as evaporites, halite is commonly known as salt. Halite is one of many substances that are essential for human life. Evaporite minerals form when ions are concentrated to their saturation point by the progressive evaporation of seawater or saline lake water. Halite precipitates after calcium sulfate, but before the highly soluble salts of potassium and magnesium.
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