Chang, Luke L. Y. Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
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A member of the calcite-type car-bonates having the formula MgCO3. It forms dolomite [CaMg(CO3)2] with calcite (CaCO3) in the system CaCO3MgCO3. Pure magnesite is not common in nature because there exists a complete series of solid solutions between MgCO3 and FeCO3, which is constantly present in magnesite in its natural occurrence. See also: Carbonate minerals; Magnesium
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