Wicks, Frederick J. Department of Mineralogy, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada.
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A common rock composed of serpentine minerals, serpentinite is usually formed through the hydration of ultramafic rocks, dunites, and peridotites in a process known as serpentinization. The result is the formation of hydrated magnesium-rich minerals, such as antigorite, chrysotile, or lizardite, commonly with magnetite or, less frequently, brucite. See also: Dunite; Peridotite
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