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Geological sources[ edit ] Calcitearagonite and vaterite are pure calcium carbonate minerals. Industrially important source rocks which are predominantly calcium carbonate include limestonechalkmarble and travertine.
Calcite is the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate. It is transparent to opaque. A transparent variety called Iceland spar shown here is used for optical purposes.
Signs of calcium carbonate have been detected at more than one location notably at Gusev and Huygens craters. This provides some evidence for the past presence of liquid water.
Calcium carbonate occurs as aragonitecalcite and dolomite. The carbonate minerals form the rock types: In warm, clear tropical waters corals are more abundant than towards the poles where the waters are cold.
Calcium carbonate contributors, including plankton such as coccoliths and planktic foraminiferacoralline algaespongesbrachiopodsechinodermsbryozoa and mollusksare typically found in shallow water environments where sunlight and filterable food are more abundant.
Cold-water carbonates do exist at higher latitudes but have a very slow growth rate. The calcification processes are changed by ocean acidification. Where the oceanic crust is subducted under a continental plate sediments will be carried down to warmer zones in the asthenosphere and lithosphere.
Under these conditions calcium carbonate decomposes to produce carbon dioxide which, along with other gases, give rise to explosive volcanic eruptions.
Carbonate compensation depth[ edit ] The carbonate compensation depth CCD is the point in the ocean where the rate of precipitation of calcium carbonate is balanced by the rate of dissolution due to the conditions present. Deep in the ocean, the temperature drops and pressure increases.
Calcium carbonate is unusual in that its solubility increases with decreasing temperature. Increasing pressure also increases the solubility of calcium carbonate.
Role in taphonomy[ edit ] Calcium carbonate can preserve fossils through permineralization. Most of the vertebrate fossils of the Two Medicine Formation —a geologic formation known for its duck-billed dinosaur eggs—are preserved by CaCO3 permineralization.
However, it also leaves specimens vulnerable to weathering when exposed to the surface. Industrial applications[ edit ] The main use of calcium carbonate is in the construction industry, either as a building material or limestone aggregate for road building or as an ingredient of cement or as the starting material for the preparation of builder's lime by burning in a kiln.
Calcium carbonate is also used in the purification of iron from iron ore in a blast furnace. The carbonate is calcined in situ to give calcium oxide, which forms a slag with various impurities present, and separates from the purified iron. Calcium carbonate is added to swimming pools, as a pH corrector for maintaining alkalinity and offsetting the acidic properties of the disinfectant agent.
This burnt lime is then slaked in sweet water to produce a calcium hydroxide suspension for the precipitation of impurities in raw juice during carbonatation.
Calcium carbonate is a main source for growing Seacrete. Precipitated calcium carbonate PCCpre-dispersed in slurry form, is a common filler material for latex gloves with the aim of achieving maximum saving in material and production costs.
In terms of market volume, GCC are the most important types of fillers currently used. In North America, calcium carbonate has begun to replace kaolin in the production of glossy paper.
Europe has been practicing this as alkaline papermaking or acid-free papermaking for some decades. PCC used for paper filling and paper coatings is precipitated and prepared in a variety of shapes and sizes having characteristic narrow particle size distributions and equivalent spherical diameters of 0.
It is also a popular filler in plastics. PVC cables can use calcium carbonate at loadings of up to 70 phr parts per hundred parts of resin to improve mechanical properties tensile strength and elongation and electrical properties volume resistivity.
It also routinely used as a filler in thermosetting resins sheet and bulk molding compounds  and has also been mixed with ABSand other ingredients, to form some types of compression molded "clay" poker chips. Decorating crack fillers contain similar levels of marble or dolomite.
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