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Ophicalcite

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Strictly an ophicarbonate where calcite is the predominant carbonate, but it has been traditionally used as a synonym of ophicarbonate. A recrystallized metamorphic rock composed of calcite and serpentine, commonly formed by dedolomitization of a siliceous dolostone. Some ophicalcites are highly veined and brecciated and are associated with serpentinite.

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Classification of OphicalciteHide

Mineralogy of OphicalciteHide

Non-essential minerals - these minerals are common, sometimes major components, but are not always present:
CalciteCaCO3
SerpentineA group of phyllosilicate minerals.

Synonyms of OphicalciteHide

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Fettes (et al.), Metamorphic Rocks - A Classification and Glossary of Terms (2007) Cambridge University Press

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