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Evaporite Environment

Part of Hall of Minerals.


In warm and arid climates, water evaporating from landlocked, or playa, lakes may result in the development of various minerals. As the lake waters evaporate, they become naturally enriched in the different soluble chemicals carried into them by streams. These chemicals have been obtained through weathering and erosion of nearby rock materials. Continued evaporation concentrates these chemicals to the point where they precipitate and accumulate at the bottom and shores of lakes as a group of distinctive minerals.

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