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The carbon dioxide and water combine to form carbonic acid, which dissociates
into the hydrogen ion and the bicarbonate ion, as you have seen, so the equation
for the solution of calcite can also be written as equation C in table 12.1V There ...
When limestone is metamorphosed to marble, for example, the fine grains of
calcite coalesce and recrystallize into larger calcite crystals. The calcite crystals
are interlocked in a mosaic pattern that gives marble a texture distinctly different
Calcite precipitation forms stalactites and stalagmites above the water table.
development of caves (solution) -* development of flowstone and dripstone (
precipitation) Figure 17.21 Stalactites and stalagmites in Lehman Caves, Nevada
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