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What is Halites chemical formula?
Also asked, how is halite formed?
Halite is mainly a sedimentary mineral that usually forms in arid climates where ocean water evaporates. Over geologic time, several enormous salt deposits have been formed when repeated episodes of seawater evaporation occurred in restricted basins. Some of these deposits are thousands of feet thick.
Similarly, where is halite found? Halite is found in many current evaporative deposits such as near Salt Lake City, Utah and Searles Lake, California in the U.S., where it crystallizes out of evaporating brine lakes.
Herein, what is Halites hardness?
A minerals hardness is determined by scratching it against one of the 10 minerals on Mohs' scale. If your mineral scratches Mohs' it is harder. If Mohs' mineral scratches yours, Mohs' mineral is harder. Halite has a hardness of 2-2.5, therefor it is only harder than talc on Mohs' scale.
What is Halites crystal shape?
Crystallography of HaliteHide Normally cubic, rarely octahedral. Crystal faces often cavernous and stepped (hopper crystals). Massive. Coarsely granular to compact; columnar, stalactitic or capillary forms rare.