Anhydrous carbonate containing hydroxyl
Specific gravity: 2.44
Colour: Colourless, white
Solubility: Soluble in acids with effervescence
Dawsonite is a low temperature hydrothermal carbonate formed from decomposing aluminous silicates.
At McGill University campus, Quebec, Canada, dawsonite is found as coatings on joint surfaces of a feldspar dyke associated with calcite, dolomite, pyrite, galena and manganese oxides.
In Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, dawsonite occurs in veins associated with late Tertiary basalt.
At Santa Fiora, Tuscany, Italy, dawsonite is associated with calcite, dolomite, pyrite, fluorite and cinnabar (Dana).
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