The desire for an understanding of dolomitization of sedimentary strata has been based on economic as well as scientific interests


Involving factors such as the identity of associated rocks and the coarseness of the grains of dolostones have been suggested


Crystals range from transparent to translucent, but dolomite grains in rocks are typically translucent or nearly opaque


The structure can be described as resembling the calcite structure but with magnesium ions substituted cation layer


A source of magnesia (MgO), a feed additive for livestock, a sintering agent and flux in metal processing, and as an ingredient in the production of glass, bricks, and ceramics. Dolomite serves as the host rock for many lead , zinc , and copper deposits.
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