Field Staining Techniques for Determining Calcite, Dolomite and Phosphate

  • Owen R. Green


Quick and simple field techniques are described for determining and distinguishing the carbonate mineral’s calcite and dolomite. A further procedure for determining the presence of phosphate is also described. All of these field staining procedures can be modified for, or have been adapted from techniques used in the laboratory. A review of the field applications of geological techniques employing stains and dyes can be found in Green (1993). The methods are described below:


Ammonium Molybdate British Geological Survey Simple Field Acetate Peel Pure Dolomite 
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© Owen R. Green 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen R. Green
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  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of OxfordHolt, NorfolkUK

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