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What is Dolomite & Limestone, how do they differ?

What is Dolomite & Limestone, how do they differ
  • Limestone and dolomite are sedimentary rocks that are formed by carbonate residues.
    By looking closer at their chemical composition, we realize that limestone is made of calcium carbonate whereas dolomite is made of calcium magnesium carbonate. However, both limestone and dolomite are strong & tough, and can be crushed to different sizes.
  • Both limestones and dolomites are collectively called carbonates; they belong to the carbonate minerals calcite (CaCO3) and dolomite (CaMg[CO3]2).
  • Despite belonging to the same parent, both these carbonates differ in their structure and formation. Owing to their basic chemistry and derivation,

limestone and dolomite can easily be separated into their molecular components and crushed into their desired sizes depending on their use.

Need for limestone and dolomite testing

Need for Limestone and Dolomite testing
  • Calcium-bearing minerals like limestone and dolomite are common building stones that stay in demand for their varied usage in the construction and agriculture industries.
  • Limestone being a predominant part of the construction industry, its usage is further extended as a raw material (added as white pigment) and is used in the manufacturing of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste, papers, and plastics. Animals need calcium for healthy growth and development, and limestone powder is a healthy and viable solution instead of bones. Limestone-containing animal feed is a popular choice for pig beef, cattle, poultry, horses, and sheep.
Need for Limestone and Dolomite testing
  • Dolomite on the other hand, due to its alkaline properties is widely used as acid neutralization. Apart from this, dolomite is also used in the cement, medicine, glass, and ceramic industry as a source of magnesium. Most commonly and on a very large scale, limestone is used for making cement and is therefore one of the major building blocks of the modern world.
  • Owing to the varied commercial application of limestone and dolomite-the need to test and analyse these sedimentary rocks is in their pre-manufacturing stage is marked as an important and unskippable process.

Parameters To Be Tested At Anacon Laboratories

  • Limestone and dolomite are extremely valuable raw materials; they both provide versatility in their application. Since the usage of these carbonates varies in respect to the different industries, testing its parameters becomes of utmost importance.
  • There are a variety of parameters that are considered while conducting tests on limestone and dolomite, both.The most commonly tested parameters for these are Lime as CaO, Silica as SiO2, Magnesium as MgO, Iron Oxid, Loss on ignition etc.

Why Choose Anacon for Limestone & Dolomite Testing ?

  • Anacon Laboratories is one of the leading laboratories of Central India, and over the years we have gained vast experience in limestone and dolomite testing. Our experienced team provides you with iron oxide, CaO, MgO, moisture content, etc.
  • The limestone and dolomite testing at our lab ensure the quality of fuel against national and international specifications. Our testing labs are equipped with state of art machinery, and our analytical services are backed by qualified and experienced staff members. At every step, we make sure to generate results that are carried out with utmost attention to accuracy, standardize methodology, and reliable operating procedures.

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