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close this book Small Scale Production of Lime for Building
close this folder 1. General Information
View the document 1.1 Geological description of limestone
View the document 1.2 Chemical composition of limestone
View the document 1.3 Physical characteristics of limestone
View the document 1.4 Classification of limestone
View the document 1.5 Chemical reactions in the production of lime
View the document 1.6 Common uses of lime in developing countries

1.1 Geological description of limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of calcium and magnesium carbonate. It is formed by the deposition either of the skeletons of small creatures and/or plants (organic limestones), or by chemical precipitation, or by deposition of fragments of limestone rock, on the beds of seas and lakes. Limestones are contaminated to a greater or lesser extent by the deposition of sand" or clay which are the source of the impurities found in them. Usually there is a difference in quality in a deposit from one layer to the next. The purest carbonates and the most suitable from the production point of view tend to be the thick bedded type. Carbonate deposits may be found in horizontal layers as deposited, or at an angle from the horizontal due to earth movements. They will vary in density, hardness and chemical purity.