from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A colorless, white, gray, blue, or lilac mineral of anhydrous calcium sulfate, CaSO4, occurring as layers in gypsum deposits.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Anhydrous sulphate of calcium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A mineral of a white or a slightly bluish color, usually massive. It is anhydrous sulphate of lime, and differs from gypsum in not containing water (whence the name).

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  • noun mineralogy A saline evaporite consisting of anhydrous calcium sulfate (gypsum).


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[anhydr(ous) + –ite.]


  • The name anhydrite was given by A.G. Werner in 1804, because of the absence of water, as contrasted with the presence of water in gypsum.

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  • It is frequently associated with minor quantities of anhydrite, which is calcium sulphate without water, and under the proper natural conditions either of these materials may be changed into the other.

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  • A geochemical process called anhydrite swelling has been confirmed as the cause of these uplifts.

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  • Other important types of minerals include: the carbonates (e.g. calcite, CaCO3) the sulfides (e.g. galena, PbS) and the sulfates (e.g. anhydrite, CaSO4).

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  • A secondary, and minor source, of raw calcium sulfate is the mineral anhydrite.


  • Gypsum and anhydrite are abundant and minor amounts of salt, potash and limestone occur.

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  • The third series describes receipt of pure boron through action on boron anhydrite by magnesium:

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  • During the period from 1860 to 1985, sulphuric anhydrite emissions, one of the leading causes of acid rain, increased from seven million tons to approximately 155 million tons annually.

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  • Further heating of gypsum, slightly beyond 200° C (not achieved by solar energy) produces anhydrite gypsum (CaSO4), which when mixed with water, sets very slowly.

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  • Thus the sulphate constitutes the minerals anhydrite, alabaster, gypsum, and selenite; the carbonate occurs dissolved in most natural waters and as the minerals chalk, marble, calcite, aragonite; also in the double carbonates such as dolomite, bromlite, barytocalcite; the fluoride as fluorspar; the fluophosphate constitutes the mineral apatite; while all the more important mineral silicates contain a proportion of this element.

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