Salt pseudomorphs

These square-shaped crystals formed when salt water dried out. They were then covered in sediments which preserved their shape after the salt dissolved. They are also known as halite pseudomorphs as halite is another name for salt.

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Common name

Salt pseudomorphs

Type

Rocks and Pseudofossils


Strata

Purbeck Limestone, Lulworth Beds

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Fossil Forest east of Lulworth Cove

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06646