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The growth and deformation of salt crystals are governed by, and in turn cause, defects in the crystal structure. A detailed study of these defects might therefore yield considerable information on the history of a crystal and the formation in which it occurs. This paper presents some examples of the study of these lattice defects and their application to geological problems.

The growth of salt crystals from brine is extremely sensitive to slight variations in growth conditions. The resultant veils and bands of impurity ions and/or color centers may therefore be used as “microvarves” to correlate periods of simultaneous deposition...

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