When two solutes crystallize simultaneously from an aqueous phase and have similar crystal structures, a solid solution is likely to form. Indeed, although often disregarded, solid solution-aqueous solution (SS-AS) effects are ubiquitous in both natural and industrial crystallization processes. In nature, and particularly on the Earth’s surface environments, the crystallization of minerals from multicomponent aqueous solutions provokes in most cases the formation of solids with more or less wide compositional ranges, i.e., solid solutions. Moreover, the interaction between existing minerals and water frequently leads to surface precipitation and dissolution-recrystallization processes, in which a number of substituting ions (major, minor, or...

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