Can Calcium Carbonate and Silica can be dissolved and reformed as a cement by the action of natural acids?

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Aug 24, 2017



The presence of absence of broken shells made of Calcium Carbonate can determine if a soft or hard sedimentary rock is formed.

Sand stone is simply sand unless there is a chemical reaction between the dissolved Calcium Carbonate in the sand and an acid such as #CO_2# forming Carbonic acid # H_2CO_3#. With the chemical reaction Sand layers become Sandstone. The more Calcium Carbonate that is turned into a form of cement by the natural chemical reactions the harder the sandstone layer.

I have found fossilized spark plugs off the coast of Oregon, sunset bay. The Calcium Carbonate in the water reacting with the rusting spark plug formed a cement that "glued" the rocks, sand and metal together forming a fossil. ( A fossil being any preserved evidence of living organisms)

So yes Calcium Carbonate does react to form a natural cement, under the right conditions, and this can happen very rapidly.