Hatrurim Formation

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The Hatrurim Formation or Mottled Zone is a geologic formation with outcrops all around the Dea Sea basin: in the Negev Desert in Israel, in the Judaean desert on the West Bank, and in western Jordan. It includes late Cretaceous to Eocene aged impure limestone along with coal bearing chalk and marl. The rocks have been subjected to pyrometamorphism resulting from combustion of contained or underlying coal or hydrocarbon deposits. The formation is named for exposures in the Hatrurim Basin which lies west of the Dead Sea.[1]

The formation is the type locality for five unusual minerals and noted for many other minerals more common to Portland cement chemistry.[1]

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