I'm constantly wondering where names and words come from, so why limestone? Being basic in nature it neither tastes like a lime nor is it lime coloured.
- Lime_(material) -- 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:55, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
in toothpaste? can we find a source for that?
Kaens 21:17, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
- Gillson, J.L., and others, 1960, The Carbonate Rocks: in Industrial Rocks and Minerals, 3rd ed., Amer. Inst. Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, p. 189. Geologyguy 21:51, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
- Also, online in narrative form, here (Utah Geological Survey) Geologyguy 22:00, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
- Arm and Hammer is a famous brand that claims to rely heavily on bicarbonate. It has a particularly 'unique' taste. :D
Limestone is a sedimentary rock. It is used in lots of ways; it used for buildings, for agriculture etc. It is strong, but easy to cut when you have a big sword. Easily corrodes in acid rain
How is limestone "readily available relatively easy to cut into blocks" and yet "quite expensive"? Kwertii 04:42, 21 Oct 2004 (UTC)
What different types of limestone are there
In reply to both previous discussion topics: 1) "Easy to cut when you have a big sword"??? (It's the year 2006, not 1206!)
2) Kwertii, the rock is fairly common therefore readily available, and it can be chopped into blocks of all sizes, but the extraction process is expensive - involving blasting the rock with explosives, seperating it from the impurties, and getting rid of the impurities produced. Therefore, the rock costs about £5/tonne, or $9/tonne. --LeFrog 11:06, 26 May 2006 (UTC) 3)how does it transport the limestone
Fixing "Uses of Limestone" Image
On Thursday September 28th, 2006 I fixed the "Uses of Limestome" image at the bottom of the page to center it. The image used to be docked on the left side of the page but it was causing problems with the text below it.
Ratio of limestone to marine life
For there to be so much calcium carbonate or lime on the planet, there must of been a hell of a lot of marine life over 290 million years ago, to have all this lime all over the planet. are you sure there is not some natural chemical reaction that has formed all this excess limestone?
- Some people say Limestone can be formed two ways, by living things and by a chemical reaction. It gets a little complicated from here. I'll start off the chemical reaction, Travertine, according to wikipedia travertine is not limestone but it is Calcium Carbonate? Isn't limestone calcium carbonate too? But anyways, the point is that travertine is not as common as Limestone made by living things. When the 'living things' were actually living, almost all of the earth was covered with water so there was a lot more of them then there is today. Also, as you stated they had 290 Million years to be born and die to eventually turn into limestone. It's the same thing as Algae and Zooplankton turning into millions if not billions of gallons of Petroleum that we use today. Bear21 06:09, 5 October 2006 (UTC)Bear21
continued malicious edits in the last 24 hours
So, lots of very malicious edits to this article. It looks like the same person even though they are coming from different IPs, and they appear to be deliberately misleading. Perhaps we should start considering a semi-protect on this article. Debivort 21:54, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
- OK with me! I've never asked for that (don't know procedure), so if you want to, go for it, I guess. Cheers and thanks - Geologyguy 22:38, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
Health effects of lime dust
I am starting a job hauling burnt lime to a steel mill. It is very dirty and dusty. Are there any health issues known involving burnt lime, and the dust?
- Try the links at this Google Search. Geologyguy 16:44, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
How hard is Limestone on the Mohs scale
How hard is Limestone on the Mohs scale? I can't tell. Can anyone tell me?
- Well, as a rock rather than a mineral, it probably doesn't exhibit a single standard hardness. That said, it's hardness will largely reflect that of it's main constituent mineral, calcite: 3. Debivort 07:51, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
The page is taking quite a beating now. I've put in a request for a semi-protection. Hopefully this spate of vandalism will die down. Cheers, Debivort 19:17, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
Is it true that Limestone will explode in your stomach if you swallow it? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Crazyboy899 (talk • contribs) 11:00, 8 May 2007 (UTC).
- When you take antacids like Tums and Rolaids and generics, you are essentially eating limestone. So, no, it does not "explode" in the sense you probably mean. Geologyguy 13:00, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
- This may be a reference to mentos in coke idea. Although mentos cause cola to fizz up for different reasons, carbonates will do something similar when dropped into acid. Mythbusters did some heavy duty testing of the mentos idea by dropping packs and packs of them into a pigs stomach and then pushing bottles of coke into it with a big syringe. They eventually got it to start leaking but I think part of that was simply the force with which Adam was pushing on the syringe, and that it was now stretched to bursting with the litres of cola in it. An emergency cure for acid reflux / heart burn is to eat a teaspoon or two of bicarbonate from the kitchen, which functions in the same way as indigestion tablets but tastes foul. There is not really enough in a teaspoon, nor is the reaction quick enough, to pop a stomach prior to your burping the gas out.
- "His father was the first man to stuff spaghetti with bicarbonate of soda, thus causing and curing indigestion at the same time." Groucho Marx as Otis B. Driftwood
Limestone and Iron Ore
Question: Is limestone used in the production of iron from iron ore? Oranges91 13:00, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
- Yes. See Flux (metallurgy) and Smelting. Cheers Geologyguy 13:16, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
The link to superior cut stone maybe spam. Please respond with your comments.Bear21 02:24, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
- Promotional link posing as reference removed. Vsmith 02:43, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
Water in limestone caves
Question: When rainwater falls in limestone caves, what will the pH be - acid or alkaline? What reaction takes place? How long will it take that water to become the same pH as mineral water? Hannahdalton9 09:39, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
- Rain water is usually slightly acidic, pH something like 6.5 or 6.0 (see Rain) - water reacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form weak carbonic acid, which, over time (millions of years), is sufficient to dissolve limestone. Limestone does not crop out much in the US East, whereas it makes high resistant ridges in the US west, simply because it rains more in the east. It is not because of greater acidity, nor, until recently, because of pollution-induced acidity, but just because of greater volume of a very weak acid. When limestone dissolves, the reaction between a weak aqueous acid and calcium carbonate has the effect of increasing pH (Tums and Rolaids are basically calcium carbonate), but with new water (slightly acid) coming in all the time from rain, it would be unlikely for it to ever really completely equilibrate. I have no idea how long the process would take. Cheers Geologyguy 13:59, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
- The pH will be neutral to alkaline. When CO2 dissolves in water, it produces carbonic acid. Limestone is calcium carbonate (the product of reacting calcium with carbonic acid, so little happens when dilute carbonic acid hits limestone). Calcium carbonate is not particularly soluble in water, so it can't affect the pH of it all that much. Over time, however, or when the water is saturated with CO2, the water will react with the calcium carbonate to form BIcarbonate. This is water soluble and basic, so the pH gradually becomes alkaline. The rate at which this happens depends on numerous environmental conditions, but if this is a homework question they will probably be content with 'a long time', given that it's about geochemistry.
Types of Limestone
Expanding the article to include types of limestone would be useful. Specifically, are there characteristics of cafe pinta limestone from Colombia that make it more or less desirable as a building material? Jkw12345 (talk) 22:54, 15 March 2008 (UTC)
How much limestone sand is needed to correct a better ph level in a trout stream
I know of a trout stream that has a low ph level,the fishing is rather dead. I want to improve the aquatic environment for the long term. I find it difficult to get information in regards to this issue' Am I taking on a task beyond my abilities? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 02:58, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
- This would depend on numerous factors, such as what is in the stream that is causing it to become acidic and where it is coming from. E.g. if the acidic substance in coming from the entire catch area of the stream, you would have to balance whatever is in the entire catch area with the addition you make to the stream, which could be gigantic. Or perhaps the stream is originating from a well and table that contains acidic volcanic deposits. I would suggest you buy a data logging pH meter that is designed, or can be enclosed in a case, so it can sit out next to the stream, with the probe sat down stream. The data loggers are the best way to check things like this as the changes take a lot of time and you need to ensure you've not measured a fluke patch or event. Let it record the pH for a week or so, taking maybe ten or a hundred readings per day, then begin adding pH up - doing so at the source, or as close as possible. Prior to doing this, I would walk down the stream checking the pH along as much of it as possible. It could be that the acidic material is entering the stream from somewhere that is not the main source; as an extreme example, perhaps a farm's drain could be leaking pH down out through it's tile drain at a specific point. This would appear as a sudden rise in the pH at some point down stream of the main source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:20, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
Limestone in haunted locations???
Im researching my theory of a connection between limestone and residual hauntings.Im just wondering if there is any evidence that could help support my theory.I know there are theories of acient pottery holding sound waves.Is there any culture that made pottery from limestone?And has anyone ever herd of limestone absorbing energy or sound?sorry im just a paranormal researcher not a geogolist but i have noticed a lot of the residule activity i have seen is in limestone buildings and im just looking for answers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by JolietParanormal (talk • contribs) 01:41, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
- The idea of sounds being captured in pottery comes from the idea that potters will sometimes use a brush to polish up the sides of their wet pot before taking it off the wheel. If you think of a vinyl LP, those used to be made by digging a sharp stylus into the disc and then vibrating the stylus with a sound wave. The vibration (sounds; music / voices) would be captured in the disc by the groove cut into the surface. The same was true of early wax drum recorders, which used a stylus and a drum coated in wax to scribe the vibration into something solid. In the same way, the idea was put forward that the brush hairs of the potters brush would each act as a tiny stylus, and vibrate a tiny amount when they picked up sound from something nearby. Because the clay was wet and the hairs were leaving marks in the surface, that vibration could theoretically appear as grooves in surface; microscopically vibrating brush strokes. The pot would then be fired, capturing those marks, and so the recording, in the pot. It was suggested that, in theory, we could have dug up pots with a recording of Jesus on them from when he was walking by a potter; or other audio recordings of daily life thousands of years ago. As, whatever you believe about religion, an actual man, causing political unrest and named Jesus did exist and can be found in Roman records from the period, and we have pottery from that period and region.
- Whilst the idea is really nice (how awesome would it be if it worked and we could listen to a market from 2000 years ago!?), it is not very realistic at all, as the brush has thousands of bendy hairs on it, not one precise, rigid, sharp point. The hairs themselves would not pick up much of the surrounding noise at all. The brush would likely be in the wobbly hand of the potter, and so the vast majority of the wobbles in the lines would be from his hand. Lastly, the pot would likely warp and distort a little during handling and firing. Not to mention all the wear the surface would get once done and then buried for millennia. In short, any type of 'audio' signal on there would be, at best, horrifically distorted beyond recognition to scratches and pops.
- It is theoretically possible, I'm sure someone could produce a terrible recording using the idea in a lab with one brush hair fixed to some special mount, but it is not realistic. Mythbusters actually had a go at testing the idea in one of their episodes.
- With regards to limestone, that is deposited by nature over huge amounts of time, so no, there won't be a recording there.
- To get high tech and push the limits of the word, it would be theoretically possible to playback every single conversation and sound ever had or made on the planet, for it's entire history, provided we could calculate the interaction of every single atom over that period. For example, if we look at light from a star, we can determine lots of information about that star and it's history because the light came from that star and has not touched much in the meantime; if you hit a tennis ball towards a wall and it bounces back at you, that is a predictable event (and if you hadn't hit the ball yourself, you could take a fair guess how hard someone else had hit it based on how fast it came back from the wall). Similarly, when we speak, we cause minute but ordered changes in the air around us, and everything the air touches. For example, if you do not sneeze into your friends face one morning, that wave of air would never have hit them in the face. If you do, the wave continues to move, but becomes scrambled into the background almost instantly as the molecules bump into trillions upon trillions of other molecules and become 'random patterns'; like hitting trillions of balls at a wall all in one go and them bouncing all over the place, then trying to work out which was hit first and at what angle. The patterns are not random, but they are immensely complicated for even simple events like a sneeze and a few seconds.
- This is the same as the idea that we have all breathed at least several molecules of each other, because we breath so much and there is a limited amount of air. But in practice, trying to replay such an 'air history' recording would be a feat that would make the genome project look like nursery school play time. The amount of data and computational energy would be immense. As an example, it is orders and orders and orders of magnitude in excess of what would be needed to scan a human into digital format and teleport them from one place to another; a task which we are struggling to do with one atom, let alone an entire planets worth of them.
- You might be interested to know that when glass is broken, that smooth wave you sometimes see in the shattered edge is a 'photograph' of the wave of energy that flowed through it as it snapped.
Removed the following:
- Limestone has been found on Mars, suggesting the possible long-ago presence of liquid water containing marine life forms.
Calcium carbonate in the soil isn't limestone, even though the news blurb uses the word. And... "marine life forms"? Kinda stretching it there from WP:SYN to WP:OR, no? Vsmith (talk) 11:11, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
I think this article needs to be re-written in order to
present the subject in a simpler or more clear way.
--Encyclopedia77 16:31, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
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