Chemicals from Limestone

  • Philip J. Chenier
Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)


The next major raw material for which we discuss the derived chemicals is calcium carbonate, common limestone. It is the source of some carbon dioxide, but, more importantly, it is used to make lime (calcium oxide) and slaked lime (calcium hydroxide). Limestone, together with salt and ammonia, are the ingredients for the Solvay manufacture of sodium carbonate, soda ash. Soda ash is also mined directly from trona ore. The Solvay process manufactures calcium chloride as an important by-product. Soda ash in turn is combined with sand to produce sodium silicates to complete the chemicals in the top 50 that are derived from limestone. Since lime is the highest-ranking derivative of limestone in terms of total amount produced, we discuss it first. Refer to Fig. 2.1, Chapter 2, Section 1, for a diagram of limestone derivatives.


Dioxide Magnesium Silicate Sodium Chloride Rubber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip J. Chenier
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin—Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA

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