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Kaolin is an important industrial mineral and geological indicator. It occurs in hydrothermal, residual and sedimentary deposits. The first two are classed as primary occurrences and the third as secondary. The physical and chemical conditions under which kaolins form are at relatively low temperatures and pressures. The most common parent rocks are granites and rhyolites and the most common parent minerals are feldspars and muscovite. The kaolin minerals are kaolinite, halloysite, dickite and nacrite and by far the most common is kaolinite.

The physical and chemical properties of kaolin determine its ultimate utilization. Some kaolins can be used as...

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