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Granitic pegmatites; storehouses of industrial minerals

Alexander S. Glover, William Z. Rogers and James E. Barton
Granitic pegmatites; storehouses of industrial minerals
Elements (August 2012) 8 (4): 269-273


Granitic pegmatites are mined for feldspar, quartz, mica, lithium aluminosilicate minerals, and kaolin. These industrial minerals have a myriad of uses, some as mundane as glasses, porcelains, and bulk fillers, and others that are critical to the most advanced electronic devices. The chemical fractionation that produces pegmatites refines these industrial minerals to a purity that is not achieved in other geologic environments. The high chemical purity of their constituents and the fact that they contain nearly 100% of minable rock make large granitic pegmatites some of the most valuable sources of industrial minerals.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 8
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Granitic pegmatites; storehouses of industrial minerals
Affiliation: Active Minerals International, Eatonton, GA, United States
Pages: 269-273
Published: 201208
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 11
Accession Number: 2012-090441
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrologyEconomic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: NYCO Minerals, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America
Update Code: 201247
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