Zeolite-rich volcanic tuffs are widely distributed in almost every country of the world, where they are present in low-, medium-, or high-grade million-ton deposits. Even though the formation of the zeolite minerals may have followed different genetic paths, the zeolitic rocks have in common a matrix of finely crystalline zeolite that cements the other nonzeolitic particles and is responsible for the overall mechanical properties of the material. Zeolitic tuffs have been employed since pre-historic times in construction, mostly as dimension stone. This use is still the most common of natural zeolites in the building industry, although other applications have recently...

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