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Heavy Minerals

Zirconium and hafnium are part of the heavy minerals group and they are curious elements because they are almost found together in nature. Most commonly they form as the silicate sometimes containing iron, calcium, manganese, and other elements. Less commonly they are found as oxides in combination with titanium, thorium, calcium and iron.

 

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Kaolin

Kaolin is white, soft, plastic clay mainly composed of the fine grained platy mineral kaolinite; a white hydrous aluminum silicate, Al2Si2O5(OH)4, containing 23.5% alumina, 46.5% silica, and 14% water. It is soft, with a moderate refractive index of 1.56, and occurs as extremely small hexagonal-shaped crystals of micron and submicron size.

 

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Oil Shale

The Jordanian Oil Shale is kerogen-rich, bituminous, argillaceous limestone that was deposited in shallow marine during the Maestrichtian-Danian periods. The origin of the kerogen is the dead plants and animals that found in the ancient seas and lakes during the Upper Cretaceous period and after the burial process, heat and the pressure which caused the change from organic matter to kerogen.

 

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