Geological Occurrence of Phyllosilicates. Application to Kaolinite, Talc, Sepiolite and Palygorskite Deposits

  • Alain Meunier
  • Jean-Hugues Thomassin
  • Alain Decarreau
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Industrial names of natural materials do not designate well defined mineralogical species even when these products are as purified as possible. A simple name like “kaolinite” or “talc” hides a wide variety of crystalline state, chemical composition and associated impurities. These characteristics mostly depend on the physicochemical conditions which prevailed during the genesis of these materials in natural environments. In other words, kaolinite or talc are known to have noticeable differences in chemical composition and crystalline state when they originate in supergene, hydrothermal or metamorphic conditions. Associated minerals are also different: the supergene environment favours the formation of expandable clay minerals, carbonates and iron oxy-hydroxides while the hydrothermal one favours the growth of less expandable clay minerals, silicates, carbonates and sulphides. This is the main reason why the commercialized natural products must be carefully studied on a petrological and mineralogical point of view in order to control their effects on human environments.


Clay Mineral Ultrabasic Rock Natural Occurences Magnesian Silicate Economic Deposit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Meunier
    • 1
  • Jean-Hugues Thomassin
    • 1
  • Alain Decarreau
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Pétrologie des Altérations HydrothermalesUniversitéde PoitiersFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Pétrologie de la SurfaceUniversitéde PoitiersPoitiers CedexFrance

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