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Mineral / Industrial Mineral / Palygorskite or attapulgite / Bentonite / Talc / Calcium Carbonate / Aluminium Silicate / Kaolinite / Drinking Water, AS/ F /FE / PB

Crystals of serandite, natrolite, analcime, and aegirine from Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.

A mineral is, broadly speaking, a solid chemical compound that occurs naturally in pure form.[1] Minerals are most commonly associated with rocks due to the presence of minerals within rocks.[2] These rocks may consist of one type of mineral, or may be an aggregate of two or more different types of minerals, spacially segregated into distinct phases. Compounds that occur only in living beings are usually excluded, but some minerals are often biogenic (such as calcite) or are organic compounds in the sense of chemistry (such as mellite). Moreover, living beings often synthesize inorganic minerals (such as hydroxylapatite) that also occur in rocks.
Mineralogy[n 1] is a subject of geology specializing in the scientific study of the chemistry, crystal structure, and physical (including optical) properties of minerals and mineralized artifacts. Specific studies within mineralogy include the processes of mineral origin and formation, classification of minerals, their geographical distribution, as well as their utilization.

Mineralogy is a mixture of chemistry, materials science, physics and geology..

Industrial resources (minerals) are geological materials which are mined for their commercial value, which are not fuel (fuel minerals or mineral fuels) and are not sources of metals (metallic minerals) but are used in the industries based on their physical and/or chemical properties.[1] They are used in their natural state or after beneficiation either as raw materials or as additives in a wide range of applications.

Typical examples of industrial rocks and minerals are limestoneclayssandgraveldiatomitekaolinbentonitesilicabaritegypsum, and talc. Some examples of applications for industrial minerals are constructionceramicspaintselectronicsfiltrationplasticsglassdetergents and paper.

In some cases, even organic materials (peat) and industrial products or by-products (cementslagsilica fume) are categorized under industrial minerals, as well as metallic compounds mainly utilized in non-metallic form (as an example most titanium is utilized as an oxide TiO2 rather than Ti metal).

The evaluation of raw materials to determine their suitability for use as industrial minerals requires technical test-work, mineral processing trials and end-product evaluation; free to download evaluation manuals are available for the following industrial minerals: limestone, flake graphitediatomitekaolinbentonite and construction materials. These are available from the British Geological Survey external link 'Industrial Minerals in BGS' with regular industry news and reports published in Industrial Minerals magazine.

Palygorskite or attapulgite is a magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate with formula (Mg,Al)2Si4O10(OH)·4(H2O) that occurs in a type of clay soil common to the Southeastern United States. It is one of the types of fuller's earth. Some smaller deposits of this mineral can be found in Mexico, where its use is tied to the manufacture of Maya blue in pre-Columbian times.

Gel-grade, dry-processed attapulgites are used in a very wide range of applications for suspension, reinforcement, and binding properties. Paints, sealants, adhesives, tape-joint compound, catalysts, suspension fertilizers, wild-fire suppressants, foundry coatings, animal feed suspensions, and molecular sieve binders are just a few uses of dry-process attapulgite.

7% - 10% attapulgite clay mixed with the eutectic salt, sodium sulfate decahydrate (Glaubers salt),  keeps anhydrous crystals suspended in the solution, where they hydrate during phase transition and hence contribute to the heat absorbed and released when Glaubers salt is used for heat storage.

Attapulgite is used widely in medicine. Taken by mouth, it physically binds to acids and toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract. Also, as an antidiarrheal, it was believed to work by adsorbing the diarrheal pathogen. For this reason, it has been used in several antidiarrheal medications, including Diar-AidDiarrestDiasorbDiatabsDiatrolDonnagelKaopekK-PekParepectolin, and Rheaban.[6] It has been used for decades to treat diarrhea.

A sample of palygorskite

Bentonite (volcanic ash) from Wyoming
Bentonite (/ˈbɛntənʌɪt/)[1] is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. One of the first occurrences of bentonite was found in the Cretaceous Benton Shale near Rock River, Wyoming. The Fort Benton Group, along with others in stratigraphic succession, was named after Fort Benton, Montana in the mid-19th century by Fielding Bradford Meek and F. V. Hayden of the U.S. Geological Survey.[2].

Bentonite has been prescribed as a bulk laxative, and it is also used as a base for many dermatologic formulas.[11] Granular bentonite is being studied for use in battlefield wound dressings.[12] Bentonite is also sold online and in retail outlets for a variety of indications.[13]

Bentoquatam is a bentonate-based topical medication intended to act as a shield against exposure to urushiol, the oil found in plants such as poison ivy or poison oak.[14]

Bentonite can also be used as a desiccant due to its adsorption properties. Bentonite desiccants have been successfully used to protect pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and diagnostic products from moisture degradation and extend shelf life. In fact, in the most common package environments, bentonite desiccants offer a higher adsorption capacity than silica gel desiccants. Bentonite complies with the FDA for contact with food and drugs.


Talc is a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. Talc in powdered form, often in combination with corn starch, is widely used as baby powder. This mineral is used as a thickening agent and lubricant, is an ingredient in ceramics, paint and roofing material, and is also one of the main ingredients in many cosmetic products.[5] It occurs as foliated to fibrous masses, and in an exceptionally rare crystal form. It has a perfect basal cleavage, uneven flat fracture and it is foliated with a two dimensional platy form..
Talc is used in many industries, including paper making, plastic, paint and coatings, rubber, food, electric cable, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and ceramics. A coarse grayish-green high-talc rock is soapstone or steatite, used for stoves, sinks, electrical switchboards, etc. It is often used for surfaces of laboratory table tops and electrical switchboards because of its resistance to heat, electricity and acids. In finely ground form, talc finds use as a cosmetic (talcum powder), as a lubricant, and as a filler in paper manufacture. It is used to coat the insides of inner tubes and rubber gloves during manufacture to keep the surfaces from sticking. Talcum powder, with heavy refinement, has been used in baby powder, an astringent powder used to prevent diaper rash.

The structure of talc is composed of Si2O5 sheets with magnesium sandwiched between sheets in octahedral sites.

Surface precipitation of CaCO3 as tufa in Rubaksa, Ethiopia
Calcium carbonate is a chemical compound with the formula CaCO3. It is a common substance found in rocks as the minerals calcite and aragonite (most notably as limestone, which is a type of sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcite) and is the main component of pearls and the shells of marine organismssnails, and eggs. Calcium carbonate is the active ingredient in agricultural lime and is created when calcium ions in hard water react with carbonate ions to create limescale. It is medicinally used as a calcium supplement or as an antacid, but excessive consumption can be hazardous and cause poor digestion.
Calcium carbonate is widely used medicinally as an inexpensive dietary calcium supplement for gastric antacid[33] (such as Tums). It may be used as a phosphate binder for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (primarily in patients with chronic renal failure). It is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an inert filler for tablets and other pharmaceuticals.[34]

Aluminium silicate (or aluminum silicate) is a name commonly applied to chemical compounds which are derived from aluminium oxide, Al2O3 and silicon dioxide, SiO2 which may be anhydrous or hydrated, naturally occurring as minerals or synthetic. Their chemical formulae are often expressed as xAl2O3.ySiO2.zH2O. It is known as E number E559.
Aluminium silicate is a type of fibrous material made of aluminium oxide and silicon dioxide, (such materials are also called aluminosilicate fibres). These are glassy solid solutions rather than chemical compounds. The compositions are often described in terms of % weight of alumina, Al2O3 and silica, SiO2. Temperature resistance increases as the % alumina increases. These fibrous materials can be encountered as loose wool, blanket, felt, paper or boards.[4]

Phase diagram of Al2SiO5

Kaolinite structure, showing the interlayer hydrogen bonds

Kaolinite (/ˈkeɪəlɪnaɪt/)[4][5] is a clay mineral, part of the group of industrial minerals with the chemical composition Al2Si2O5(OH)4. It is a layered silicate mineral, with one tetrahedral sheet of silica (SiO4) linked through oxygen atoms to one octahedral sheet of alumina (AlO
6) octahedra.[6] Rocks that are rich in kaolinite are known as kaolin /ˈkeɪəlɪn/ or china clay.[7].

Kaolin is also known for its capabilities to induce and accelerate blood clotting. In April 2008 the US Naval Medical Research Institute announced the successful use of a kaolinite-derived aluminosilicate infusion in traditional gauze, known commercially as QuikClot Combat Gauze,
 which is still the hemostat of choice for all branches of the US military.

  • to soothe an upset stomach, similar to the way parrots (and later, humans) in South America originally used it[53] (more recently, industrially-produced kaolinite preparations were common for treatment of diarrhea; the most common of these was Kaopectate, which abandoned the use of kaolin in favor of attapulgite and then (in the United States) bismuth subsalicylate (the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol))
  • for facial masks or soap (known as "White Clay")
  • as adsorbents in water and wastewater treatment[54]

Drinking water, also known as potable water, is water that is safe to drink or to use for food preparation. The amount of drinking water required to maintain good health varies, and depends on physical activity level, age, health-related issues, and environmental conditions.[1] Americans, on average, drink one litre of water per day and 95% drink less than three litres per day.[2] For those who work in a hot climate, up to 16 litres a day may be required.[1].

Sixty million people are estimated to have been poisoned by well water contaminated by excessive fluoride, which dissolved from granite rocks. The effects are particularly evident in the bone deformations of children. Similar or larger problems are anticipated in other countries including China, Uzbekistan, and Ethiopia. Although helpful for dental health in low dosage, fluoride in large amounts interferes with bone formation.[47]

Half of Bangladesh's 12 million tube wells contain unacceptable levels of arsenic due to the wells not dug deep enough (past 100 metres). The Bangladeshi government had spent less than US$7 million of the 34 million allocated for solving the problem by the World Bank in 1998.[47][48] Natural arsenic poisoning is a global threat with 140 million people affected in 70 countries globally.[49] These examples illustrate the need to examine each location on a case by case basis and not assume what works in one area will work in another.

In 2008, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag, developed a method by which hazard maps could be produced for geogenic toxic substances in groundwater.[50][51][52][53] This provides an efficient way of determining which wells should be tested.

Tap water is drinking water supplied through indoor plumbing for home use

Taiwan Amends Drinking Water
Quality Standard
Drinking water quality standards describes the quality parameters set for drinking water. Despite the truth that every human on this planet needs drinking water to survive and that water may contain many harmful constituents, there are no universally recognized and accepted international standards for drinking water.[1] Even where standards do exist, and are applied, the permitted concentration of individual constituents may vary by as much as ten times from one set of standards to another.

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Attapulgite is a puried native hydrated magnesium aluminium silicate consisting of the clay mineral Palygorskite. It is used widely in oral medications especially antidiarrheal medications as it absorbs the bacteria or germ causing diarrhoea. Attapulgite acts as abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, binder, bulking agent and viscosity increasing agent which helps in making high quality cosmetics products.

Pharmaceutical Applications
        Anti-Diarrhoea tablets
        Anti-Diarrhoea suspension
        Mycotoxin & Aatoxin Binders

        PRIME – A ( Activated )
        PRIME – C ( Colloidal )
        PRIME – TOX ( Animal Nutrition )

Cosmetics Applications

        Lotion and creams
        Liquid soaps
        High quality cosmetics
        Bulking and viscosity agent


        PRIME– CARE


Bentonite is native colloidal hydrated aluminium silicate consisting mainly of montmorillonite. Bentonite is typically included in formulas because of its absorbency. The clay consists of very tiny akes with small amounts of space in between. These small spaces readily accept uids. Once the clay has pulled these liquids into the spaces, it retains them. This property makes it very useful for absorbing oil from the complexion.

Pharmaceutical Applications

        Topical & oral preparations
        Formulation of suspensions and gels
        Aqueous preparation
        Cream bases
        Antidote in heavy metal poisoning

        BENTAPRO – C

Cosmetic Applications
        Mud packs
        Calamine lotions
        Baby powders & Face cream
        Skin Care & Hair Care
        Protective creams
        Wet compresses
        Anti-irritants for eczema

        BENTA CARE –S
        BENTA CARE – C


Talc is a puried hydrated magnesium silicate widely used as a dissolution retardant in the development of controlled release products. Talc is also used as a lubricant in tablet formulations in a novel powder coating for extended-release pellets and as an adsorbent. Talc is additionally used to clarify liquids and is also used in cosmetics and food products mainly for its lubricant properties.

Pharmaceutical Applications
        Dusting Powder
        Excipient & Filler for pills, tablets|
        Anticaking & Lubricant
        Dusting tablet moulds

        PRO TALC – 96
        PRO TALC – 88
        PRO TALC – C ( Custom  )

Cosmetic Applications
        Blushers, Eye shadows & compact powders
        Talcum Powder


        TALCARE – 96
        TALCARE – 88
        TALCARE – C ( Custom )


Calcium carbonate  used as a calcium supplement  or as an antacid in Pharmaceuticalapplications.
It is a natural ingredient bringing multiple benets to color cosmetics and skincare products. They are produced under clean and controlled manufacturing conditions compliant with international regulatory standards.

Pharmaceutical Applications
      Base for medicated dental preparations
      Bffering agent
      Calcium Supplement
      Dissolution aid in tablets
      Dry binder
      Excipient as diluent

      Pro CAL – L ( Light )
      Pro CAL – H ( Heavy )
      Pro CAL – C ( Custom )

Cosmetic Applications
      Oral care
      Skin care and hair care applications
      Colour cosmetics

      CALCARE – R ( Regular )
      CALCARE – T ( Toothpaste )
      CALCARE – C ( Custom )


Magnesium aluminium silicate is an off-white powder used in the pharmaceutical  manufacturing process as an absorbent and anticaking agent.
It is a naturally occurring mineral derived from rened and puried clay that is used primarily as a thickener in cosmetics and beauty products.
The viscosity of aqueous dispersions may be greatly increased by combination with other suspending agents.

Pharmaceutical Applications
        Opacifying agent
        Anticaking agent
        Slip modier
        Viscosity agent.
        Tablet making

        MAS PRO

Cosmetic Applications
        Pressed eye shadows
        Hair conditioners
        Filler in deodorants
        Shaving creams
        Thick lotions

        C – MAS


Kaolin is a naturally occurring mineral used in oral and topical pharmaceutical formulations and is generally regarded as an essentially non-toxic and non-irritant material. Due to its origins in Chinese clay mixtures, it is sometimes referred to as China clay.
It is used in various facial products and treatments. It has been specially designed for formulations where bacteria control, purity and high whiteness are required.

Pharmaceutical Applications
      Anti-Diarrhoea tablets
      Anti-Diarrhoea suspension
      Emollient and drying agent

      KALPRO – L ( Light )
      KALPRO – H ( Heavy )

Cosmetic Applications
      Texturizing & mattifying agent
      Face creams
      Hair care products
      Pressed powders
      Liquid foundations


      KAYCARE – L ( Light )
      KAYCARE – H ( Heavy )




This is a revolutionary mineral based media for removal of Arsenic from drinking water. This media is robust and can deal with high level of Arsenic with variable feed characteristics. It is easy to operate and can be used in POU & POE systems.

This media is based on Mineral Modification Technology. It is formulated to adsorb high level of Fluoride from ground & surface water. It can also be used in conjuncture for pre existing filters. This robust media gives 99% efficiency in removal and gives high treatable volume compared to other chemically induced technologies.



This media is a revolutionary mineral based media for removal of Iron from drinking water. This media works on precipitation and can remove iron from ground water without additional set up. It can be used in conjuncture with preexisting filters. It contains no chemical additives and can work efficiently with inconsistent feed characteristics. It can be used for POE & POU systems in column application.

This media is a new variant of MetaCIL for removal of Lead from drinking water. This media caters to lead in Ground & surface water, and can bring it down to permissible limits by simple column adsorption technique. This mineral is formulated to give maximum adsorption efficiency & high treatable volume. It is a simple column based application which is cost efficient & easy to operate. Can be used in conjuncture with pre existing set ups for Households and community.


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