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Mineral quantification in sepiolite-palygorskite deposits using X-ray diffraction and chemical data

  • A. Lopez Galindo (a1), J. Torres Ruiz (a2) and J. M. Gonzalez Lopez (a3)


A quantification technique useful in analysis of clay-rich deposits containing sepiolite and/or palygorskite has been developed by combining diffractometric and chemical data and represents a considerable improvement on classic quantification based on X-ray diffraction. The required data are: intensity ratios between certain diffraction peaks of calcite-dolomite and sepiolite-palygorskite-smectites, and also the CaO, MgO, K2O, Al2O3 and SiO2 contents. The validity of this method was tested by analysis of artificial mixtures of pure phases of the minerals found in such deposits.



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Mineral quantification in sepiolite-palygorskite deposits using X-ray diffraction and chemical data

  • A. Lopez Galindo (a1), J. Torres Ruiz (a2) and J. M. Gonzalez Lopez (a3)


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