Palygorskite Attapulgite Specimen Russia Transbaikalia


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This is the palygorskite specimen with calcite. Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.8″ (11 x 7cm). Origin: Russia, Transbaikalia.

Some information about palygorskite:

Palygorskite or attapulgite is a magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate 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.

Palygorskite was first described in 1862 for a deposit at Palygorskaya on the Popovka River, Middle Urals, Permskaya Oblast, Russia.

The synonym attapulgite is derived from the U.S. town of Attapulgus, in the extreme southwest corner of the state of Georgia, where the mineral is abundant and surface-mined.

Additional information

Weight 40 g