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Mineral Information on:
kaolinite

Chemical Group:    silicate

Chemical Formula:   
Al2Si2O5(OH)4

Color:  white, gray, brown                  Streak:  white

 

Hardness:  2         Specific Gravity:  2.6                 Fracture:

Cleavage:  present, but almost impossible to detect because of tiny crystal size.

 

Crystal Forms and Habits:  Triclinic system
     Kaolinite always occurs in clayey masses.

Mineral Associations:

Identifying Characteristics:

Uses:  ceramics, filler in paper

Occurrences:  Georgia, North Carolina 

Toxicity:      when-swallowed-                            when inhaled-

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