Minerals (Category A)

Vermiculite

Vermiculite is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral. It undergoes significant expansion when heated. Exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated sufficiently, and the effect is routinely produced in commercial furnaces. Vermiculite is formed by weathering or hydrothermal alteration of biotite or phlogopite.[2] Large commercial vermiculite mines currently exist in Russia, South Africa, China, and Brazil.

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