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Mineral resource of the month: diatomite

January 1, 2006

Diatomite is a soft, very fine-grained, siliceous sedimentary rock that is usually very light grey or beige in color. It is very finely porous, very low in density and essentially chemically inert. Rocks containing diatomite are excellent reservoir rocks for hydrocarbons.

Publication Year 2006
Title Mineral resource of the month: diatomite
Authors Alan Founie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70045840
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center