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Mineral resource of the month: magnesium

January 1, 2012

Magnesium is the eighthmost abundant element in Earth’s crust, and the second-most abundant metal ion in seawater. Although magnesium is found in more than 60 minerals, only brucite, dolomite, magnesite and carnallite are commercially important for their magnesium content. Magnesium and its compounds also are recovered from seawater, brines found in lakes and wells, and bitterns (salts).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Mineral resource of the month: magnesium
Authors Deborah A. Kramer
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth
Series Number
Index ID 70044841
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center