Zeolite Resources in Wyoming

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Publication Year: 

2016

Abstract: 

Natural zeolites comprise a group of industrial minerals with a diverse range of applications. The unique characteristics of zeolites make them useful in a long list of applications, including agriculture, hazardous waste containment, odor control, water and air purification, cement manufacturing, and many specialized uses. These minerals present a development opportunity for Wyoming because (1) Wyoming hosts deposits of natural zeolites in minable quantities, (2) most zeolites currently used by industry are synthetic and therefore more costly to utilize than natural zeolites, and (3) the utility of zeolites is expanding in a variety of areas and continues to prove useful as new applications are demonstrated. While synthetic zeolites can be made with greater phase purity and uniformity, many applications do not require such high standards and thus make natural zeolites more attractive given their lower production costs.

Document Type: 

  • Report

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  • critical issues, database publication, wyoming, industrial minerals