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May 5, 2018 Weekly Geology Guest, Potassium

May 5, 2018
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Lepidolite Mala.
>    Always something for the Geologic Rock Hound.

Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potash

Potash (/ˈpɒtæʃ/) is any of various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form.

Potash is produced worldwide at amounts exceeding 60 million tonnes (40 million tonnes K2O equivalent) per year, mostly for use in fertilizers.

All commercial potash deposits come originally from evaporite deposits and are often buried deep below the earth’s surface.

In addition to its use as a fertilizer, potassium chloride is important in many industrialized economies, where it is used in aluminium recycling, by the chloralkali industry to produce potassium hydroxide, in metal electroplating, oil-well drilling fluid, snow and ice melting, steel heat-treating, in medicine as a treatment for hypokalemia, and water softening.

Potash evaporation ponds near Moab, Utah

Potassium Mineral (Sylvite?)
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Sylvite, Potassium Chloride
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Images of Potassium Feldspars.
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Microcline K Feldspar
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Lepidolite.  Potassium bearing mica.
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Microcline.  Potassium, Aluminum, Silicate, Feldspar
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Potassium Dichromate Crystals (natural)
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Underground Potash Mining.
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Yes, Humans do mine this stuff underground, even Russians.
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Our next industrial mineral challenge will be

Enjoy the adventure!

 

Thanks,

 

 

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