Zeolites (Greek, zein, "to boil"; lithos, "a stone") are hydrated aluminosilicate
minerals and have a micro-porous structure.
The term was originally coined in the 18th century by a Swedish mineralogist
named Axel Fredrik Cronstedt who observed, upon rapidly heating a natural
mineral, that the stones began to dance about as the water evaporated. Using the
Greek words which mean "stone that boils," he called this material zeolite.
What is ZEOLITE?
Natural Zeolites were formed from ancient volcanic ash flows settling in neighboring seas and
lakes. A crystalline, porous alumina-silicate, Zeolite has the capacity to exchange selective
ions with a unique interconnecting lattice structure. This unique group of naturally-occurring minerals has
important basic physical and chemical properties and is often referred to as 'molecular sieves'. This
structure is arranged in such a way that a honeycomb framework of a consistent diameter of interconnecting
channels and pores is formed. The negatively charged alumina and neutrally charged silica tetrahedral
building blocks are stacked to produce the open three-dimensional honeycomb framework. As a result
of the unique structure,they are capable of physical and chemical properties suitable for wide-range
industrial and commercial applications and are able to attract odors and gases and trap them safely
and effectively in its crystalline structure. Zeolites simply lock & hold many positive ions, absorb a
multitude of environmental contaminants and also serve as a catalyst for various processes.
Because of Zeolite's molecular composition, it has an incredible absorbent ability. As a
result, people are constantly developing new applications for the use of Zeolite and it is
emerging as one of the most useful minerals being excavated today
First known uses of Zeolite can be traced back to the B.C.E. when the Roman's employed the mineral in
their aqua ducts Zeolite was not discovered in the USA until the 1950's. In the 1970's it was used in the
treating of wastewater ammonia and radioactive material. As the mineral's amazing filtration ability
became more known, people started using it in pools in Europe and the USA. Since the
1980's Zeolite has been identified for use in many different applications and as such
has become a very valuable commodity.
Zeolite is a natural, inert non-toxic substance that is federally classified as
GRAS (generally regarded as safe) in most applications and exempted from
most regulations and reporting when used in accordance with good agricultural
practice and when comprising less than 2% in animal feed products (40 CFR,
Part 181.1001 and elsewhere).
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