Mineralsoccur naturally in the environment and are formed through aninorganic process in which the chemical composition is definite. Theinternal structure of minerals is considered to be orderly arrangedin a pattern that is systematic and repeating (Manke, 2013). Talc isone of the vital minerals used in many industries today. It’schemical and physical features are unique and vary depending on theparent rock. Some of the primary properties of this mineral includeits stability in high temperatures, resistance to heat, chemicalinertness, elasticity, lamellarity, organophilic capabilities, a poorconductor of electricity and hydrophobicity. Talc is found to existin numerous colors however, it commonly exists as a light-greencolor or in some instances, its white in color. Its texture isgreasy, hence often referred to as soapstone. In the United States,it is often mined using open-pit techniques (King, 2017). The primaryobjective of this paper is to identify the industrial uses of talc,including the provision of specific examples and also provide adescription of the formation process of the mineral.
Talchas numerous applications in the industrial sector. It is widely usedin the paper industry where it is mixed with pulp to make the endproduct. Organic fibers are put together to form a pulp followed bythe addition of mineral matter which is finely ground with theprimary purpose of acting as a filler. Thin sheets are obtained as aresult of the pulp being rolled, thus allowing the mineral matter tofill the spaces between the pulp fibers. This enables the paper tohave a smoother writing surface. Talc is mainly used as a filler toincrease the whiteness of the paper, in addition to improving itsopacity and smoothness. Furthermore, it enhances the ability of thepaper to absorb ink. Some of the specific examples where the paper isused include, packaging, writing and printing purposes (King, 2017).Talc is also widely utilized in the ceramic industry for glazingpurposes, thus making ceramics to have a shiny appearance and theirdifferent shapes. The ceramic wall tiles are primarily made up oftalc. In the construction industry, this mineral is used for themanufacture of paints and asphalt roofing. Other examples of itsapplications in this industry include a textile filler, rubber, andgum dusting. Electrical insulations, porcelain, dinnerware and tilesare also made using talc. Other different general articles are alsomanufactured using talc, some of these include pill coating, soap,cosmetics, and powder. It also improves the properties of plastic toenable it to make it heat and chemical resistant (King, 2017). Theseproperties include stiffness, tensile strength, and hardness.Manufacturers of electrical devices use talc in their products due toits ability to reduce the loss of energy from these devices. In therubber industry, it is applied to prevent stickiness and giving itthe capacity to bounce easily. Additionally, it makes the rubberhoses used in automobiles to be less permeable. In the textileindustry, it is employed in the loading process and bleaching ofcertain kinds of cotton products. Most factories, schools, andlaboratories use talc for their countertops due to its resistance tochemicals and acids.
Theformation of talc occurs through various ways. One of the waysinvolves the process whereby the carbonate sediments undergometamorphosis. Alternatively, the magnesium-rich magmatic rocks arealtered through a hydrothermal process. Talc carbonates are producedin the carbonation process where water and carbon dioxide have to bepresent. Other reactions which result in the formation of talcinclude that between silica and dolomite, and also quartz andmagnesium chlorite (King, 2017). In conclusion, it is clearly evidentthat minerals as a whole play a significant role in global economicdevelopment. Their applications have led to the development ofdifferent products that have eased the lives of human beings.
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