Geology of bauxite

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Bauxite occurs in three main forms depending on both the number of molecules of water of hydration and the crystalline structure. The three structural forms of bauxite are Gibbsite, Böhmite and Diaspore. Gibbsite is a true aluminium hydroxide and Böhmite and Diaspore are both aluminium-oxide-hydroxides.

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Geology of bauxiteCompositionBauxite occurs in three main forms depending on both the number of molecules of water of hydration and the crystalline structure. The three structural forms of bauxite are Gibbsite, Bhmite and Diaspore.Gibbsite is a true aluminium hydroxide and Bhmite and Diaspore are both aluminium-oxide-hydroxides. The main difference between the latter two is that Diaspore has a different crystalline structure to Bhmite, and requires even higher temperatures for rapid dehydration. As can be seen from the table below Gibbsite exists in trihydrate form and the latter t

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