Mohave County, Arizona: kaolinite mining site
Kaolinite or Klannerite is the trade name for a deposit of highly altered bedrock ("clay") on 80 acres of NZ's mineral estate in Mohave County. The clay has industrial value for white cement and high strength concrete.
The ore deposit (Viva Luz Mine) is located in Mohave County, Arizona, surrounded by Bureau of Land Management land in the Warm Springs Wilderness Area.
Klannerite is a hydrothermally altered tuff; alteration has produced a very pure, white rock consisting of cristobalite, kaolinite, tridymite, and quartz. The ultrafine grain size plus metastable nature of the mineralogy creates, after thermal activation, a high quality reactive pozzolan. Geologic mapping has identified 3 types of Klannerite: K-1, very pure and white; K-2, slightly off color breccia of the same mineralogy; K-3, a rock with more clay minerals.
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