Diatoms are some of the oldest plants in the world. They date back millions of years. As these plants decayed over the years, they left behind chalky deposits called diatomite. To create diatomaceous earth, manufacturers harvest diatomite and fossilized diatoms in order to make a substance that looks and feels like talcum powder.
11/95 Diatomite Processing 11.22 1 11.22 Diatomite Processing 11.22.1 Process Description1 2 Diatomite is a chalky, sedimentary rock consisting mainly of an accumulation of skeletons remaining from prehistoric diatoms, which are single celled, microscopic aquatic plants. The skeletons
Greenvale Silicon Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Agripower Australia . The client owns the mining rights to the worlds largest freshwater deposit of diatomaceous earth located approximately 130 kms north of Greenvale in North Queensland. Due to increasing world demand for superior silicon fertilisers and soil amendments Agripower have invested in a new 240,000 tonnes p/a processing plant in Charters Towers North Queensland as the first part of the overall strategy in producing in excess of 1 million tonnes per year.
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on trucks and transported to the mill or to stockpiles. Figure 1 shows a typical process flow diagram for diatomite processing. The processing of uncalcined or natural grade diatomite consists of crushing and drying. Crude diatomite commonly contains as much as 40 percent moisture, and in many cases contains over 60 percent.
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The mining and processing of diatomite is delicate and complicated. It requires large processing facilities and heavy earth moving equipment. To minimize costs, diatomite is usually mined in open pit, surface mines . In surface mining, a considerable thickness of earth, known as overburden, may have to be removed.