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U.S. talc; baby powder and much more

Fact Sheet 065-00

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Abstract

When most people think of talc, they probably envision talcum and baby powder. Since talc is very soft and easily carved, one might also think of sculptures in soapstone (massive talc). In fact, these uses of talc are quite minor compared to its wide variety of applications in manufacturing and agriculture. High-quality (pure) talc has many physical and chemical properties favorable for its use, such as its softness, purity, fragrance retention, whiteness, luster, moisture content, oil and grease adsorption, chemical inertness, low electrical conductivity, high dielectric strength, and high thermal conductivity (Virta, 1998).

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
U.S. talc; baby powder and much more
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
065-00
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
1 sheet