Sepiolite from Kramat Pulai, Perak

Author : Aw Peck Chin
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 189-200
Volume Number : 26
Year : 1990

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 26, April 1990, pp. 189 – 200

Sepiolite from Kramat Pulai, Perak


Geological Survey of Malaysia, Ipoh


Abstract: Meerschaum (sepiolite), believed to be the first reported occurrence in Malaysia, is studied by chemical, DTA, optical and X-ray methods. It occurs as a white fibrous mineral in the forms of stringers, veins and films along irregular fractures in the marble host rock from an abandoned quarry. Although meerschaum is a high value industrial mineral, used for making smoking pipes and cigarette holders, this occurrence is too small to warrant any serious investigation. However, the quarry operators in the area should be made known of its possible economic importance for two reasons. Firstly big veins may be profitably exploited. Secondly it is a source of magnesium contamination for high-calcium limestone users. The reported meerschaum is believed to be formed by hydrothermal activity.