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2011-04-25 00:00:03

Fans of mineral makeup who use the lids of their product jars to apply and mix their minerals are likely transferring oil and bacteria to their face "“ and to their original makeup container. Addressing this problem is Minerals Mate®, a new mixing and application palette for use with mineral makeup and other loose powders. It provides a secondary surface for working with foundations, blushes and other makeup treatments so users don't dip their brushes back into the powder supply or...

2011-04-06 11:33:00

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountain Titanium Corporation ("White Mountain" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: WMTM) reports that it has completed an in-fill drilling program at the Las Carolinas prospect. The program consisted of 54 diamond drill holes totalling 7,047 metres. The Company's geological staff is scheduled to complete core logging, assay and data input by the end of April at which point revisions to the Las Carolinas geologic block model and...

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2011-03-17 07:58:50

The mineral quartz may play a key role in the formation of earthquake faults, mountains, and valleys, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Nature. The research, which was led by Utah State University geophysicist Anthony Lowry and Marta Perez-Gussinye of the University of London, discovered that when high concentrations of this common mineral were found near the Earth's surface, they could create weak spots in the crust which, according to Sid Perkins of Science Now,...

2011-03-01 05:00:00

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountain Titanium Corporation ("White Mountain" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: WMTM) reports that it has received an interim environmental report from Arcadis Geotecnica ("Arcadis"), its environmental consultant, which incorporates data from the spring and summer baseline environmental monitoring field work as well as possible implications for flora, fauna and human habitation resident within or adjacent to the Cerro Blanco...

2010-12-21 10:50:00

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountain Titanium Corporation ("White Mountain" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: WMTM) reports that it has signed a contract with SGS Lakefield ("SGS") to conduct a further process development program for the recovery of high purity sodium feldspar concentrate from the Cerro Blanco Titanium Project (the "Project"). The objective of this program is to refine and optimize the sodium feldspar process flowsheet and to enhance overall...

2010-12-21 07:00:00

GONGYI, China, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. (AMEX: CHGS), a leading China-based high-tech industrial materials manufacturer producing heat resistant, energy efficient materials for a variety of industrial applications, today announced that it has received fracture proppant supply orders totaling $5.4 million from AMSAT International, a Florida-based technology company specializing in advanced ceramics. The Company will begin shipping product...

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2010-12-17 08:34:52

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford University A new method of capturing detailed, three-dimensional images of minute samples of material under extreme pressures is shedding light on the evolution of the Earth's interior. Early results suggest that the early Earth did not have to be entirely molten to separate into the rocky crust and iron-rich core it has today. Researchers at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are leading the group pioneering the technique, which could...

2010-09-02 11:24:30

Using a diamond-anvil cell to recreate the high pressures deep within the earth, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have found unusual properties in an iron-rich magnesium- and iron-oxide mineral that may explain the existence of several ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZs) at the core"“mantle boundary. A paper about their findings was published in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). ULVZs"”which were first discovered in the early 1990s...

2010-05-25 08:52:00

MINERAL WELLS, Texas, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Crazy Water, the natural mineral water sourced and bottled by Famous Mineral Water Co. in Mineral Wells, Texas, announces its expansion into more than 400 grocery store locations across the state of Texas. Among the new stores are H-E-B, Albertsons and Brookshire Brothers. Crazy Water is the only domestically bottled mineral water available in the United States and the company continues to see an increasing demand for its products. Minerals...

2010-05-20 12:22:00

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountain Titanium Corporation ("White Mountain" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: WMTM) reports that, following completion of its successful Pilot Plant program, in excess of 150 Kg of high grade, natural rutile concentrate samples have been dispatched to potential customers in North America, Asia and Europe for testing. The samples were wet screened and comprised of three grades: Standard Grade (plus 75 microns), Welding Rod...


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2005-05-26 12:17:18

Aragonite is a polymorph of the mineral calcite, both having the chemical composition CaCO3. Its structure differs from calcite and leads to a different crystal shape, an orthorhombic system with acicular crystals. By repeated twinning pseudo-hexagonal forms result. It may be columnar or fibrous, occasionally in branching stalactitic forms called flos-ferri (flowers of iron) from their association with the ores at the Carthinian iron mines. The type location for aragonite is Molina de...

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2005-05-26 12:13:03

Augite is a mafic mineral described chemically as (Ca, Na)(Mg, Fe, Al)(Al, Si)2O6 or calcium sodium magnesium iron aluminium silicate. Structurally, it is a solid solution of the pyroxene group which also contains diopside and hedenbergite. The crystals are monoclinic and prismatic. It is found in igneous rocks such as gabbros and basalts, and in metamorphic rocks from hydrothermal vents. Occasional specimens have a shiny appearance that give rise to the mineral's name, which is from the...

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2005-05-26 11:56:59

Celestite (SrSO4) is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. The mineral is also known as celestine and is named for its occasional delicate blue color. Celestite occurs as crystals, and also in compact massive and fibrous forms. It is mostly found in sedimentary rocks, often associated with the minerals gypsum, anhydrite, and halite. The mineral is found worldwide, usually in small quantities. Pale blue crystal specimens are found in Madagascar.

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2005-05-26 11:13:48

Colemanite (Ca2B6O11·5H2O) is a borate mineral found in evaporite deposits. Colemanite is a secondary mineral that forms when borax is deposited, and then regularly covered with boron containing water. The boron remains after the water evaporates, and the boron and borax eventually form other minerals as for example Colemanite. It was named after William T. Coleman (1824-1893), owner of the mine where it was first found.

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2005-05-26 10:59:49

Galena is a lead ore. This article describes Galena's mineral properties. In its chemically purified form, Galena is known as Lead Sulfide; refer to that article for chemical and industrial uses. Galena is one of the most abundant and widely distributed sulfide minerals, and is the most common ore of lead. Crystals are usually cubic, sometimes octahedral. It is often associated with the minerals sphalerite and fluorite. Galena deposits sometimes contain significant amounts of silver as an...

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