Bauxite, an aluminum ore, is the world's main source of aluminum. It consists mostly of the minerals gibbsite Al(OH)3, boehmite γ-AlO(OH) and diaspora α-AlO(OH), mixed with the two iron oxides goethite and haematite, the clay mineral kaolinite and small amounts of anatase TiO2, Ilmenite, FeTiO3, and FeO TiO2.
Physical Properties of Bauxite Chemical Classification Color white, gray, sometimes stained yellow, orange red, pink, brown or yellow by iron or included iron minerals Streak usually white but iron stain can discolor Luster dull, earthy Diaphaneity opaque Cleavage none Mohs Hardness 1 to 3 Specific Gravity 2 to 2.5 Diagnostic Properties often exhibits pisolitic structure, color Chemical Composition variable but always rich in aluminum oxides and aluminum hydroxides Crystal System n/a Uses primary ore of aluminum, also used as an abrasive
USES OF BAUXITE
Bauxite Used for Aluminum Production Use of Bauxite as an Abrasive Use of Bauxite as a Proppant