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Al(OH)3 A white or tinted mineral, crystallizing in the monoclinic system; a principal constituent of bauxite. Also known as hydrargillite.
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(also hydrargillite), a mineral with the chemical composition Al[OH]3. It contains 65.4 percent alumina (A1203); admixtures of Fe3+ and Ga3+ that replace Al3+ in the structure are known. Gibbsite crystallizes in a monoclinic system. Its crystalline structure is of the layer type and consists of bifoliate (OH) packets, in the midst of which Al3+ ions are distributed. Good cleavage occurs along weak interpacket bonds. Gibbsite forms small laminar crystalline particles, usually colorless with a pearly luster, as well as powdery aggregates and incrustations with a radiated or imbricate microstructure. Its hardness on the mineralogical scale is 2.5-3.5; its density is 2,300-2,400 kg/m3. It usually forms upon weathering of alumina-rich rocks. Together with the other hydroxides of aluminum (diaspore and boehmite) and iron, gibbsite is found in bauxite ores. Gibbsite bauxites are among the best aluminum ores.

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A great deal of effort has been expended in intensifying gibbsite precipitation from sodium aluminate liquor and progress has been achieved.
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The first weight loss of 12.51% from 25 to 139[degrees]C was ascribed to the physically adsorbed water; the second weight loss of 8.02% from 139 to 294[degrees]C may be due to gibbsite and Fe hydroxide (formed in the homogeneous precipitation process during catalyst preparation) decomposing into [gamma]-[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] [46] and hematite, respectively; the third weight loss of 6.36% in the temperature range from 294 to 800[degrees]C was attributed to decomposition of the remaining hydroxides.
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