[Sca-cooks] Soap Stone
phelpsd at gate.net
Sun Jun 17 11:03:33 PDT 2007
Checked one of my European sources "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Minerals
and Rocks" by Dr. Jifi Kourfimsky. Per that:
"Talc received its name from the Arabic language. The name of the compact
to massive variety--steatite, is of Greek origin. It was a familiar
mineral long ago. The so-called potstone (mixture of talc and chlorites)
was chiefly used in the past for the manufacture of pots; the attractive
coloured varieties of talc have always been a popular for making ornamental
"Steatite (soapstone) frequently forms part of schistose rocks."
"Europe's largest deposits are in Italy and Austria. Talc is today chiefly
used as a heat resisting raw material. for instance in the manufacture of
fire-resistant ceramic material."
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