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Perlite Crusher

Perlite crusher

Perlite crusher at the perlite mine in Socorro, New Mexico, July 1949

Image taken: 1949
by: D. M. Clippinger
© 1949 New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Historic Photograph Archives

Longitude: -106.891416
Latitude: 34.0584
  (WGS 84 or NAD 83)

About this image

The Dicalite Perlite Mine in Socorro, NM is one of the largest perlite deposits in the world, and is still in production. Perlite is a glassy volcanic rock that expands when rapidly heated in an industrial furnace. Once expanded, it has a number of uses in agriculture, construction, and insulation (among many other uses).

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources maintains a Perlite Testing Laboratory that provides perlite analyses for industry, government, and the public.

Image posted: 12-17-2021