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Magnesite

 

Magnesite (MgCO3) occurs in Cyprus in the Akamas Peninsula and in the Limassol Forest area.  It is found in the form of veins, lenses or irregular masses in serpentinised ultrabasic rocks.  It results from the decomposition of the host rock.  The veins are generally thin, rarely exceeding 3 m and often more or less parallel.  They are spread within the altered mother rock and large quantities of host are extracted for a low production of magnesite.  Exploitation of magnesite was sporadic in Cyprus between 1921-1922 and 1944-1953.  About 1,750 tonnes of magnesite have been excavated containing an average of 95% magnesium carbonate.

 

 

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