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clinoptilolite

hydrated alkali aluminosilicate that is one of the most abundant minerals in the zeolite family. Its structure consists of an outer framework of silica and alumina tetrahedra, within which water molecules and exchangeable cations (e.g., calcium, potassium, sodium) migrate freely. Although clinoptilolite's chemical formula varies with composition, a typical representation is given by (Na2,K2,Ca)3Al6Si30O7224H2O.

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