Our processed bentonite and barite is milled to 200 mesh and is available for immediate delivery from our Eagle Pass, TX and Laredo, TX locations.
Lone Star GTC is highly involved in the process and logistics of our minerals. We supervise every aspect, including the mining, milling, and loading of the product assuring our clients a high-quality product at a competitive price. We also offer quality cat litter bentonite, which is odor controlled, fast clumping, dust free, and easy to scoop, while being pet, planet, and people friendly. (Private label)
Many customers have used our clay to prevent water leaks, our 200 mesh is perfect to blend and mix with soil.
We also offer a granular gel and a top quality provider for bentonite used in the foundry industry of steel & iron, which is extremely water-absorbent clay that will dry melted iron.
History of Bentonite
Bentonite has been known to the mankind for quite a long time. Towards the end of the 19th century, W.C. Knight, an American geologist, identified water swelling clay in and around rocky formation near Fort Benton.
This clay was then given the name “mineral soap.” However, interest in bentonite increased during the 1920s when researchers called bentonite a whole range of clay, which mainly consist of mineral montmorillonite and with lesser amounts of some other minerals such as pyrite, feldspar, quartz, and calcite.
Important Properties of Bentonite
The density of bentonite ranges between 2.2 and 2.8 g/cm3 depending upon its quality and the presence of other minerals. When wet, the volume is expanded almost 13 times more than when it is dry and several times its dry mass in water (depending on the quality of the bentonite). This property of bentonite clay is favorable for filling small and large voids or spaces. Pond sealer bentonite acts as a barrier between the water and the surface preventing seepage of water, which is an essential requirement while constructing any body of water, like ponds, dams, wells, and lagoons.