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  • Rights: Schlumberger, Houston Texas Published 22 July 2021 Size: 690 KB Referencing Hub media

    Kaolinite is the principal mineral present in kaolin clays. It has a flat plate-like structure. This scanning electron microscope image of a sample of kaolinite at a magnification of 1,500 times clearly shows this.

    Kaolinite’s layered structure – with tight packing between the layers like the pages of a closed book – means that kaolinite clay does not shrink when dry or swell when wet.

    Image: Schlumberger, Houston Texas

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