Zeolite is an organic mineral derived from the reaction of volcanic activity and an alkaline water source, either freshwater or saltwater. Ida-Ore Zeolite Mining sources our Clinoptilolite Zeolite material from a freshwater source to eliminate additional sodium being added to the equation to better suit the material for agricultural use. There are around 60 different forms of natural zeolites, each has unique pore sizes, filtering capabilities, durability, and specific uses. Clinoptilolite is the most commonly found and sold of the bunch. Clinoptilolite Zeolite is made up of a crystalline lattice structure, naturally arranged in a fixed and stable honeycomb framework built from aluminosilicates. Clinoptilolite Zeolite is one of nature’s rare minerals that possess a negative charge. The negatively charged alumina and neutrally charged silica tetrahedral building blocks are stacked to form the honeycomb framework.
This structure allows the pores to attract and capture cations (positively charged ions) such as Ammonium, Cesium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, along with micro-nutrients such as Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Barium, and Copper making it an effective mineral fertilizer and water treatment material. The high attraction for water and numerous positively charged ions (K+, NH4+, Ca2+, Na+, and Mg2+) can be reversibly bound or released depending on the surrounding conditions (Hay, 1978).