Bauxite main content.


Part of Hall of Planet Earth.


Exhibition Text

Bauxite forms in tropical environments where warm groundwater leaches and dissolves nearly everything out of the rocks except for aluminum and silicon. This sample formed about 65 million years ago, when old granites were chemically weathered.

Provided by BAUXILUM Mining, Venezuela

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Aluminum, Bauxite, Geology, Natural resources

Audience: General