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    1. East Georgia Mines of Thiele Kaolin Tim Blue and Michael Fulghum Introduction to GIS Dr. Oetter

    2. Kaolin in Georgia Sedimentary kaolin deposits were formed in middle Georgia as a result of the weathering and erosion of the Piedmont rock, enriching the lives of Georgians who reside along the Fall Line. http://www.kaolin.com/geology/index.htm

    3. The objective of kaolin mining is to profitably extract a useful and beneficial industrial mineral and then to return the land to a stable and productive use through reclamation. http://www.kaolin.com/geology/kaolin10.html

    5. So Whats it Good For? Paper, Plastics, Paints, Porcelain, Ceramics, Rubber, and more!!!

    6. Different Mines, Different Qualities The volume and quality of the deposits, as well as market applications, usually determine the life of a kaolin mine. Crude kaolin quality is determined by many different features and values including brightness and particle size. For our purposes Thiele condensed the quality information into only three categories: coating, filler, and marginal. We used Excel spreadsheet data to estimate the amount of each quality of kaolin initially available in each mine at the time surveying was done.

    7. Problem Statement We propose to use collected data to determine which kaolin site contains the greatest amount of each major quality type of kaolin.

    8. Results

    12. Photographs

    15. Acknowledgements Thanks to Thiele Kaolin Company, especially Alex Cawthon, Charles Jordan, and Teresa White for providing guidance and data.