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Glossary

graphite
definition:graphite

A very common mineral, soft native carbon, occurring in black to dark-gray foliated masses, with metallic luster and greasy feel. Usually it is opaque but can be transparent in extremely thin flakes. It exhibits iron-black to steel-gray color and appears deep blue in transmitted light. Natural graphite is mostly consumed for refractories, batteries, steelmaking, expanded graphite, brake linings, foundry facings and lubricants.

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