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Absorbent Industrial Minerals

Mining, Manufacturing, & Minerals

As a fully integrated business here at Absorbent Products Ltd. that is involved with a variety of different industries and business sectors, we are involved with mining and the manufacturing industrial minerals. We own a total of four mines, with three of them being home to us in British Columbia, while the other mine is located in Oregon (United States). From our four mines, we are able to supply a variety of different materials and mineral sources such as Diatomaceous Earth, Leonardite (Brown Coal), Calcium Bentonite, and Sodium Bentonite. It does not just end there though, as we have a joint venture partner for Zeolite, which is a secure industrial mineral source.

List of Industrial Minerals

Diatomaceous Earth: These materials are a soft and crumbly sedimentary deposit that is formed from the fossil remains of diatoms. Diatomaceous Earth materials are used for such as abrasives for toothpaste, metal polishes, and even some facial scrubs, as well as other materials such as pest control insecticides and many other agricultural uses.

Leonardite (Brown Coal): These minerals are a soft, waxy, shiny, and vitreous mineraloid that is easily soluble in alkaline solutions. These minerals are oxidations products of lignite, which is naturally formed from either compressed vegetation or organic matter. One of the major uses for this mineral is soil amendment within the agricultural industry.

Calcium Bentonite: These materials have a unique composition that can absorb negatively charged toxins. They tend to be a compound that is an absorbent kind of clay that typically forms after volcanic ash ages over a long period of time. These minerals have been used for centuries as a way to detoxify the body, improve digestion, and even improve skin tone.

Sodium Bentonite: These minerals have a natural sealant that can temporarily help stop leaks until a permanent repair can be completed (depending on the situation) as the ingredients build a clumping effect. These industrial materials are generally used for sealing stock, feed binders, recreational ponds, dairy and sewage lagoons, and even city landfills.

Zeolite: These are minerals that contain a base of aluminum and a variety of silicon compounds. Zeolites are mainly used as a drying agent for detergents and for commercial water purification.

Learn More About Our Industrial Minerals

To get more information and read more about our involvement in mining and the industrial mineral side of our business, you can take the time to read through this link. In addition, you can always reach out to us here at Absorbent for any specific questions or inquiries at our contact page on our website. We look forward to helping you out and answering any questions you have about our Industrial Minerals!

Here at Absorbent Products Ltd., we are a fully integrated company that supplies a secure source of Industrial Minerals. For more information about the work we do with Industrial Minerals, please watch this video from our YouTube channel.
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Fresh Coop Odor Control

What Is Fresh Coop Odor Control?

Fresh Coop Odor Control is a neutralizer that eliminates the harmful ammonia levels, controls and kills the odours in the area(s), and absorbs any moisture that might be in, around, or beside your Chicken Coop. The Fresh Coop Odor Control not only helps improve the smell of the area in and around your Chicken Coop, but it also makes the area feel tidier and under control.

What Can It Do?

Fresh Coop Odor Control provides the latest innovation and technology within the livestock industry that provides one of the best odor neutralizers out in the marketplace. Our product combines natural Food Chemical Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth, along with Calcium Montmorillonite and non-GMO Citric Acid. This allows our Fresh Coop Odor Control to eliminate all harmful ammonia levels, control the odor in the surrounding area, and absorbs all of the moisture that is built up in your backyard chicken coop. Thus, your chickens and your chicken coop will be a healthier and cleaner environment.

Our Fresh Coop Odor Control can also be used with and around backyard chickens, pullets, layers, quail, ducks, turkeys, pigeons, and pheasants. If there is an animal that is not listed here that you are curious about whether or not our Fresh Coop Odor Control can be used with, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. It would be our pleasure to give you advice and more information on our product. Let’s see whether or not Fresh Coop Odor Control is for you and your chickens!

Where Can I Get It?

You can purchase and learn more about our Fresh Coop Odor Control on our website. If you have any specific questions, concerns, or thoughts, please reach out to us over here. Someone will be in contact with you shortly to answer all of your inquiries.

Here is a video from our YouTube Channel ‘Absorbent Products Ltd.‘ about Fresh Coop Odor Control to learn about the product more in-depth.
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Dust Bath

What Is A Dust Bath?

Dust Baths are a way for chickens to keep themselves clean; hence, the word bath. The Dust Bath is a way for the chickens to clean and maintain their feathers to make sure they are in top condition. During the Dust Bath, all of the dust is worked into the bird’s feathers and coats their entire body. All of the dust will absorb any and all of the excess oil, which will help keep the feathers from becoming greasy, matted, and parched.

Using Fresh Coop Dust Bath

Before you start putting together a Dust Bath for your chickens, make sure that you have purchased the Fresh Coop Dust Bath. Once you have purchased your Fresh Coop Dust Bath, you are now ready to make your chicken’s Dust Bath experience that much better!

  1. Firstly, make sure that you have an area of dirt or sand that is there before you put down any Fresh Coop Dust Bath on an area. In addition, this area should be around 2-3″ inches deep, which will allow your chickens to properly have their Dust Bath and absorb all of the materials. If your flock is already free-range, then you can put down the Fresh Coop Dust Bath in an already existing area that your chickens use.
  2. Pour a layer of Fresh Coop Dust Bath on the area that you have already made and prepared for your chickens. This layer of Fresh Coop will blend and mix together with the existing area of dust and sand as your chickens start to have their Dust Bath.
  3. Keep an eye on your chickens when they are having their Dust Bath to make sure that you have put down enough Fresh Coop Dust Bath in their area. If you feel that you have not put enough Fresh Coop Dust Bath down in their area, then you can carefully add some down. The more you set up Dust Baths for your chickens, the better you will get at judging how much Fresh Coop Dust Bath that you will need to add to your chicken’s bath area.
  4. Lastly, if you are planning on putting together regular Fresh Coop Dust Baths for your chickens, then you will need to have a designated area such as an existing area around the coop or a container that you have specifically for Dust Baths. This will the dirt or sand you have in that area to constantly be absorbed with the Fresh Coop Dust Bath, which will allow you to not have to put down too much Fresh Coop Dust Bath each time your chickens have a Dust Bath.

Fresh Coop Dust Bath Product

You can purchase Fresh Coop Dust Bath for your chickens from us directly on our website right here. To learn more about Fresh Coop Dust Bath and what it can offer you and your chickens, please check out the FAQ on the product page, which is at the bottom of the page. This will help answer any other questions that you might have about Fresh Coop Dust Bath, Dust Baths, where you can purchase this product, etc.

Learn More About Fresh Coop Dust Baths

Check out our video on our YouTube channel, Absorbent Products Ltd., to learn more about Dust Baths for your chickens.
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How do you get water out of a rock?

Zeolite

How do you get water out of a rock?  Easy – if that rock is a zeolite!

In 1756, Swedish scientist Axel Cronstedt discovered that heating stilbite (a natural zeolite species) to a high temperature caused the rock to steam, as if there was water inside it.  Cronstedt coined the term “zeolite”, a combination of the Greek words for “to boil” (zeo) and “stone” (lithos).  We now know that the structure of zeolite can ‘trap’ and hold water molecules.

Zeolites are composed of molecules of oxygen, aluminum, and silica that form interlinked tetrahedra.  These structures are like molecular cages, which can trap and hold other molecules such as water.

The zeolite cages retain the water and release it slowly, making zeolite a very useful addition to soils and growth media. Zeolite can also be pretreated with elemental nutrients such as potassium; the zeolite holds the potassium and releases it slowly into the soil, making it an effective slow release fertilizer.

The stable tetrahedra structure of zeolite provides the additional benefit of soil aeration.  Zeolite, unlike other mineral additives, does not break down over time.  Adding a soil amendment like Absorbent Products’ Green Patch™ increases the soil’s porosity and allows more oxygen to reach the plant root systems.

There are 40 naturally occurring zeolite species, and over 200 more that have been created artificially. Natural zeolites were formed thousands to millions of years ago, in areas where volcanic rock and ash reacted with alkaline groundwater.  Synthetic zeolites can be ‘custom-made’ so that their tetrahedra are specifically shaped to encapsulate the target material.  Due to this, synthetic zeolites are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, from petrochemical processing to nuclear radiation remediation.

One particular natural species of zeolite, called clinoptilolite, has a strong exchange affinity for ammonium.  This makes it an excellent odour absorber when used for cat litter and livestock bedding, as ammonia is trapped and held.  Absorbent Products’ line of zeolite treatments for animal waste management, such as Horse Sense™ and Poultry Sense™, are all made from our deposit of natural clinoptilolite located in the mountains of southern British Columbia.  For more information on the many uses of zeolite and our products, give us a call!

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Environmentally Friendly Ice Melt

During the winter months it is important to keep walkways, driveways and other foot paths clear of snow and ice. But what is the best way to do this?

Many ice-melting products are undesirable due to the fact that they contain chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment.

Rock salt is the most commonly used form of ice melt, however it can also cause considerable damage or even death to plants and vegetation in areas near the treated surface. Salt may not work as well during extremely cold weather, as it is most effective at temperatures just below the freezing point. As well, it can take twice as much rock salt to get the same results that other ice melting products can provide.

Fertilizer is also often used as an ice melter. This, however, is not highly recommended as it is often washed away into gutters, storm drains, lakes, streams and reservoirs where it affects water quality.

When battling ice and snow, it is best to use an ice melter with ingredients that are environmentally friendly. For example, Diamond Glacier Ice Melt products contain calcium chloride. This ingredient is used by highways departments for de-icing roads and highways and controlling dust on gravel roads. Calcium chloride is also used as a food additive as well as a fertilizer in agriculture, making it safe for vegetation and the environment.

Glacier Blue and Glacier Green soluble markers are also used in Diamond Glacier products. This ingredient is an environmentally inert dye that shows where product is applied in order to help reduce over-application. The dye is water-soluble and UV sensitive and leaves no color residue.

Environmentally friendly ice melt products such as Diamond Glacier Ice Melt will not harm vegetation, properly air-entrained concrete or pets, when used as directed.

Please note: Beware of manufacturers who claim complete safety to plants, as any ice melt product can harm vegetation with over application.

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Bentonite: The Solution to Plumbers Cracks

Bentonite is known for its amazing absorbent and swelling properties. In fact, bentonite can absorb nearly five times its weight in water and at full saturation will occupy a volume of 12 to 15 times that of its dry bulk weight. Once dry, bentonite will shrink to its original volume and can be wetted, swelled and dried an infinite number of times (if the water being absorbed is fairly pure).

Due to these properties, bentonite works well as a sealant for plumbing cracks in concrete. When spread in the void, the bentonite will swell when it comes in contact with water, forming an impermeable seal.

The rate at which the bentonite swells depends on factors such as granulation and the application method used. All grades will expand slowly when water is poured on them however, if the bentonite is poured into the water it will expand much faster. As well, fine powdered bentonite will absorb water slowly while intermediate sized bentonite will absorb water more rapidly.

Bentonite is a quick and inexpensive sealant for nearly any plumbers crack!

For more information on betonite please contact us using the form below.

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Oil and Gas in Canada

History

1778 – Peter Pond reported the discovery of oil in Canada.

The oil sands in Alberta had been used by Aboriginal people for many years as a caulking material as well as for other purposes. However, Peter Pond was the first non-native explorer to report the discovery of oil in Canada. The area in which he made this discovery is now known as the Athabasca oil sands, located in northeastern Alberta.

1883 – Canadian Pacific Railway drilled the first gas well in Alberta.

While looking for water, gas was struck in Alderson, Alberta. Unfortunately, when the gas was struck, the well caught fire and burned the rig down. The well was abandoned until gas was struck again one year later at a well just eight feet away. This well was in operation for approximately forty years after being discovered.

1858 – James Miller Williams dug the first oil well in North America.

One year before the famous discovery of oil by Edwin Drake in Pennsylvania, James Miller Williams developed the first commercial oil wells in Oil Springs and Petrolia, Ontario.

The project was initially intended as a water well but instead oil was discovered twenty meters below the surface.

The Formation of Oil and Gas

Oil and gas form when sedimentary rock is exposed to heat and pressure over millions of years.

Sedimentary rock forms when deposits of tiny plants and animals along with mud and silt harden. When exposed to heat and pressure, the soft parts of these plants and animals slowly transform into crude oil and natural gas.

Regions of Sedimentary Rock in Canada

Canada has seven distinct regions of sedimentary rock. These regions span across the country, with portions of regions included in every province and territory.

Western Canada Sedimentary Basin

The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin is the most productive region in Canada. This area spans to include most of Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as parts of British Columbia, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Atlantic Margin

Major offshore crude oil and natural gas deposits were discovered in the Atlantic Margin in the 1960s. These deposits extend along the East Coast from Baffin Island down to US waters.

Arctic Cratonic and Arctic Margin

Crude oil and natural gas deposits have been identified in this area which includes the Arctic Islands, Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta. Development, however, has been slow due to many deterring factors such as location, cost and regulatory processes.

Eastern Cratonic

Crude oil and natural gas production has been occurring in this area since the 1800s. This area reaches across Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and

Labrador.

Intermontane

To date, only oil and gas exploration has occurred in this area. The Intermontane sedimentary rocks occur in British Columbia and the Yukon between the Canadian Rockies and the West Coast mountain ranges.

Pacific Margin

In 1972, the Canadian government halted all offshore drilling in this area in order to protect it from oil spills. Since this time no exploration has occurred. The Pacific Margin can be found off of the coast of BC.

Canada has a long history of oil and gas production and is currently the third largest natural gas producer and sixth largest crude oil producer in the world.

To learn more about Canada’s Oil and Gas industry, emerging technologies, products and services, and leading expertise in the field, check out the Gas & Oil Expo in Calgary, Alberta June 11 – 13, 2013.

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Bentonite Clay for Emergency Roof Repair

Severe weather can cause many problems including damage to your roof. In many cases, sudden and unexpected weather creates damage that calls for emergency repair. In the case of a leak, there are many emergency repair techniques that can be used however a common method is the use of bentonite clay. In fact, many roofing companies use bentonite clay for this purpose.

Bentonite is known for its absorptive qualities, with an ability to absorb up to several times its own weight in water. When saturated, bentonite will expand and bond to the membrane surface of a roof, forming a water impermeable seal to help keep water out until a permanent solution can be put in place.

In emergency situations, it is important to stop water from entering the building as well as the roof system. By creating a temporary seal with bentonite you can prevent damage to insulation and to the other surrounding roof components.

Please note: Prior to permanent repair, the bentonite must be entirely removed from the membrane surface.

In the case of damage to your roof and the need for emergency repairs, please consult a professional.

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