Shunga open-cast

The only in the world field of black shale - schungite mineral, which contains from 75 to 99.6 percents of a pure carbon - is located on Zaonezhskiy peninsula, not far from Shunga settlement. It was first mentioned in the literature in 1785. It got its name after the name of the place of its location in 1879 by academician A. Inostrantsev.

Nowadays schungite is mined and used as a material for manufacturing of absolutely inert filters for water cleaning, foamed stuff for light concretes, conducting paints.

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