Attapulgite is a specialty clay mineral that serves a variety of purposes. It is made out of tiny invisible channels that work to absorb liquids. Attapulgite is distinguished by strips that have 3 layers and are joined at the corners. This looks like a checkerboard structure with natural voids which act as pockets to fill liquid. The scientific compound structure is hydrated magnesium aluminium silicate.
Attapulgite is lightweight and this type of clay soil has many uses including: Cat litter, spill absorbents, agricultural and horticultural uses, fillers, oil treatment.