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Decatur County Historical Markers

Fullers Earth

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Fullers Earth
  • Location: At Attapulgus on old US 27

FULLERS EARTH (Text on Old Marker)

Fullers Earth, a clay used for bleaching petroleum oil, has been refined near here since 1907. The name is derived from its earlier use as fulling or cleaning the grease from wool. Georgia has led the production of Fullers Earth since 1924.


Fullers Earth is any nonplastic clay or claylike earthy material that can be used to filter animal, mineral, and vegetable oils. It is composed mainly of alumina, silica, iron oxides, lime, magnesia, and water, in extremely variable proportions.

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