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Chalks

Chalks may be divided into two categories: natural and synthetic. Natural chalks consist of a pigmented material in a clay base, which gives the chalk its distinctive soft texture. The most common types are black, red and white, but it can occur in a variety of colours. By the eighteenth century, over-mining resulted in severe depletions, and for this reason (in addition to the fact that natural chalks were uneven in quality) synthetic chalks were developed.
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