Literally meaning: “boiling stone”
Origin: Anc Greek
ζέω/zeo(=boil) + λίθος/lithos(=stone)
The term was coined in 1756 by Swedish mineralogist Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, who noticed that the material whenever is warmed up is specified off a heavy steam because of its substantial water content.
Zeolite is any of a family of a crystalline microporous aluminosilicate (like a honeycomb), that is considered as ion-exchangers. The metal atoms of zeolite which are cation (such potassium, sodium, calcium and strontium) are surrounded by 4 oxygen anions. Zeolites occur as a secondary minerals in cavities of lavas after million of years. Its use concerns water purification, molecule separation, as detergent etc.