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Since the 1980’s, the neogene basin of Şile has become a very important region to meet the clay reserve of Turkey as the demand for raw materials especially in the ceramic ware industry. The total reserve for ceramic clays in the region is more than 200 million tons and, it is considered to be the heart of Turkey in respect of the quality and reserves. In the district Şile, approximately 2.5 million of clays are provided to the industry per year.

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