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Lateritic nickel ore deposits are surficial, weathered rinds formed on ultramafic rocks. Nickel laterites are a very important type of nickel ore deposit, they comprise 73% of the continental world nickel resources. They are growing to become the most important source of nickel metal for world demand. Nickel is a hard, silver white metal that has industrial applications related to its strength, corrosion resistance, high ductility, good thermal and electrical conductivity and catalytic properties. Its primary use is in manufacture of stainless steel, steel alloys and superalloys. The Nickel purification process is very complex of which a few are based on ion exchange, each taking care of a part of the full process cycle.