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Cover - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Oct. 31, 2019
Cover page.    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 1-12658  
Entity Registrant Name ALBEMARLE CORPORATION  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code VA  
Entity Tax Identification Number 54-1692118  
Entity Address, Address Line One 4250 Congress Street, Suite 900  
Entity Address, City or Town Charlotte  
Entity Address, State or Province NC  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 28209  
City Area Code (980)  
Local Phone Number 299-5700  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Title of 12(b) Security COMMON STOCK, $.01 Par Value  
Trading Symbol ALB  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   106,033,033
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Central Index Key 0000915913  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31