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Illite : Origins, Evolution and Metamorphism - Alain Meunier

Illite

Origins, Evolution and Metamorphism

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9783540204862
Number Of Pages: 288

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It is our pleasure to present this large body of information and thoughts of many mineral scientists which has accumulated over decades. Illite is a mineral that has been discovered relatively recently, even though it has great importance in the geological cycles of weathering, sedimentation and burial. Illite is the major potassium mineral among silicates in the surface environment. Potassium represents the only alkaline metal, to be bound in silicate structures during the great chemical reshuffling called weathering. The weathering environment is one of strong chemical segregation, where Si and AI become the resistant, of silicate rocks. Iron forms an oxide and potassium forms residual elements the stable clay illite. Then Si and Al form smectites and kaolinite. Sodium, calcium and to a large extent magnesium are extracted from the solids as dissolved ionic species of the altering fluids. Ca and Mg are reintroduced into solid minerals via carbonate precipitation, and Na remains to make the sea saline. This mineral has been difficult to study because it is of fine grain size, as are all clays: 2 pm in diameter. Illite, along with other clays, had to wait to be discovered until a useful method of X-ray detection became available. With such a tool clays, whose definition was initially based upon the resolving power of an optical microscope (2 ]. lm), could be efficiently investigated. In fact the study of illite parallels the use and development of X -ray diffraction techniques.

The mineralogy of illite - what is illite?p. 3
The geology of illitep. 63
Dynamics of the smectite-to-illite transformationp. 145
Applicationsp. 189
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ISBN: 9783540204862
ISBN-10: 3540204865
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.28  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.67

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