This book is about the most complete work on the subject of clay minerals thus far conceived. Its scope is one of basics to general principles to use in real geologic situations. In principle any student, advanced student or casual researcher, should be able to ?nd an answer to almost any question posed. The breadth of knowledge presented is truly impressive. This presentation is especially important at present when the study of the most abundant minerals found near the Earth’s surface, clays, appears to ?nd disfavour with students and Universities. In fact we have never before needed such an encyclopaedic work to strengthen the discipline. At present when Earth sciences are slowing in popularity, the need for a precise and general education in the study of clay minerals is greater than ever before. Curiously the study of the environment, those materials found in the sphere of biological activity, is more relevant than ever. The natural progress of human activity through the age of science and then industrial activity up to the present stage of the post-industrial era has been marked by an increasing use of the Earth’s surface resources. The steady increase of the human population has called upon the natural resources of the surface in a non-linear manner. In the pre-industrial era agriculture and industry was concerned with the basic subsistence of populations. In good years there was enough to eat and in bad ones not enough.
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Al3+ beidellite Ca2+ calculated cations celadonite charge chemical composition chlorite clay minerals concentration corrensite crystal structure decreases depth diagenesis diagenetic diagram dimensions dissolution end member environment ep t h equilibrium exchange Fe2+ Fe3+ fluids formed free energy function geothermal field gibbsite glauconite goethite growth H+ H+ H+ halloysite hydration I/S minerals illite illite content illite/smectite mixed layers increases interlayer sheet ionic ions isotopic composition K-feldspar Kaol kaolinite kcalmol_1 kinetic Mg2+ mica mineralogy mixed layers mixed-layer molecules montmorillonite muscovite nontronite octahedral octahedral sheet oxides palygorskite particles phase phyllosilicates polytype pyrophyllite quartz radius ratio reaction rock saponite saprolite Savin and Lee sedimentary sediments sepiolite Si4+ smectite soil solid solution stacking sequence stevensite surface Table temperature tetrahedral tetrahedral sheet transformation trioctahedral unit cell unit formula Variation vermiculite vertisols X-ray diffraction