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  1. Clay Minerals

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    Mueller, Karl T.; Sanders, Rebecca L.; Washton, Nancy M.

    2014-03-14

    Clay minerals are important components of the environment and are involved or implicated in processes such as the uptake of pollutants and the release of nutrients and as potential platforms for a number of chemical reactions. Owing to their small particle sizes (typically, on the order of microns or smaller) and mixing with a variety of other minerals and soil components, advanced characterization methods are needed to study their structures, dynamics, and reactivities. In this article, we describe the use of solid-state NMR methods to characterize the structures and chemistries of clay minerals. Early one-pulse magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR studies of 27Al and 29Si have now been enhanced and extended with new studies utilizing advanced methodologies (such as Multiple Quantum MAS) as well as studies of less-sensitive nuclei. In additional work, the issue of reactivity of clay minerals has been addressed, including studies of reactive surface area in the environment. Utilizations of NMR-sensitive nuclides within the clay minerals themselves, and in molecules that react with speci?c sites on the clay mineral surfaces, have aided in understanding the reactivity of these complex aluminosilicate systems.

  2. Laboratory reflectance spectra of clay minerals mixed with Mars analog materials: Toward enabling quantitative clay abundances from Mars spectra

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    Roush, Ted L.; Bishop, Janice L.; Brown, Adrian J.; Blake, David F.; Bristow, Thomas F.

    2015-09-01

    Quantitative estimates of clay minerals on the martian surface, via remote sensing observations, provide constraints on activity, timing, duration, and extent of aqueous processes and the geochemical environment in martian history. We describe an analytical study to begin enabling quantitative estimates of phyllosilicates when mixed with martian analog materials. We characterize the chemistry, mineralogy, particle size distribution, and reflectance spectra of the end-member materials: saponite, montmorillonite, pyroxene, and palagonitic soil. Reflectance spectra were obtained for physical mixtures of saponite and montmorillonite with pyroxene, and saponite with palagonitic soil. We analyzed the diagnostic phyllosilicate spectral signatures in the 2.2-2.4 ?m wavelength region in detail for the mixtures. This involved fitting the observed ?2.3 or ?2.2 ?m band depth, associated with the presence of saponite and montmorillonite, respectively, as a function of the abundance of these materials in the mixtures. Based upon the band depth of the spectral features we find that 3-5 wt.% of the clay minerals in the mixture with pyroxene can be recognized and at 25 wt.% their presence is indisputable in the mixtures. When the saponite is mixed with the lower albedo palagonitic soil, its presence is clearly distinguishable via the 1.4 and 2.3 ?m features at 25 wt.% abundance. These relationships, between abundance and band depth, provide an ability to quantitatively address the amount of these materials in mixtures. The trends described here provide guidance for estimating the presence of phyllosilicates in matrices on the martian surface.

  3. Green Clay Minerals

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    Velde, B.

    2003-12-01

    Color is a problem for scientific study. One aspect is the vocabulary one used to describe color. Mint green, bottle green, and Kelly green are nice names but not of great utility in that people's physical perception of color is not always the same. In some industries, such as colored fabric manufacture, current use is to send a set of standard colors which are matched by the producer. This is similar to the use of the Munsell color charts in geology. None of these processes makes use of physical optical spectral studies. The reason is that they are difficult to obtain and interpret. For a geologist, color is very important but we rarely have the possibility to standardize the method of our color perception. One reason is that color is both a reflective and transmission phenomenon. The thickness of the sample is critical to any transmission characteristics. Hence, a field color determination is different from one made by using a petrographic microscope. Green glauconite in a hand specimen is not the same color in 30 ?m thick thin section seen with a microscope using transmitted light.A second problem is that color in a spectral identification is the result of several absorption emissions,with overlapping signal, forming a complicated spectrum. Interpretation depends very greatly on the spectrum of the light source and the conditions of transmission-reflection of the sample. As a result, for this text, we will not attempt to analyze the physical aspect of green in green clays. In the discussion which follows, reference is made concerning color, to thin section microscopic perception.Very briefly, green clay minerals are green, because they contain iron. This is perhaps not a great revelation to mineralogists, but it is the key to understanding the origin and stability of green clay minerals. In fact, iron can color minerals either red or green or in various shades of orange and brown. The color most likely depends upon the relative abundance of the iron ion valence in the silicate (clay mineral in our case) structure, the specific bonding of these ions, and other factors. In fact, the reasons for coloration are not known completely, but it is certain that a combination of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions is necessary to give a nice green color to clays. In the green clay minerals discussed here, the colors vary greatly as seen under the optical microscope (not always the same as the one seen in hand specimen). Yellow to blue-green hues can be found. However, for the moment, no clear relation between iron content, iron valence ratio, or other factors such as minor transition element concentrations can be found to explain the greenness of green clay minerals. The fact that a clay is green just indicates a combination of the two oxidation states of iron. The color, however, indicates the key to the formation in nature of green clay minerals.Green clay minerals are in general the product of "mixed valence" conditions of formation, most often in a situation where some iron is reduced from Fe3+ and enters into a silicate mineral structure. In general, iron would rather be an oxide when it is in the trivalent state. The moment iron is reduced to a divalent state under surface or near-surface conditions, it looks for a silicate, sulfide, or carbonate to hide in. The reverse is also true, of course. When a silicate is oxidized, Fe2+ becoming Fe3+, the iron begins to group together in oxide clumps and eventually exits the silicate structure. This is seen in thin section in altered rocks (weathering or hydrothermal action). The production of trivalent, oxidized iron usually results in a brownish or orange mineral.If the geology of the formation of green silicate minerals is relatively well defined, especially at near surface or surface conditions, the question remains how much of the iron is in a reduced oxidation state and how? In the case of reduction of iron in surface environments: if most of the iron goes to Fe2+, one mineral is formed; if only part of it is reduced, another is formed. This is the fundamental geochemical aspect of the genesis of green clay minerals; they contain iron in both oxidation states.Unfortunately modern methods of mineral analysis on a microscopic scale, electron microbeam and others, do not allow the determination of the different oxidation states of iron especially for nonstoichiometric minerals. One can use Mssbauer spectral analysis, but the scales of observations are not the same (Mssbauer needing more material); one method used for observations on a microscale, the other on a macroscale. Given the problems of micro- and macroscale observations, oxidation state information is almost excluded from data gathered since the 1980s or so, and hence information concerning the relations of iron reduction and clay genesis must be taken from older studies. A second, much greater problem is that little X-ray diffraction (XRD) work is done on samples which are analyzed chemically by electron microbeam studies. In the past both types of information, structural and chemical, were available for the same sample. Hence not only do we have no precise chemical data for many samples (oxidation state of iron), but there is a rarity of mineral structural information to go along with the incomplete chemistry. This is critical for the study of clay minerals, because slight chemical changes in a clay mineral are frequently accompanied by changes in its structure, especially when one deals with interstratified clay minerals (mica/smectites for example). In fact, the tendency to obtain more and more precision (analysis of a smaller and smaller sized sample) has led to a total loss of mineralogical data. The Heisenberg principle is unwittingly verified by geologists. We know more about a small part of a sample, but we know less about its whole. As a result, the following discussion is based largely upon old data, those which combine iron oxidation states and XRD information.

  4. Clay Mineral: Radiological Characterization

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    Cotomácio, J. G.; Silva, P. S. C.; Mazzilli, B. P.

    2008-08-01

    Since the early days, clays have been used for therapeutic purposes. Nowadays, most minerals applied as anti-inflammatory, pharmaceutics and cosmetic are the clay minerals that are used as the active ingredient or, as the excipient, in formulations. Although their large use, few information is available in literature on the content of the radionuclide concentrations of uranium and thorium natural series and 40K in these clay minerals. The objective of this work is to determine the concentrations of 238U, 232Th, 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 40K in commercial samples of clay minerals used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic purposes. Two kinds of clays samples were obtained in pharmacies, named green clay and white clay. Measurement for the determination of 238U and 232Th activity concentration was made by alpha spectrometry and gamma spectrometry was used for 226Ra, 228Ra, 210Pb and 40K determination. Some physical-chemical parameters were also determined as organic carbon and pH. The average activity concentration obtained was 906±340 Bq kg-1 for 40K, 40±9 Bq kg-1 for 226Ra, 75±9 Bq kg-1 for 228Ra, 197±38 Bq kg-1 for 210Pb, 51±26 Bq kg-1 for 238U and 55±24 Bq kg-1 for 232Th, considering both kinds of clay.

  5. Killer clays! Natural antibacterial clay minerals

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    Williams, L.B.; Holland, M.; Eberl, D.D.; Brunet, T.; De Courrsou, L. B.

    2004-01-01

    The clay chemical properties that may be important in medicine were investigated. It was found that natural clay minerals can have striking and very specific effects on microbial populations. The effects can range from potentially enhanced microbial growth to complete sterilization. This paper presents evidence that natural clay minerals can be effective antimicrobial agents.

  6. Clay Mineral: Radiological Characterization

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    Cotomacio, J. G.; Silva, P. S. C.; Mazzilli, B. P

    2008-08-07

    Since the early days, clays have been used for therapeutic purposes. Nowadays, most minerals applied as anti-inflammatory, pharmaceutics and cosmetic are the clay minerals that are used as the active ingredient or, as the excipient, in formulations. Although their large use, few information is available in literature on the content of the radionuclide concentrations of uranium and thorium natural series and {sup 40}K in these clay minerals.The objective of this work is to determine the concentrations of {sup 238}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 40}K in commercial samples of clay minerals used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic purposes. Two kinds of clays samples were obtained in pharmacies, named green clay and white clay.Measurement for the determination of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th activity concentration was made by alpha spectrometry and gamma spectrometry was used for {sup 226}Ra, {sup 228}Ra, {sup 210}Pb and {sup 40}K determination. Some physical-chemical parameters were also determined as organic carbon and pH. The average activity concentration obtained was 906{+-}340 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 40}K, 40{+-}9 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 226}Ra, 75{+-}9 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 228}Ra, 197{+-}38 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 210}Pb, 51{+-}26 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 238}U and 55{+-}24 Bq kg{sup -1} for {sup 232}Th, considering both kinds of clay.

  7. Clay Mineral Preferred Orientation

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    Day-Stirrat, R. J.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropy of the orientation of clay minerals, often referred to as texture, may be unique to sediments' deposition, composition, deformation or diagenetic history. The literature is rich with studies that include preferred orientation generation in fault gouge, low-grade metamorphic rocks, sediments with variable clay content and during the smectite-to-illite transformation. Untangling the interplay between many competing factors in any one geologic situation has proven a significant challenge over many years. Understanding how, where and when clay minerals develop a preferred orientation has significant implications for permeability anisotropy in shallow burial, the way mechanical properties are projected from shallower to deeper settings in basin modeling packages and the way velocity anisotropy is accounted for in seismic data processing. The assessment of the anisotropic properties of fine-grained siliciclastic rocks is gaining significant momentum in rock physics research. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of how clay minerals develop a preferred orientation in space and time is crucial to the understanding of anisotropy of physical properties. The current study brings together a wealth of data that may be used in a predictive sense to account for fabric anisotropy that may impact any number of rock properties.

  8. Mineral resource of the Month: Clay

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    Virta, Robert L.

    2010-01-01

    Clays were one of the first mineral commodities used by people. Clay pottery has been found in archeological sites that are 12,000 years old, and clay figurines have been found in sites that are even older.

  9. Mineral resource of the month: clays

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    Virta, Robert

    2004-01-01

    Clays represent one of the largest mineral commodities in the world in terms of mineral and rock production and use. Many people, however, do not recognize that clays are used in an amazingly wide variety of applications. Use continues to increase worldwide as populations and their associated needs increase. Robert Virta, clay and shale commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey, has prepared the following information about clays.

  10. Clay mineralogy of weathering rinds and possible implications concerning the sources of clay minerals in soils.

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    Colman, Steven M.

    1982-01-01

    Weathering rinds on volcanic clasts in Quaternary deposits in the western US contain only very fine-grained and poorly crystalline clay minerals. Rinds were sampled from soils containing well-developed argillic B horizons in deposits approx 105 yr old or more. The clay-size fraction of the rinds is dominated by allophane and iron hydroxy-oxides, whereas the B horizons contain abundant well-crystallized clay minerals. The contrast between the clay mineralogy of the weathering rinds, in which weathering is isolated from other soil processes, and that of the associated soil matrices suggests a need to reassess assumptions concerning the rates at which clay minerals form and the sources of clay minerals in argillic B horizons. It seems that crystalline clay minerals form more slowly in weathering rinds than is generally assumed for soil environments and that the weathering of primary minerals may not be the dominant source of crystalline clay minerals in Middle to Late Pleistocene soil.-A.P.

  11. Surface geochemistry of the clay minerals.

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    Sposito, G; Skipper, N T; Sutton, R; Park, S; Soper, A K; Greathouse, J A

    1999-03-30

    Clay minerals are layer type aluminosilicates that figure in terrestrial biogeochemical cycles, in the buffering capacity of the oceans, and in the containment of toxic waste materials. They are also used as lubricants in petroleum extraction and as industrial catalysts for the synthesis of many organic compounds. These applications derive fundamentally from the colloidal size and permanent structural charge of clay mineral particles, which endow them with significant surface reactivity. Unraveling the surface geochemistry of hydrated clay minerals is an abiding, if difficult, topic in earth sciences research. Recent experimental and computational studies that take advantage of new methodologies and basic insights derived from the study of concentrated ionic solutions have begun to clarify the structure of electrical double layers formed on hydrated clay mineral surfaces, particularly those in the interlayer region of swelling 2:1 layer type clay minerals. One emerging trend is that the coordination of interlayer cations with water molecules and clay mineral surface oxygens is governed largely by cation size and charge, similarly to a concentrated ionic solution, but the location of structural charge within a clay layer and the existence of hydrophobic patches on its surface provide important modulations. The larger the interlayer cation, the greater the influence of clay mineral structure and hydrophobicity on the configurations of adsorbed water molecules. This picture extends readily to hydrophobic molecules adsorbed within an interlayer region, with important implications for clay-hydrocarbon interactions and the design of catalysts for organic synthesis. PMID:10097044

  12. Dehydration-induced luminescence in clay minerals

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    Coyne, L. M.; Lahav, N.; Lawless, J. G.

    1981-01-01

    Reports of triboluminescent phenomena in organic crystalline materials prompted a search for related processes in clay minerals. The reported extensive mechanical distortion produced on freezing and drying of montmorillonite was particularly interesting because of studies of condensation reactions in a wet/dry cycled reaction sequence. The discovery of an unusual luminescent process in several clay minerals is reported and its characteristics are described.

  13. Surface geochemistry of the clay minerals

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    Sposito, Garrison; Skipper, Neal T.; Sutton, Rebecca; Park, Sung-ho; Soper, Alan K.; Greathouse, Jeffery A.

    1999-01-01

    Clay minerals are layer type aluminosilicates that figure in terrestrial biogeochemical cycles, in the buffering capacity of the oceans, and in the containment of toxic waste materials. They are also used as lubricants in petroleum extraction and as industrial catalysts for the synthesis of many organic compounds. These applications derive fundamentally from the colloidal size and permanent structural charge of clay mineral particles, which endow them with significant surface reactivity. Unraveling the surface geochemistry of hydrated clay minerals is an abiding, if difficult, topic in earth sciences research. Recent experimental and computational studies that take advantage of new methodologies and basic insights derived from the study of concentrated ionic solutions have begun to clarify the structure of electrical double layers formed on hydrated clay mineral surfaces, particularly those in the interlayer region of swelling 2:1 layer type clay minerals. One emerging trend is that the coordination of interlayer cations with water molecules and clay mineral surface oxygens is governed largely by cation size and charge, similarly to a concentrated ionic solution, but the location of structural charge within a clay layer and the existence of hydrophobic patches on its surface provide important modulations. The larger the interlayer cation, the greater the influence of clay mineral structure and hydrophobicity on the configurations of adsorbed water molecules. This picture extends readily to hydrophobic molecules adsorbed within an interlayer region, with important implications for clay–hydrocarbon interactions and the design of catalysts for organic synthesis. PMID:10097044

  14. Scanning electron microscopy of clays and clay minerals

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    Bohor, B.F.; Hughes, R.E.

    1971-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) proves to be ideally suited for studying the configuration, texture, and fabric of clay samples. Growth mechanics of crystalline units-interpenetration and interlocking of crystallites, crystal habits, twinning, helical growth, and topotaxis-also are uniquely revealed by the SEM. Authigenic kaolins make up the bulk of the examples because their larger crystallite size, better crystallinity, and open texture make them more suited to examination by the SEM than most other clay mineral types. ?? 1971.

  15. Desert varnish: the importance of clay minerals.

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    Potter, R M; Rossman, G R

    1977-06-24

    Desert varnish has been characterized by infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy. It is a distinct morphological entity having an abrupt boundary with the underlying rock. Clay minerals comprise more than 70 percent of the varnish. Iron and manganese oxides constitute the bulk of the remainder and are dispersed throughout the clay layer. PMID:17776923

  16. Ostwald ripening of clays and metamorphic minerals

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    Eberl, D.D.; Srodon, J.; Kralik, M.; Taylor, B.E.; Peterman, Z.E.

    1990-01-01

    Analyses of particle size distributions indicate that clay minerals and other diagenetic and metamorphic minerals commonly undergo recrystallization by Ostwald ripening. The shapes of their particle size distributions can yield the rate law for this process. One consequence of Ostwald ripening is that a record of the recrystallization process is preserved in the various particle sizes. Therefore, one can determine the detailed geologic history of clays and other recrystallized minerals by separating, from a single sample, the various particle sizes for independent chemical, structural, and isotopic analyses.

  17. Adsorption of Nucleic Acid Bases, Ribose, and Phosphate by Some Clay Minerals

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    Hashizume, Hideo

    2015-01-01

    Besides having a large capacity for taking up organic molecules, clay minerals can catalyze a variety of organic reactions. Derived from rock weathering, clay minerals would have been abundant in the early Earth. As such, they might be expected to play a role in chemical evolution. The interactions of clay minerals with biopolymers, including RNA, have been the subject of many investigations. The behavior of RNA components at clay mineral surfaces needs to be assessed if we are to appreciate how clays might catalyze the formation of nucleosides, nucleotides and polynucleotides in the “RNA world”. The adsorption of purines, pyrimidines and nucleosides from aqueous solution to clay minerals is affected by suspension pH. With montmorillonite, adsorption is also influenced by the nature of the exchangeable cations. Here, we review the interactions of some clay minerals with RNA components. PMID:25734235

  18. Clays and other minerals in prebiotic processes

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    Paecht-Horowitz, M.

    1984-01-01

    Clays and other minerals have been investigated in context with prebiotic processes, mainly in polymerization of amino acids. It was found that peptides adsorbed on the clay, prior to polymerization, influence the reaction. The ratio between the amount of the peptides adsorbed and that of the clay is important for the yield as well as for the degrees of polymerization obtained. Adsorption prior to reaction produces a certain order in the aggregates of the clay particles which might induce better reaction results. Excess of added peptides disturbs this order and causes lesser degrees of polymerization. In addition to adsorption, clays are also able to occlude between their layers substances out of the environment, up to very high concentrations.

  19. Fluxes of clay minerals in the South China Sea

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    Schroeder, Annette; Wiesner, Martin G.; Liu, Zhifei

    2015-11-01

    In order to assess dominant settling processes that change the composition of the detrital clay fraction during transport from neighboring estuaries to a deep sea basin, we studied relative clay mineral abundances and absolute clay mineral fluxes of clay-sized sinking particulate matter collected by eight sediment trap systems deployed from shallow to deep water depth in the South China Sea. This is the first basin-wide study on recent sedimentation processes in the western Pacific marginal seas. Annual averages of relative clay mineral abundances at the shallow traps are temporally more variable and regionally more diverse, resembling those of surrounding drainage basins. In contrast, higher fluxes of material reach the deeper traps. Their characteristics trend temporally and spatially towards uniformity and are enriched with smectite in the entire deep basin. Sinking particulate matter that reaches the shallow traps spends less time in pelagic transport and is affected by monsoonal current reversals. The enrichment in smectite in the deeper traps is a result of longer duration in transport at low velocities, which may increase the effect of differential settling during transport. The trend is caused by lateral advection driven by the cyclonic deep circulation, and this is considered as the main transport process in the northern and central deep basin. The high fluxes in the south-western deep basin could be the result of laterally advected re-suspended sediments from the neighboring shelves. The effects on the composition of the detrital clay fraction caused by oceanographic control, which indirectly include those by differential settling, mask the climatic signal from surrounding drainage basins in the deep basin sediments. This strongly affects the interpretation of the clay mineralogical record in sediments deposited under recent conditions in the South China Sea deep basin.

  20. Mineral Abundances in Martian Soils

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    Martel, L. M. V.

    2011-01-01

    Using traditional geochemical calculations with in situ Martian cosmochemical data researchers Harry (Hap) McSween Jr. and Ian McGlynn (University of Tennessee) and Deanne Rogers (SUNY at Stony Brook) have developed a method for identifying the major and minor minerals in soils at the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) landing sites. The team used information from the MER Athena instrument package operating on Mars since January, 2004. They created two models using MiniTES spectra, Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) data, and Mossbauer spectrometer data to calculate the mineralogy of average dark soils on the Gusev crater plains and on Meridiani Planum, located on opposite sides of Mars. Soils at both locations are similarly composed of minerals derived from the comminution of basalts (about three quarters by weight) and other minerals derived from rocks altered by chemical weathering (about one quarter by weight). This mixture of possibly unrelated materials (primary and altered) might mean that the alteration of soil did not occur in place and that the basaltic and alteration suites of minerals came from different sources. The nearly identical modal mineralogy at two widely-separated locations on the planet supports a previous hypothesis based on comparable chemical compositions that soils have been homogenized, if not globally then at least over large areas of the Martian surface. Yet, global maps of orbital remote sensing data have not shown surface abundances of alteration minerals as high as those in the Martian soils.

  1. Lipid peroxidation induced by expandable clay minerals.

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    Kibanova, Daria; Nieto-Camacho, Antonio; Cervini-Silva, Javiera

    2009-10-01

    Small-sized environmental particles such as 2:1 phyllosilicates induce oxidative stress, a primary indicator of cell damage and toxicity. Herein, potential hazards of clay particle uptake are addressed. This paper reports that the content and distribution of structural Fe influence the ability of expandable clay minerals to induce lipid peroxidation (LP), a major indicator of oxidative stress, in biological matrices. Three smectite clays, hectorite (SHCa-1) and two nontronites (NAu-1) and (NAu-2) containing varying total content and coordination environment of structural Fe, were selected. Screening and monitoring of LP was conducted using a thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) assay. The higher content of TBARS in nontronites than that in SHCa-1 suspensions was explained because structural Fe contributes to LP. The observed lack of correlation between TBARS content and the extent of Fe dissolution indicated that the formation of TBARS is surface controlled. Results showing a high TBARS content in SHCa-1 but not in nontronite supematant solutions was explained because the former contains distinct, soluble chemical component(s) that could (i) induce LP by its (their) own right and (ii) whose chemical affinity for organic ligands used as inhibitors is weak. Clays serve as stronger inductors than 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) but are much weaker than FeSO4. The outcome of this work shows that LP is clay surface-controlled and dependent on clay structural composition. PMID:19848175

  2. Radiation-induced defects in clay minerals: A review

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    Allard, Th.; Balan, E.; Calas, G.; Fourdrin, C.; Morichon, E.; Sorieul, S.

    2012-04-01

    Extensive information has been collected on radiation effects on clay minerals over the last 35 years, providing a wealth of information on environmental and geological processes. The fields of applications include the reconstruction of past radioelement migrations, the dating of clay minerals or the evolution of the physico-chemical properties under irradiation. The investigation of several clay minerals, namely kaolinite, dickite, montmorillonite, illite and sudoite, by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy has shown the presence of defects produced by natural or artificial radiations. These defects consist mostly of electron holes located on oxygen atoms of the structure. The various radiation-induced defects are differentiated through their nature and their thermal stability. Most of them are associated with a π orbital on a Si-O bond. The most abundant defect in clay minerals is oriented perpendicular to the silicate layer. Thermal annealing indicates this defect in kaolinite (A-center) to be stable over geological periods at ambient temperature. Besides, electron or heavy ion irradiation easily leads to an amorphization in smectites, depending on the type of interlayer cation. The amorphization dose exhibits a bell-shaped variation as a function of temperature, with a decreasing part that indicates the influence of thermal dehydroxylation. Two main applications of the knowledge of radiation-induced defects in clay minerals are derived: (i) The use of defects as tracers of past radioactivity. In geological systems where the age of the clay can be constrained, ancient migrations of radioelements can be reconstructed in natural analogues of high level nuclear waste repositories. When the dose rate may be assumed constant over time, the paleodose is used to date clay populations, an approach applied to fault gouges or laterites of the Amazon basin. (ii) The influence of irradiation over physico-chemical properties of clay minerals. An environmental application concerns the performance assessment of the engineered barrier of nuclear waste disposals. In case of a leakage of transuranic elements from the radioactive waste form, alpha recoil nuclei can amorphize smectite after periods of the order of 1000 years according to a worst case scenario, whereas amorphization from ionizing radiation is unlikely. As amorphization greatly enhances the dissolution kinetics of smectite, the sensitivity of the smectites must be taken into account in the prediction of the long term behavior of engineered barriers.

  3. Mineral Acquisition from Clay by Budongo Forest Chimpanzees

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    Reynolds, Vernon; Lloyd, Andrew W.; English, Christopher J.; Lyons, Peter; Dodd, Howard; Hobaiter, Catherine; Newton-Fisher, Nicholas; Mullins, Caroline; Lamon, Noemie; Schel, Anne Marijke; Fallon, Brittany

    2015-01-01

    Chimpanzees of the Sonso community, Budongo Forest, Uganda were observed eating clay and drinking clay-water from waterholes. We show that clay, clay-rich water, and clay obtained with leaf sponges, provide a range of minerals in different concentrations. The presence of aluminium in the clay consumed indicates that it takes the form of kaolinite. We discuss the contribution of clay geophagy to the mineral intake of the Sonso chimpanzees and show that clay eaten using leaf sponges is particularly rich in minerals. We show that termite mound soil, also regularly consumed, is rich in minerals. We discuss the frequency of clay and termite soil geophagy in the context of the disappearance from Budongo Forest of a formerly rich source of minerals, the decaying pith of Raphia farinifera palms. PMID:26218593

  4. Mineral Acquisition from Clay by Budongo Forest Chimpanzees.

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    Reynolds, Vernon; Lloyd, Andrew W; English, Christopher J; Lyons, Peter; Dodd, Howard; Hobaiter, Catherine; Newton-Fisher, Nicholas; Mullins, Caroline; Lamon, Noemie; Schel, Anne Marijke; Fallon, Brittany

    2015-01-01

    Chimpanzees of the Sonso community, Budongo Forest, Uganda were observed eating clay and drinking clay-water from waterholes. We show that clay, clay-rich water, and clay obtained with leaf sponges, provide a range of minerals in different concentrations. The presence of aluminium in the clay consumed indicates that it takes the form of kaolinite. We discuss the contribution of clay geophagy to the mineral intake of the Sonso chimpanzees and show that clay eaten using leaf sponges is particularly rich in minerals. We show that termite mound soil, also regularly consumed, is rich in minerals. We discuss the frequency of clay and termite soil geophagy in the context of the disappearance from Budongo Forest of a formerly rich source of minerals, the decaying pith of Raphia farinifera palms. PMID:26218593

  5. Sorption Energy Maps of Clay Mineral Surfaces

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    Cygan, Randall T.; Kirkpatrick, R. James

    1999-07-19

    A molecular-level understanding of mineral-water interactions is critical for the evaluation and prediction of the sorption properties of clay minerals that may be used in various chemical and radioactive waste disposal methods. Molecular models of metal sorption incorporate empirical energy force fields, based on molecular orbital calculations and spectroscopic data, that account for Coulombic, van der Waals attractive, and short-range repulsive energies. The summation of the non-bonded energy terms at equally-spaced grid points surrounding a mineral substrate provides a three dimensional potential energy grid. The energy map can be used to determine the optimal sorption sites of metal ions on the exposed surfaces of the mineral. By using this approach, we have evaluated the crystallographic and compositional control of metal sorption on the surfaces of kaolinite and illite. Estimates of the relative sorption energy and most stable sorption sites are derived based on a rigid ion approximation.

  6. Feasibility of classification of clay minerals by using PAS

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    Honda, Y.; Yoshida, Y.; Akiyama, Y.; Nishijima, S.

    2015-06-01

    After the nuclear power plant disaster, the evaluation of radioactive Cs kept in soil, especially in clay minerals and the elucidation of its movement are urgent subjects to promote decontamination. It is known that the extractable level of Cs depends on the sort of clay minerals. We tried to find the characteristics of clay minerals belonging to phillosilicate group using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and the relationship between the results of PAS and the amounts of substantially extracted Cs from the clay minerals. The results showed that each clay mineral was found to be distinguishable from other clay minerals by PAS and the extraction rate of Cs was different among those clay minerals, however the direct correlation between the results of PAS and the extraction rates of Cs was not found.

  7. Implications of abundant hygroscopic minerals in the Martian regolith

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    Clark, B. C.

    1978-01-01

    Converging lines of evidence suggest that a significant portion of the Martian surface fines may consist of salts and smectite clays. Salts can form stoichiometric hydrates as well as eutectic solutions with depressed freezing points; clays contain bound water of constitution and adsorb significant quantities of water from the vapor phase. The formation of ice may be suppressed by these minerals in some regions on Mars, and their presence in abundance would imply important consequences for atmospheric and geologic processes and the prospects for exobiology.

  8. Prolonged triboluminescence in clays and other minerals

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    Lahav, N.; Coyne, L. M.; Lawless, J. G.

    1982-01-01

    Samples of various clays and minerals were ground or fractured and monitored with a liquid scintillation spectrometer in order to obtain triboluminescent decay curves. Kaolinite samples displayed several million counts/min after grinding, with a surface area emission estimated at tens of billions of photons/sq cm of surface. The photon production rates varied with the origin of the sample, and kaolinite continually yielded higher production rates than bentonite. The addition of water to the samples slightly increased the count rate of emitted light, while the addition of the fluorescent molecule substance tryptofan significantly enhanced the count rate. Freezing smears of kaolinite and montmorillonite in liquid nitrogen and in a salt ice mixture also induced triboluminescence in the montmorillonite. A possible connection between powdery triboluminescent materials formed in mining industries and respiratory disorders among miners is suggested.

  9. Diagenetic clays as pore-lining minerals in coalbed methane reservoirs

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    Fowler, K.S.; Nick, K.E.

    1996-12-31

    Cleat surfaces from Mary Lee and Black Creek coal seams in the Black Warrior Basin and Fruitland coal from the San Juan Basin show significant amounts of diagenetic quartz, illite, kaolinite, carbonate minerals, barite, gypsum and iron sulfides and sulfates. SEM, XRD, thin section and reflected light microscopy analyses were used to identify and describe diagenetic minerals and surface textures observed along permeable cleat surfaces. SEM-EDS analysis reveals a variety of pore-lining diagenetic minerals with complex crystal morphologies in permeable cleats of preserved core and mine samples. Surface textures were varied from smooth and vitreous, dull and pitted, to rough and irregular with imbedded diagenetic minerals, often clays or sulfides. Illite is the most abundant clay and occurs as surface coatings, aggregates, authigenic crystals embedded in the coal surface, or oriented subparallel to the fracture face. Kaolinite is also abundant and occurs as abraded platelets and loosely attached aggregates packed against steps, as meniscus shapes on smooth fracture faces, and as a thick crust of anhedral crystals. Chlorite, the least abundant clay, appears as sheets of small crystals. Locally abundant sulfate, sulfide and carbonate minerals are present in masses of euhedral crystals or concentrated as thick crusts. Surface irregularities sometimes control the distribution of diagenetic minerals. Coal fines of unambiguous internal origin and masses of clays are often concentrated at surface irregularities such as steps, laminations of interbedded clays, or sulfides and coal and rough areas of fractures. Their distribution suggests mobility within fractures.

  10. Diagenetic clays as pore-lining minerals in coalbed methane reservoirs

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    Fowler, K.S.; Nick, K.E. )

    1996-01-01

    Cleat surfaces from Mary Lee and Black Creek coal seams in the Black Warrior Basin and Fruitland coal from the San Juan Basin show significant amounts of diagenetic quartz, illite, kaolinite, carbonate minerals, barite, gypsum and iron sulfides and sulfates. SEM, XRD, thin section and reflected light microscopy analyses were used to identify and describe diagenetic minerals and surface textures observed along permeable cleat surfaces. SEM-EDS analysis reveals a variety of pore-lining diagenetic minerals with complex crystal morphologies in permeable cleats of preserved core and mine samples. Surface textures were varied from smooth and vitreous, dull and pitted, to rough and irregular with imbedded diagenetic minerals, often clays or sulfides. Illite is the most abundant clay and occurs as surface coatings, aggregates, authigenic crystals embedded in the coal surface, or oriented subparallel to the fracture face. Kaolinite is also abundant and occurs as abraded platelets and loosely attached aggregates packed against steps, as meniscus shapes on smooth fracture faces, and as a thick crust of anhedral crystals. Chlorite, the least abundant clay, appears as sheets of small crystals. Locally abundant sulfate, sulfide and carbonate minerals are present in masses of euhedral crystals or concentrated as thick crusts. Surface irregularities sometimes control the distribution of diagenetic minerals. Coal fines of unambiguous internal origin and masses of clays are often concentrated at surface irregularities such as steps, laminations of interbedded clays, or sulfides and coal and rough areas of fractures. Their distribution suggests mobility within fractures.

  11. Recent advances in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels.

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    Zhao, Li Zhi; Zhou, Chun Hui; Wang, Jing; Tong, Dong Shen; Yu, Wei Hua; Wang, Hao

    2015-12-01

    Clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels have been proven to have exceptional composition, properties, and applications, and consequently have attracted a significant amount of research effort over the past few years. The objective of this paper is to summarize and evaluate scientific advances in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels in terms of their specific preparation, formation mechanisms, properties, and applications, and to identify the prevailing challenges and future directions in the field. The state-of-the-art of existing technologies and insights into the exfoliation of layered clay minerals, in particular montmorillonite and LAPONITE, are discussed first. The formation and structural characteristics of polymer/clay nanocomposite hydrogels made from in situ free radical polymerization, supramolecular assembly, and freezing-thawing cycles are then examined. Studies indicate that additional hydrogen bonding, electrostatic interactions, coordination bonds, hydrophobic interaction, and even covalent bonds could occur between the clay mineral nanoplatelets and polymer chains, thereby leading to the formation of unique three-dimensional networks. Accordingly, the hydrogels exhibit exceptional optical and mechanical properties, swelling-deswelling behavior, and stimuli-responsiveness, reflecting the remarkable effects of clay minerals. With the pivotal roles of clay minerals in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels, the nanocomposite hydrogels possess great potential as superabsorbents, drug vehicles, tissue scaffolds, wound dressing, and biosensors. Future studies should lay emphasis on the formation mechanisms with in-depth insights into interfacial interactions, the tactical functionalization of clay minerals and polymers for desired properties, and expanding of their applications. PMID:26435008

  12. Analysis of mixed-layer clay mineral structures

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    Bradley, W.F.

    1953-01-01

    Among the enormously abundant natural occurrences of clay minerals, many examples are encountered in which no single specific crystallization scheme extends through a single ultimate grain. The characterization of such assemblages becomes an analysis of the distribution of matter within such grains, rather than the simple identification of mineral species. It having become established that the particular coordination complex typified by mica is a common component of many natural subcrystalline assemblages, the opportunity is afforded to analyze scattering from random associations of these complexes with other structural units. Successful analyses have been made of mixed hydration states of montmorillonite, of montmorillonite with mica, of vermiculite with mica, and of montmorillonite with chlorite, all of which are variants of the mica complex, and of halloysite with hydrated halloysite.

  13. The effect of clay minerals on diasterane/sterane ratios

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    van Kaam-Peters, Heidy M. E.; Kster, Jrgen; van der Gaast, Sjierk J.; Dekker, Marln; de Leeuw, Jan W.; Sinninghe Damst, Jaap S.

    1998-09-01

    To examine the effect of clay minerals on diasterane/sterane ratios, the mineral compositions of three sample sets of sedimentary rocks displaying a wide range of diasterane/sterane ratios were analysed quantitatively. Diasterane/sterane ratios do not to correlate with clay content but depend on the amount of clay relative to the amount of organic matter (clay/TOC ratios). This correlation may explain the high diasterane/sterane ratios in crude oils and extracts derived from certain carbonate source rocks. Based on the concentrations of regular and rearranged steroids in the sample sets, it is proposed that diasterenes are partly reduced to diasteranes and partly degraded during diagenesis in a ratio largely determined by the availability of clay minerals. It is suggested that the hydrogen atoms required for reduction of the diasterenes originate from the water in the interlayers of clay minerals.

  14. Clays and Clay Minerals and their environmental application in Food Technology

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    del Hoyo Martínez, Carmen; Cuéllar Antequera, Jorge; Sánchez Escribano, Vicente; Solange Lozano García, Marina; Cutillas Díez, Raul

    2013-04-01

    The clay materials have led to numerous applications in the field of public health (del Hoyo, 2007; Volzone, 2007) having been demonstrated its effectiveness as adsorbents of all contaminants. Some biodegradable materials are used for for adsorption of chemical contaminants: lignins (Valderrabano et al., 2008) and also clays and clay minerals, whose colloidal properties, ease of generating structural changes, abundance in nature, and low cost make them very suitable for this kind of applications. Among the strategies used at present to preserve the quality of the water and this way to diminish the environmental risk that supposes the chemical pollution, stands out the use of adsorbents of under cost, already they are natural or modified, to immobilize these compounds and to avoid the pollution of the water with the consequent reduction of environmental and economic costs Thanks to the development of the science and the technology of the nourishment in the last 50 years, there have revealed itself several new substances that can fulfill beneficial functions in the food, and these substances, named food additives, are today within reach of all. The food additives recover a very important role in the complex nourishing supply. The additives fulfill several useful functions in the food, which often we give for sat. Nevertheless the widespread use of food additives in the food production also influences the public health. The food industries, which are very important for the economy, spill residues proved from its activity that they have to be controlled to evaluate the environmental impact and to offer the necessary information about the quantitative evaluation of the chemical risk of the use of food additives for the public health. We have studied the adsorption of several contaminants by natural or modified clays, searching their interaction mechanisms and the possible recycling of these materials for environmental purposes and prevention of the health. References -del Hoyo, C. (2007). Applied Clay Science. 36, 103-121.Layered Double Hydroxides and human health: An overview. -Valderrábano, M., Rodríguez-Cruz, S., del Hoyo, C., Sánchez-Martín, M.J. (2006). 4th International Workshop "Bioavalailability of pollutants and soil remediation". 1, 5-6. Physicochemical study of the adsorption of pesticides by lignins. -Volzone, C. (2007). Applied Clay Science. 36, 191-196. Retention of pollutant gases: Comparison between clay minerals and their modified products.

  15. Impact-Induced Clay Mineral Formation and Distribution on Mars

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    Rivera-Valentin, E. G.; Craig, P. I.

    2015-01-01

    Clay minerals have been identified in the central peaks and ejecta blankets of impact craters on Mars. Several studies have suggested these clay minerals formed as a result of impact induced hydrothermalism either during Mars' Noachian era or more recently by the melting of subsurface ice. Examples of post-impact clay formation is found in several locations on Earth such as the Mjolnir and Woodleigh Impact Structures. Additionally, a recent study has suggested the clay minerals observed on Ceres are the result of impact-induced hydrothermal processes. Such processes may have occurred on Mars, possibly during the Noachian. Distinguishing between clay minerals formed preor post-impact can be accomplished by studying their IR spectra. In fact, showed that the IR spectra of clay minerals is greatly affected at longer wavelengths (i.e. mid-IR, 5-25 micron) by impact-induced shock deformation while the near-IR spectra (1.0-2.5 micron) remains relatively unchanged. This explains the discrepancy between NIR and MIR observations of clay minerals in martian impact craters noted. Thus, it allows us to determine whether a clay mineral formed from impact-induced hydrothermalism or were pre-existing and were altered by the impact. Here we study the role of impacts on the formation and distribution of clay minerals on Mars via a fully 3-D Monte Carlo cratering model, including impact- melt production using results from modern hydrocode simulations. We identify regions that are conducive to clay formation and the location of clay minerals post-bombardment.

  16. Relationship between sediment clay minerals and total mercury.

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    Kongchum, Manoch; Hudnall, Wayne H; DeLaune, R D

    2011-01-01

    A group of 262 sediment samples were collected from various lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and bayous of Louisiana. All samples were analyzed for total mercury. Twenty nine of the samples with total mercury content ranging from 11 to 401 ppb (?g/kg) were analyzed for clay minerals and other sediment physical and chemical properties. Clay content in sediments varied from 3 to 72%. Clay minerals were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Identification of clay minerals was determined by MacDiff software and quantification of clay minerals was obtained by Peak Height Percentage (PHP) calculation. The dominant clay mineral was Hydrated Interlayer Vermiculite (HIV), which represented 51-83% of the total clay mineral. Significant linear correlations were observed between Hg and total clay content (r=0.538**). However Smectite was the only individual clay type correlated (r=0.465**) with mercury in sediment. Cation exchange capacity (r=0.404*), organic matter (r=0.577**), and sulfur (r=0.676**) were also correlated significantly with mercury level in sediment. PMID:21469014

  17. Clay mineral formation and transformation in rocks and soils

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    Eberl, D.D.

    1983-01-01

    Three mechanisms for clay mineral formation (inheritance, neoformation, and transformation) operating in three geological environments (weathering, sedimentary, and diagenetic-hydrothermal) yield nine possibilities for the origin of clay minerals in nature. Several of these possibilities are discussed in terms of the rock cycle. The mineralogy of clays neoformed in the weathering environment is a function of solution chemistry, with the most dilute solutions favoring formation of the least soluble clays. After erosion and transportation, these clays may be deposited on the ocean floor in a lateral sequence that depends on floccule size. Clays undergo little reaction in the ocean, except for ion exchange and the neoformation of smectite; therefore, most clays found on the ocean floor are inherited from adjacent continents. Upon burial and heating, however, dioctahedral smectite reacts in the diagenetic environment to yield mixed-layer illite-smectite, and finally illite. With uplift and weathering, the cycle begins again. Refs.

  18. Microbe-Clay Mineral Reactions and Characterization Techniques

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    Dong, H.; Zhang, G.; Ji, S.; Jaisi, D.; Kim, J.

    2008-12-01

    Clays and clay minerals are ubiquitous in soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks. They play an important role in environmental processes such as nutrient cycling, plant growth, contaminant migration, organic matter maturation, and petroleum production. The changes in the oxidation state of the structural iron in clay minerals, in part, control their physical and chemical properties in natural environments, such as clay particle flocculation, dispersion, swelling, hydraulic conductivity, surface area, cation and anion exchange capacity, and reactivity towards organic and inorganic contaminants. The structural ferric iron [Fe(III)] in clay minerals can be reduced either chemically or biologically. Many different chemical reductants have been tried, but the most commonly used agent is dithionite. Biological reductants are bacteria, including dissimilatory iron reducing prokaryotes (DIRP) and sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB). A wide variety of DIRP have been used to reduce ferric iron in clay minerals, including mesophilic, thermophilic, and hyperthermophilic prokaryotes. Multiple clay minerals have been used for microbial reduction studies, including smectite, nontronite (iron-rich smectite variety), illite, illite/smectite, chlorite, and their various mixtures. All these clay minerals are reducible by microorganisms under various conditions with smectite (nontronite) being the most reducible. The reduction extent and rate of ferric iron in clay minerals are measured by wet chemistry, and the reduced clay mineral products are typically characterized with chemical methods, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, Mssbauer spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis spectroscopy, and synchrotron-based techniques (such as EXAFS). Microbially reduced smectites (nontronites) have been found to be reactive in reducing a variety of organic and inorganic contaminants. Degradable organic contaminants include pesticides, solvents, explosives, and nitroaromatic and polychlorinated compounds. Inorganic contaminants include Cr(VI), U(VI), and Tc(VII). Despite significant efforts, our understanding of mechanisms of chemical and microbial reduction of ferric iron in clay minerals is still limited. While some studies have presented evidence for a solid-state reduction mechanism, others argue that the clay mineral structure dissolves when the extent of reduction is higher (greater than 30 percent). The electron transfer process is also dependent on the reducing agent. While chemical reduction of ferric iron appears to occur at the basal surfaces, bacteria appear to attack clay minerals at the edges.

  19. Toxicological evaluation of clay minerals and derived nanocomposites: a review.

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    Maisanaba, Sara; Pichardo, Silvia; Puerto, Mara; Gutirrez-Praena, Daniel; Camen, Ana M; Jos, Angeles

    2015-04-01

    Clays and clay minerals are widely used in many facets of our society. This review addresses the main clays of each phyllosilicate groups, namely, kaolinite, montmorillonite (Mt) and sepiolite, placing special emphasis on Mt and kaolinite, which are the clays that are more frequently used in food packaging, one of the applications that are currently exhibiting higher development. The improvements in the composite materials obtained from clays and polymeric matrices are remarkable and well known, but the potential toxicological effects of unmodified or modified clay minerals and derived nanocomposites are currently being investigated with increased interest. In this sense, this work focused on a review of the published reports related to the analysis of the toxicological profile of commercial and novel modified clays and derived nanocomposites. An exhaustive review of the main in vitro and in vivo toxicological studies, antimicrobial activity assessments, and the human and environmental impacts of clays and derived nanocomposites was performed. From the analysis of the scientific literature different conclusions can be derived. Thus, in vitro studies suggest that clays in general induce cytotoxicity (with dependence on the clay, concentration, experimental system, etc.) with different underlying mechanisms such as necrosis/apoptosis, oxidative stress or genotoxicity. However, most of in vivo experiments performed in rodents showed no clear evidences of systemic toxicity even at doses of 5000mg/kg. Regarding to humans, pulmonary exposure is the most frequent, and although clays are usually mixed with other minerals, they have been reported to induce pneumoconiosis per se. Oral exposure is also common both intentionally and unintentionally. Although they do not show a high toxicity through this pathway, toxic effects could be induced due to the increased or reduced exposure to mineral elements. Finally, there are few studies about the effects of clay minerals on wildlife, with laboratory trials showing contradictory outcomes. Clay minerals have different applications in the environment, thus with a strict control of the concentrations used, they can provide beneficial uses. Despite the extensive number of reports available, there is also a need of systematic in vitro-in vivo extrapolation studies, with still scarce information on toxicity biomarkers such as inmunomodulatory effects or alteration of the genetic expression. In conclusion, a case by case toxicological evaluation is required taking into account that different clays have their own toxicological profiles, their modification can change this profile, and the potential increase of the human/environmental exposure to clay minerals due to their novel applications. PMID:25732897

  20. The paleoclimatic interpretation of clay minerals in sediments a review

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    Singer, Arieh

    1984-12-01

    The application of paleoclimatic interpretation to clay minerals from continental and marine sediments is reviewed and the advantages of this method are indicated. Levels relatively rich in chlorite, illite, palygorskite and quartz are interpreted as corresponding to relatively dry periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of clay minerals more advanced in the relative stability scale, such as kaolinite. Smectite is taken to indicate a climate with contrasting seasons and a pronounced dry season. Using this and similar schemes, the paleoclimates of areas adjoining the Mediterranean Basin, North Sea, North Atlantic, Southern Arctic, Equatorial and North-West Pacific, and North Phillipine Sea are reconstructed. Clay minerals in sediments, particularly marine sediments, can be useful indicators of paleoclimatic conditions. While they do not produce direct indications of climatic parameters, they provide integrated records of overall climatic impact. Occasionally, they may be superior to the more conventional paleoclimatic methods, such as pollen or oxygen-isotope analysis. The limitations imposed on the paleoclimatic interpretation of clay minerals in sediments are discussed on the basis of examples. The distinction between authigenic and detrital clay minerals is shown to be problematic, particularly with regard to smectite. The relationship between climatic parameters and clay-mineral formation is complicated by the intervention of extra-climatic factors such as topography, geomorphology, lithology and time. Post-depositional diagenetic changes may not be recognized. Differentiation during transport, due to size sorting or differential flocculation may overlap climate-induced differentiation. The association of clay-mineral assemblages with specific source areas presents difficulties due to dispersal pathways that are affected by type of transport agency, i.e., water, ice or wind. Transport agencies are not constant with time. By an interdisciplinary approach, with the paleoclimatic information derived from clay minerals being correlated with that obtained from the analysis of microfossils and oxygen isotope data, many of these limitations can be overcome.

  1. Geochemistry of clay minerals for uranium exploration in the Grants mineral belt, New Mexico

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    Brookins, D. G.

    1982-03-01

    Clay mineralogy studies of ore rocks versus barren rocks in the Grants mineral belt, New Mexico, show that some combination of chlorite (rosette form), illite, mixed-layer illite-montmorillonite, (Mg-montmorillonite) are penecontemporaneous with uranium minerals in trend ore; these same clay minerals plus kaolinite are related to the roll-type ore near the main redox front of the Grants mineral belt. Clay minerals from barren rocks are characterized by a greater abundance of Na-montmorillonite, kaolinite, and face-to-edge form chlorite. Chlorites from ore zones contain much more vanadium than do chlorites from barren rocks. Trend orr probably formed from southeasterly flowing waters following paleochannels in the Late Jurassic. These deposits are found almost entirely in reduced rocks, and organic carbon may have been an important reductant to remove U-V-U-V-Se-Mo from solution as carbonate from ore zones contains some organic carbon based on stable isotope studies. Uplift, remobilization, and reprecipitation of some of the trend ore resulted in the formation of redistributed ore, some of which possesses a roll-type geometry. Mineralization for the roll-type ore was apparently controlled by sulfide-sulfate equilibria at or near the main redox front in the Grants mineral belt. Trend and roll-type ore possess different assemblages of clay minerals and different trace element abundances. Laramide-age faults cut both trend ore and some roll-type ores. Stack ore is found in Laramide-age fault zones. Limited oxygen isotopic data from clay minerals collected from two mines at Ambrosia Lake in reduced rocks indicate probable preservation of ancient, formational waters and show no evidence of infiltration by young meteoric waters. This information, plus the pre-Laramide-age faults, suggest, but do not unequivocally prove, that the main redox front has been relatively stable since its formation, probably some time in the Cretaceous. Younger encroachment of the redox front in post-Laramide time is proposed by others, however, and the problem is unresolved. Uranium for the deposits was most likely carried in solution as an oxyion, probably as (UO2(CO3)22H2O2- or (UO2(HPO4)2)2-, although organic transport cannot be entirely ruled out. Oxyions of vanadium, selenium, molybdenum and possible arsenic and antimony, are interpreted from Eh-pH diagrams to have been segregated and transported with U6+ soluble species and precipitated when a chemically reducing environment was reached. The rare-earth elements are also enriched in ore zones, but is it not clear if they were transported with the U-V-Se-Mo-(As)-(Sb) suite or derived from a more local source.

  2. Clay Mineral Assemblages as Proxies for Reconstructing Messinian Paleoenvironments in the Western Mediterranean

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    Martinez-Ruiz, Francisca; Comas, Menchu; Vasconcelos, Crisogono

    2014-05-01

    Significant tectonic and climate changes at time of the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC) led to a complex sedimentation involving marked changes in sediment composition, particularly in clay mineral assemblages. One of the noticeable mineralogical changes across this time interval is the strong smectite increase in Messinian deposits in comparison to the underlying Tortonian and overlaying Pliocene sediments. As no break in the clay mineralogy is recognized in the open ocean (Chamley et al., 1978), such changes are also distinctive of the Mediterranean basins. Since the early discoveries of the giant Messinian evaporite formation (DSDP Legs 13 and 42A), a vast literature contributed, during the last decades, to the continuous debate and re-examination of the actual Messinian paleoenvironment. Drilled records in the westernmost Mediterranean (Alboran Sea) have shown significant changes in the mineralogical assemblages associated to the Messinian events. This basin is depleted of significant salt deposits. Site 976 (ODP Leg 161) recovered a 670-m-thick, middle Miocene (Serravallian) to Pleistocene/Holocene sedimentary sequence, including a thin interval of Messinian sediment, lying directly upon the metamorphic basement. Analysis of clay mineral assemblages from the sedimentary cover of Hole 976B revealed an homogeneous clay association composed of illite, smectite, chlorite and kaolinite with no major changes in clay mineral abundances except for the sediment interval dated as Messinian, which is characterized by a sharp smectite increase (Martinez-Ruiz et al., 1999). Transmission Electron Microscope analyses of clay minerals revealed that smectite composition corresponds to Al-rich beidellites, which supports the existence of such smectites in peri-Mediterranean soils. Smectite formation was favored by the climate conditions at that time, comprising progressive aridification and the alternation of wet and dry climatic episodes. Diagenesis in these smectites is negligible, further evidencing a detrital origin. However, a closer look at clay mineral associations provides an alternate understanding of clay mineral origin, including the possibility of smectite authigenesis in a Mg-rich paleoenvironment. Furthermore, fibrous clays could have originated in such environments. Relationships between Mg-rich clays and carbonates in Messinian sediments should be a next step to explore further constraints on depositional conditions. Chamley, H., Dunoyer-de-Segonzac, G., & Melieres, F. (1978). Clay minerals in Messinian sediments of the Mediterranean Sea. Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project, Vol. 42, Part 1, pp. 389-395. Martinez-Ruiz, F., Comas, M. C., & Alonso, B. (1999). Mineral associations and geochemical indicators in Upper Miocene to Pleistocene sediments in the Alboran Basin. In: Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Reports, Vol. 161, pp. 21-37.

  3. Differentiation of pleistocene deposits in northeastern Kansas by clay minerals

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    Tien, P.-L.

    1968-01-01

    Seventy-four samples from eight stratigraphic sections of lower Pleistocene glacial and glaciofluvial deposits in Doniphan County, extreme northeastern Kansas, were analyzed using X-ray diffraction techniques. Clay-mineral assemblages of the <2 ?? fraction of these deposits are nearly identical, consisting of a mixed-layer clay mineral associated with minor amounts of kaolinite and illite. An attempt was made to differentiate units of till and nontill deposits by using the relative intensities of 001 reflections of "mixed-layer mineral," kaolinite, and illite. At least two tills were recognizable. Associated nontill deposits, could not be differentiated from one another, although the nontills are easily distinguished from tills. ?? 1968.

  4. Adsorption coefficients for TNT on soil and clay minerals

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    Rivera, Rosngela; Pabn, Julissa; Prez, Omarie; Muoz, Miguel A.; Mina, Nairmen

    2007-04-01

    To understand the fate and transport mechanisms of TNT from buried landmines is it essential to determine the adsorption process of TNT on soil and clay minerals. In this research, soil samples from horizons Ap and A from Jobos Series at Isabela, Puerto Rico were studied. The clay fractions were separated from the other soil components by centrifugation. Using the hydrometer method the particle size distribution for the soil horizons was obtained. Physical and chemical characterization studies such as cation exchange capacity (CEC), surface area, percent of organic matter and pH were performed for the soil and clay samples. A complete mineralogical characterization of clay fractions using X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the presence of kaolinite, goethite, hematite, gibbsite and quartz. In order to obtain adsorption coefficients (K d values) for the TNT-soil and TNT-clay interactions high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used. The adsorption process for TNT-soil was described by the Langmuir model. A higher adsorption was observed in the Ap horizon. The Freundlich model described the adsorption process for TNT-clay interactions. The affinity and relative adsorption capacity of the clay for TNT were higher in the A horizon. These results suggest that adsorption by soil organic matter predominates over adsorption on clay minerals when significant soil organic matter content is present. It was found that, properties like cation exchange capacity and surface area are important factors in the adsorption of clayey soils.

  5. Sorption of Metal Ions on Clay Minerals.

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    Schlegel; Charlet; Manceau

    1999-12-15

    The mechanism of Co uptake from aqueous solution onto hectorite (a magnesian smectite) and its impact on the stability of this clay mineral were investigated as a function of Co concentration (TotCo = 20 to 200 M, 0.3 M NaNO(3)) and ionic strength (0.3 and 0.01 M NaNO(3), TotCo = 100 M) by combining kinetics measurements and Co K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. The morphology of the sorbent phase was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and consists of lath-type particles bounded by large basal planes and layer edges. At low ionic strength (0.01 M NaNO(3)), important Co uptake occurred within the first 5 min of reaction, consistent with Co adsorption on exchange sites of hectorite basal planes. Thereafter, the sorption rate dramatically decreased. In contrast, at high ionic strength (0.3 M NaNO(3)), Co uptake rate was much slower within the first 5 min and afterward higher than at 0.01 M NaNO(3), consistent with Co adsorption on specific surface sites located on the edges of hectorite. Time-dependent isotherms for Co uptake at high ionic strength indicated the existence of several sorption mechanisms having distinct equilibration times. The dissolution of hectorite was monitored before and after Co addition. A congruent dissolution regime was observed prior to Co addition. Just after Co addition, an excess release of Mg relatively to congruent dissolution rates occurred at both high and low ionic strengths. At high ionic strength, this excess release nearly equaled the amount of sorbed Co. The dissolution rate of hectorite then decreased at longer Co sorption times. EXAFS spectra of hectorite reacted with Co at high and low ionic strengths and for reaction times longer than 6 h, exhibited similar features, suggesting that the local structural environments of Co atoms are similar. Spectral simulations revealed the occurrence of approximately 2 Mg and approximately 2 Si neighboring cations at interatomic distances characteristic of edge-sharing linkages between Co and Mg octahedra and corner-sharing linkages between Co octahedra and Si tetrahedra, respectively. This local structure is characteristic of inner sphere mononuclear surface complexes at layer edges of hectorite platelets. The occurrence of these complexes even at low ionic strength apparently conflicts with kinetics results, as exchangeable divalent cations are known to form outer sphere surface complexes. To clarify this issue, the amount of Co adsorbed on exchange sites was calculated from the solute Co concentration, assuming that cation exchange was always at equilibrium. These calculations showed that sorbed Co was transferred within 48 h from exchange sites to edge sorption sites. Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:10607458

  6. Intercalation of Trichloroethene by Sediment-Associated Clay Minerals

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    Matthieu, Donald E.; Brusseau, Mark; Johnson, G. R.; Artiola, J. L.; Bowden, Mark E.; Curry, J. E.

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this research was to examine the potential for intercalation of trichloroethene (TCE) by clay minerals associated with aquifer sediments. Sediment samples were collected from a field site inTucson, AZ. Two widely used Montmorillonite specimen clays were employed as controls. X-ray diffraction, conducted with a controlled-environment chamber, was used to characterize smectite interlayer dspacing for three treatments (bulk air-dry sample, sample mixed with synthetic groundwater, sample mixed with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater). The results show that the d-spacing measured for the samples treated with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater are larger (*26%) than those of the untreated samples for all field samples as well as the specimen clays. These results indicate that TCE was intercalated by the clay minerals, which may have contributed to the extensive elution tailing observed in prior miscible-displacement experiments conducted with this sediment.

  7. Fluoride content of clay minerals and argillaceous earth materials

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    Thomas, J., Jr.; Glass, H.D.; White, W.A.; Trandel, R.M.

    1977-01-01

    A reliable method, utilizing a fluoride ion-selective electrode, is described for the determination of fluoride in clays and shales. Interference by aluminum and iron is minimal. The reproducibility of the method is about ??5% at different levels of fluoride concentration. Data are presented for various clay minerals and for the <2-??m fractions of marine and nonmarine clays and shales. Fluoride values range from 44 ppm (0.0044%) for nontronite from Colfax, WA, to 51,800 ppm (5.18%) for hectorite from Hector, CA. In general, clays formed under hydrothermal conditions are relatively high in fluoride content, provided the hydrothermal waters are high in fluoride content. Besides hectorite, dickite from Ouray, CO, was found to contain more than 50 times as much fluoride (6700 ppm) as highly crystalline geode kaolinite (125 ppm). The clay stratum immediately overlying a fluorite mineralized zone in southern Illinois was found to have a higher fluoride content than the same stratum in a nonmineralized zone approximately 1 mile away. Nonmarine shales in contact with Australian coals were found to be lower in fluoride content than were marine shales in contact with Illinois coals. It is believed that, in certain instances, peak shifts on DTA curves of similar clay minerals are the result of significant differences in their fluoride content. ?? 1977.

  8. Immersion Freezing of Clay Minerals and its Time Dependence

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    Hiranuma, N.; Moehler, O.; Bundke, U.; Cziczo, D. J.; Danielczok, A.; Ebert, M.; Garimella, S.; Hoffmann, N.; Kanji, Z. A.; Kiselev, A. A.; Raddatz, M.; Stetzer, O.

    2012-12-01

    Immersion ice nucleation efficiency of clay minerals has been investigated using the AIDA (Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere) cloud chamber. Various clay dust samples, including two illite as well as three kaolinite standards, have been examined in the temperature range between 238 K and 255 K. We observed two trends in immersion ice nucleation properties as cloud expansion conditions in the AIDA are varied. First, as previously described in the literature, the supersaturation required for the immersion freezing of clay minerals decreased with decreasing temperature and increasing inferred ice-active surface site densities. Second, the ice nucleation activity of clay minerals strongly depended on the solo-parameter, which is the rate change in temperature (i.e., dNice/dT = ∂Nice/∂t ÷ ∂T/∂t). Further time dependence of ice formation is investigated and discussed as a function of cooling rates, ice nuclei (IN), and aerosol concentrations. Ice residuals collected through a pumped counterflow virtual impactor are examined by electron microprobe analyses to seek the true chemical and physical identity of IN in clay minerals. Brief comparisons of AIDA measurement to the measurements with other ice nucleation chambers (e.g., ETH-PINC, FINCH, and commercially available DMT-SPIN) are also presented.

  9. Enchanted Clays: 44th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society (June 2007)

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    Randall T. Cygan

    2007-06-01

    “Enchanted Clays: 44th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society” was held in early June 2007 in beautiful and historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Santa Fe provided an idyllic location in the southwestern United States for the attendees to enjoy technical and social sessions while soaking up the diverse culture and wonderful climate of New Mexico—The Land of Enchantment. The meeting included a large and varied group of scientists, sharing knowledge and ideas, benefitting from technical interactions, and enjoying the wonderful historic and enchanted environs of Santa Fe. Including significant number of international scientists, the meeting was attended by approximately two hundred participants. The meeting included three days of technical sessions (oral and poster presentations), three days of field trips to clay and geological sites of northern New Mexico, and a full day workshop on the stabilization of carbon by clays. Details can be found at the meeting web site: www.sandia.gov/clay.

  10. Iodide interactions with clay minerals: Batch and diffusion studies

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    Miller, A. W.; Kruichak, J.; Mills, M.; Wang, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Clay minerals are likely candidates to aid in nuclear waste isolation due to their low permeability, favorable swelling properties, and high cation sorption capacities. Iodine-129 is often the major driver of exposure risk from nuclear waste repositories at timescales >10,000 years. Therefore, understanding the geochemical cycling of iodine in clays is critical in developing defensible quantitative descriptions of nuclear waste disposal. Anions are not typically considered to interact with most clays as it is assumed that the fixed negative charge of clays actively repels the dissoloved anion. This is corroborated by many batch studies, but diffusion experiments in compacted clays have shown iodide retardation relative to chloride. The reasons for this are unknown; however, several possible hypotheses include: redox transformation controls on sorption behavior, complex surface charge environments due to overlapping charge domains, and sorption to ancillary minerals or weathering products. Seven different clay minerals have been examined using several techniques to chracterize the surface charge environment and iodide uptake. The use of a series of clays shifts the independent variable away from water chemistry characteristics (pH, contaminant concentration), and toward structural characterisitics of clay minerals including isomorphous substitution and clay texture. Iodide uptake batch experiments were completed with the clay minerals in a range of swamping electrolytes. The results give evidence for a novel uptake mechanism involving ion pair formation and iodide concentration within nano-confined environments. These results were further tested using diffusional columns where nano-confined regimes make up a larger proportion of the total porosity. These columns were compacted to different hydrostatic pressures and saturated with different ionic compositions. Porosity distributions were characterized with a fluoride tracer. Iodide diffusion characteristics were found to be dependent on ionic composition and confining pressure. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corperation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Nation Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  11. First Direct Detection of Clay Minerals on Mars

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    Singer, R. B.; Owensby, P. D.; Clark, R. N.

    1985-01-01

    Magnesian clays or clay-type minerals were conclusively detected in the martian regolith. Near-IR spectral observations of Mars using the Mauna Kea 2.2-m telescope show weak but definite absorption bands near microns. The absorption band positions and widths match those produced by combined OH stretch and Mg-OH lattice modes and are diagnostic of minerals with structural OH such as clays and amphiboles. Likely candidate minerals include serpentine, talc, hectorite, and sponite. There is no spectral evidence for aluminous hydroxylated minerals. No distinct band occurs at 2.55 microns, as would be expected if carbonates were responsible for the 2.35 micron absorption. High-albedo regions such as Elysium and Utopia have the strongest bands near 2.35 microns, as would be expected for heavily weathered soils. Low-albedo regions such as Iapygia show weaker but distinct bands, consistent with moderate coatings, streaks, and splotches of bright weathered material. In all areas observed, the 2.35-micron absorption is at least three times weaker than would be expected if well-crystallized clay minerals made up the bulk of bright soils on Mars.

  12. Heteroaggregation of Silver Nanoparticles with Clay Minerals in Aqueous System

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    Liu, J.; Burrow, E.; Hwang, Y.; Lenhart, J.

    2013-12-01

    Nanoparticles are increasingly being used in industrial processes and consumer products that exploit their beneficial properties and improve our daily lives. Nevertheless, they also attract attention when released into natural environment due to their potential for causing adverse effects. The fate and transport of nanoparticles in aqueous systems have been the focus of intense study. However, their interactions with other natural particles have received only limited attention. Clay minerals are ubiquitous in most aquatic systems and their variably charged surfaces can act as deposition sites that can alter the fate and transport of nanoparticles in natural aqueous environments. In this study, we investigated the homoaggregation of silver nanoparticles with different coating layers and their heteroaggregation behavior with clay minerals (illite, kaolinite, montmorillonite) in neutral pH solutions. Silver nanoparticles with a nominal diameter of 80 nm were synthesized with three different surface coating layers: uncoated, citrate-coated and Tween-coated. Illite (IMt-2), kaolinite (KGa-2), and montmorillonite (SWy-2) were purchased from the Clay Mineral Society (Indiana) and pretreated to obtain monocationic (Na-clay) and dicationic (Ca-clay) suspensions before the experiments. The change in hydrodynamic diameter as a function of time was monitored using dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements in order to evaluate early stage aggregation as a function of electrolyte concentration in both the homo- and heteroaggregation scenarios. A shift in the critical coagulation concentration (CCC) values to lower electrolyte concentrations was observed in binary systems, compared to single silver nanoparticle and clay systems. The results also suggest more rapid aggregation in binary system during the early aggregation stage when compared to the single-particle systems. The behavior of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles was similar to that of the bare particles, while the Tween-coated silver nanoparticles showed high stability in both single and binary systems. There were no significant differences in early stage aggregation kinetics observed inthe Na-clay-nanoparticle or Ca-clay-nanoparticle systems, which suggested that the CCC values of the single Na- or Ca-clay suspensions depend only on the electrolyte concentration, not the original cations on the clay surface. These results provide a basic idea for understanding the heteroaggregation of different silver nanoparticles and clays, which can be utilized in further study of fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles in natural aqueous system.

  13. Picloram and Aminopyralid Sorption to Soil and Clay Minerals

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    Aminopyralid sorption data are lacking, and these data are needed to predict off-target transport and plant available herbicide in soil solution. The objective of this research was to determine the sorption of picloram and aminopyralid to five soils and three clay minerals and determine if the pote...

  14. Sorption of Metal Ions on Clay Minerals.

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    Schlegel; Manceau; Chateigner; Charlet

    1999-07-01

    The local structural environment of Co sorbed on hectorite (a magnesian smectite) has been investigated by polarized EXAFS (P-EXAFS) spectroscopy on a self-supporting film of Co-sorbed hectorite. This sorption sample was prepared by contacting Co and hectorite at pH 6.5 and at high ionic strength (0.3 M NaNO3) to favor pH-dependent sorption reaction over cation exchange. A self-supporting film was elaborated after 120 h of reacting time, when apparent quasi-equilibrium conditions were attained. The half-width at half maximum of the orientation distribution of c* axis of individual clay platelets off the film normal was determined by quantitative texture analysis, and found to be equal to 18.9 degrees. Co K-edge P-EXAFS spectra were recorded at angles between the incident beam and the film normal equal to 0 degrees, 35 degrees, 50 degrees, and 60 degrees; the 90 degrees spectrum was obtained by extrapolation. Spectral analysis led to the identification of the two nearest cationic subshells containing 1.6 +/- 0.4 Mg at 3.03 and 2.2 +/- 0.5 Si at 3.27 . These distances are respectively characteristic of edge-sharing linkages between Mg and Co octahedra and of corner-sharing linkages between Co octahedra and Si tetrahedra, as in clay structures. The angular dependence of the Co-Mg and Co-Si contributions indicates that Co-Mg pairs are oriented parallel to the film plane, whereas Co-Si pairs are not. These results are interpreted by the formation of Co inner-sphere mononuclear surface complexes located at the edges of hectorite platelets, in the continuity of the (Mg, Li) octahedral sheet. Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:10362483

  15. Role of clay minerals in the formation of atmospheric aggregates of Saharan dust

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    Cuadros, Javier; Diaz-Hernandez, José L.; Sanchez-Navas, Antonio; Garcia-Casco, Antonio

    2015-11-01

    Saharan dust can travel long distances in different directions across the Atlantic and Europe, sometimes in episodes of high dust concentration. In recent years it has been discovered that Saharan dust aerosols can aggregate into large, approximately spherical particles of up to 100 μm generated within raindrops that then evaporate, so that the aggregate deposition takes place most times in dry conditions. These aerosol aggregates are an interesting phenomenon resulting from the interaction of mineral aerosols and atmospheric conditions. They have been termed "iberulites" due to their discovery and description from aerosol deposits in the Iberian Peninsula. Here, these aggregates are further investigated, in particular the role of the clay minerals in the aggregation process of aerosol particles. Iberulites, and common aerosol particles for reference, were studied from the following periods or single dust events and locations: June 1998 in Tenerife, Canary Islands; June 2001 to August 2002, Granada, Spain; 13-20 August 2012, Granada; and 1-6 June 2014, Granada. Their mineralogy, chemistry and texture were analysed using X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe analysis, SEM and TEM. The mineral composition and structure of the iberulites consists of quartz, carbonate and feldspar grains surrounded by a matrix of clay minerals (illite, smectite and kaolinite) that also surrounds the entire aggregate. Minor phases, also distributed homogenously within the iberulites, are sulfates and Fe oxides. Clays are apparently more abundant in the iberulites than in the total aerosol deposit, suggesting that iberulite formation concentrates clays. Details of the structure and composition of iberulites differ from descriptions of previous samples, which indicates dependence on dust sources and atmospheric conditions, possibly including anthropic activity. Iberulites are formed by coalescence of aerosol mineral particles captured by precursor water droplets. The concentration of clays in the iberulites is suggested to be the result of higher efficiency for clay capture than for the capture of larger mineral grains. The high hygroscopicity of clay minerals probably causes retention of water in the evaporation stage and some secondary minerals (mainly gypsum) are associated with clays.

  16. Clay mineral evolution in the central Yellow Sea mud deposits

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    Cho, H. G.; Kim, D. C.; Yi, H.-I.

    2012-04-01

    The Yellow Sea, a typical epicontinental shelf located between China and Korea, has attracted by many researchers for the study of late Quaternary land-ocean interaction and paleoenvironmental changes. There are four main mudbelt deposits such as North Yellow Sea Mud (NWMD), Central Yellow Sea Mud (CYSM), Southeastern Yellow Sea Mud (SWYSM), and Southwestern Cheju Island Mud (SWCIM). These mudbelt deposits are mostly composed of fine-grained sediments with detrital origin, which mainly come from several rivers in China and Korea. In this study we reconstruct the evolution of clay mineral assemblages in Core YS11-PCL14 (35o 47.07'N, 124 o 06.89' E) retrieved from the Central Yellow Sea Mud. Clay mineral compositions of 67 samples taken at ~10 cm intervals from YS11-PLC14 core sediments and 31 river sediments flowed into the Yellow Sea were determined using the semi-quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis. The clay-mineral assemblage of core sediments are composed of illite (60~75%), chlorite (11~23%), kaolinite (10~15%), and smectite (1~7%), in decreasing order. The ratio (smectite/illite)*100 is abruptly decreases at depth around 200 cm, and is corresponded to abrupt increase in clay fraction. The lower part of core sediments having higher (smectite/illite)*100 ratio are derived ultimately from the Huanghe, because Huanghe only discharges sediments containing the higher (smectite/illite)*100 ratio among the rivers flowed into the Yellow Sea. According to age-dating in the adjacent Core 06-2 (35o 00'N, 124 o 25' E), the depth at abrupt change in clay fraction corresponds to about 5,000 yr. Clay mineral evolution in Central Yellow Sea Mud is closely related to changes in sediment provenance and paleoenvironment. Sea level rise and the strength of the Kuroshio Current control the dispersal and deposition of clays on the Yellow Sea shelf, and thus, determine the clay mineral compositions in the core sediments. Before 5,000 yr, sediments discharged from Huanghe have a wide influence on the sedimentology of the Yellow Sea. After 5,000 yr, influence from Huanghe decreased while Changjiang river and Korean river sediments became the dominant sediment source to the Central Yellow Sea Mud. The decreasing influence of the Huanghe-sourced sediments after 5,000 yr was probably related to the complex current regime, particularly associated with development and intrusion of Kuroshio Current into the Yellow Sea which would have considerably influenced dispersion and deposition of the Changjiang and Korean river sediments.

  17. Sorption of tylosin on clay minerals.

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    Zhang, Qian; Yang, Chen; Huang, Weilin; Dang, Zhi; Shu, Xiaohua

    2013-11-01

    The equilibrium sorption of tylosin (TYL) on kaolinite and montmorillonite was measured at different solution pH using batch reactor systems. The results showed that all the sorption isotherms were nonlinear and that the nonlinearity decreased as the solution pH increased for a given clay. At a specific aqueous concentration, the single-point sorption distribution coefficient (KD) of TYL decreased rapidly as the solution pH increased. A speciation-dependent sorption model that accounted for the contributions of the cationic and neutral forms of TYL fit the data well, suggesting that the sorption may be dominated by both ion exchange and hydrophobic interactions. The isotherm data also fit well to a dual mode model that quantifies the contributions of a site-limiting Langmuir component (ion exchange) and a non-specific linear partitioning component (hydrophobic interactions). X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that the interlayers of montmorillonite were expanded due to the uptake of TYL. TYL molecules likely form a monolayer surface coverage. PMID:24007614

  18. Adsorption of diethyl phthalate ester to clay minerals.

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    Wu, Yanhua; Si, Youbin; Zhou, Dongmei; Gao, Juan

    2015-01-01

    Phthalate esters are a group of plasticizers, which have been widely detected in China's agricultural and industrial soils. In this study, batch adsorption experiments were conducted to investigate the environmental effects on the adsorption of diethyl phthalate ester (DEP) to clay minerals. The results showed that DEP adsorption isotherms were well fitted with the Freundlich model; the interlayer spacing of K(+) saturated montmorillonite (K-mont) was the most important adsorption area for DEP, and di-n-butyl ester (DnBP) was limited to intercalate into the interlayer of K-mont due to the bigger molecular size; there was no significant effect of pH and ionic strength on DEP adsorption to K-mont/Ca-mont, but to Na-mont clay. The adsorption to kaolinite was very limited. Data of X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectra further proved that DEP molecules could intercalate into K-/Ca-mont interlayer, and might interact with clay through H-bonding between carbonyl groups and clay adsorbed water. Coated humic acid on clay surface would enhance DEP adsorption at low concentration, but not at high concentration (eg. Ce>0.26 mM). The calculated adsorption enthalpy (?Hobs) and adsorption isotherms at varied temperatures showed that DEP could be adsorbed easier as more adsorbed. This study implied that clay type, compound structure, exchangeable cation, soil organic matter and temperature played important roles in phthalate ester's transport in soil. PMID:25150972

  19. Environmental applications of radiation-induced defects in clay minerals

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    Allard, T.

    2011-12-01

    Radiation effects on clay minerals have been studied over the last 35 years, providing a wealth of information on environmental and geological processes. They have been applied to the reconstruction of past radioelement migrations in the geosphere, the dating of clay minerals from soils or the evolution of the physico-chemical properties under irradiation. All known radiation-induced point defects in clay minerals are detected using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. They mostly consist in electron holes located on oxygen atoms of the structure, and can be differentiated through their nature and their thermal stability. For instance, several are associated to a π orbital on a Si-O bond. One defect, namely the A-center, is stable over geological periods at ambiant temperature. These point defects are produced mainly by ionizing radiations. By contrast to point defects, it was shown that electron or heavy ion irradiation easily produces amorphization in smectites. Two main applications of radiation-induced defects in clay minerals are derived : (i) the use of defects as tracers of past radioactivity. In geosystems where the age of the clay can be constrained, migrations of radioelements can be reconstructed in natural analogues of the far field of high level nuclear waste repositories. When the dose rate may be assumed constant over time, the paleodose is used to date clay populations, an approach applied to laterites of the Amazon basin. (ii) The influence of radiation on clay mineral properties that remains poorly documented, although it is an important issue in various domains such as the safety assessment of the high level nuclear waste repositories. In case of a leakage of transuranic elements from the radioactive wasteform, alpha recoil nuclei would amorphize smectite after a period much lower than the disposal lifetime. By contrast, amorphisation from ionizing radiation is unlikely over 1 million years. Furthermore, it was shown that amorphization greatly enhances the dissolution kinetics of smectite, a result that must be taken into account in the safety assessment of engineered barriers.

  20. Ice nucleation efficiency of clay minerals in the immersion mode

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    Pinti, V.; Marcolli, C.; Zobrist, B.; Hoyle, C. R.; Peter, T.

    2012-07-01

    Emulsion and bulk freezing experiments were performed to investigate immersion ice nucleation on clay minerals in pure water, using various kaolinites, montmorillonites, illites as well as natural dust from the Hoggar Mountains in the Saharan region. Differential scanning calorimeter measurements were performed on three different kaolinites (KGa-1b, KGa-2 and K-SA), two illites (Illite NX and Illite SE) and four natural and acid-treated montmorillonites (SWy-2, STx-1b, KSF and K-10). The emulsion experiments provide information on the average freezing behaviour characterized by the average nucleation sites. These experiments revealed one to sometimes two distinct heterogeneous freezing peaks, which suggest the presence of a low number of qualitatively distinct average nucleation site classes. We refer to the peak at the lowest temperature as "standard peak" and to the one occurring in only some clay mineral types at higher temperatures as "special peak". Conversely, freezing in bulk samples is not initiated by the average nucleation sites, but by a very low number of "best sites". The kaolinites and montmorillonites showed quite narrow standard peaks with onset temperatures 238 Kclay minerals strongly depend on the amount of clay mineral present per droplet and on the exact type (location of collection and pre-treatment) of the clay mineral. We suggest that apparently contradictory results obtained by different groups with different setups are indeed in good agreement when only clay minerals of the same type and amount per droplet are compared. The natural sample from the Hoggar Mountains, a region whose dusts have been shown to be composed mainly of illite, showed very similar freezing characteristics (standard and best) to the illites. Relating the concentration of best IN to the dust concentration in the atmosphere suggested that the best IN in the Hoggar sample would be common enough downwind of their source region to account for ambient IN number densities in the temperature range of 250-260 K at least during dust events.

  1. Geochemical dynamics of cesium sorption by selected clay minerals

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    Noll, M.R.

    1989-01-01

    This study focuses on the interactions of cesium with selected clay minerals. Cesium is of interest as it is a chief component of high level radioactive waste. Primarily, the thermodynamics and kinetics of Cs exchange reactions were investigated to determine the preference for Cs of a kaolinite, illite, and vermiculite. Thermodynamic studies indicated that Cs was most strongly preferred by Ca saturated clays. Of the three minerals studied, illite proved to be the most effective in adsorbing Cs as indicated by the Vanselow Selectivity Coefficients (k{sub v}). The k{sub v} values for illite ranged from 5.87 to over 10{sup 10}, depending on the mineral and saturating cation. Kinetics experiments proved to be the most interesting. On 2:1 clay minerals (illite and vermiculite), two simultaneous reactions are postulated. The first, and faster of the two reactions, is believed to correspond to Cs adsorption on surface planar sites. The second reaction may be the adsorption of Cs on interlayer and wedge exchange sites. Kaolinite only shows a single reaction since it is a 1:1 clay mineral. Rate coefficients were calculated and the first reaction was found to be on the order of one magnitude greater than the second reaction. The reactions on kaolinite were similar to this faster reaction. Desorption data indicated that the rate of desorption was one or more orders of magnitude less than the corresponding adsorption rate. It is important to note, however, that studies on the effect of temperature indicated that Arrhenius behavior is not followed in many of these experiments. It is postulated that changes in cation radius ratio, or the availability of exchange sites is causing this Anti-Arrhenius behavior. Finally, it is concluded that illite exhibits the greatest preference for the adsorption of Cs.

  2. Reactivity of Fe(II) species associated with clay minerals.

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    Hofstetter, Thomas B; Schwarzenbach, Ren P; Haderlein, Stefan B

    2003-02-01

    Mineral-bound Fe(II) species represent important natural reductants of pollutants in the anaerobic subsurface. At clay minerals, three types of Fe(II) species in fundamentally different chemical environments may be present simultaneously, i.e., structural Fe(II), Fe(II) complexed by surface hydroxyl groups, and Fe(II) bound by ion exchange. We investigated the accessibility and reactivity of these three types of Fe(II) species in suspensions of two different clay minerals containing either ferrous iron-bearing nontronite or iron-free hectorite. Nitroaromatic compounds (NACs) exhibiting different sorption behavior on clays were used to probe the reactivity of the various types of reduced iron species. The clay treatment allowed for a preparation of nontronite and hectorite surfaces with Fe(II) adsorbed by surface hydroxyl groups at the edge surfaces. Furthermore, hectorite suspensions with additional Fe(II) bound to the ion exchange sites at the basal siloxane surfaces were set up. We found that both structural Fe(II) and Fe(II) complexed by surface hydroxyl groups of nontronite reduced the NACs to anilines. An electron balance revealed that more than 10% of the total iron in nontronite was reactive Fe(II). Fe(II) bound by ion exchange did not contribute to the observed reduction of NACs. Reversible adsorption of the NACs at the basal siloxane surface of the clays strongly retarded NAC reduction, even in the presence of high concentrations of Fe(II) bound by ion exchange to the basal siloxane surfaces. Our work shows that in natural systems a fraction of the total Fe(II) present on clays may contribute to the pool of highly reactive Fe(II) species in the subsurface. Furthermore, this work may help to distinguish between Fe(II) species of different reactivity regarding pollutant reduction. Although structural iron in clays represents only a small fraction of the total iron pool in soils and aquifers, reactive Fe(II) species originating from the reduction of structural Fe(III) in clays may contribute significantly to the biogeochemical cycling of electrons in the subsurface since it is not subject to depletion by reductive dissolution. PMID:12630467

  3. Reversibility of soil forming clay mineral reactions induced by plant - clay interactions

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    Barr, P.; Velde, B.

    2012-04-01

    Recent data based upon observations of field experiments and laboratory experiments suggest that changes in phyllosilicate mineralogy, as seen by X-ray diffraction analysis, which is induced by plant action can be reversed in relatively short periods of time. Changes from diagenetic or metamorphic mineral structures (illite and chlorite) to those found in soils (mixed layered minerals in the smectite, hydroxy-interlayer mineral and illites) observed in Delaware Bay salt marsh sediments in periods of tens of years and observed under different biologic (mycorhize) actions in coniferous forests in the soil environment can be found to be reversed under other natural conditions. Reversal of this process (chloritisation of smectitic minerals in soils) has been observed in natural situations over a period of just 14 years under sequoia gigantia. Formation of smectite minerals from illite (potassic mica-like minerals) has been observed to occur under intensive agriculture conditions over periods of 80 years or so under intensive zea mais production. Laboratory experiments using rye grass show that this same process can be accomplished to a somewhat lesser extent after one growing season. However experiments using alfalfa for 30 year growing periods show that much of the illite content of a soil can be reconstituted or even increased. Observations on experiments using zea mais under various fertilizer and mycorhize treatments indicate that within a single growing season potassium can be extracted from the clay (illite layers) but at the end of the season the potassium can be restored to the clay structures and more replaced that extracted. Hence it is clear that the change in clay mineralogy normally considered to be irreversible, illite to smectite or chlorite to smectite observed in soils, is a reversible process where plant systems control the soil chemistry and the soil mineralogy. The changes in clay mineralogy concern mostly the chemical composition of the interlayer ion population of a 2:1 clay structure. However the differences in interlayer ion chemistry give us such mineral names as chloritic hydroxyinterlayered mineral (Mg, OH interlayer), illite (K interlayer), and smectite (essentially hydrated Ca interlayer ions). Extraction of these interlayer ions can be reversed by chemistry engendered by plant regimes.

  4. Geochemical study of evaporite and clay mineral-oxyhydroxide samples from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site

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    Brookins, D.G.

    1993-06-01

    Samples of clay minerals, insoluble oxyhydroxides, and their host evaporites from the WIPP site have been studied for their major and minor elements abundances, x-ray diffraction characteristics, K-Ar ages, and Rb-Sr ages. This study was undertaken to determine their overall geochemical characteristics and to investigate possible interactions between evaporates and insoluble constituents. The evaporite host material is water-soluble, having Cl/Br ratios typical of marine evaporites, although the Br content is low. Insoluble material (usually a mixture of clay minerals and oxyhydroxide phases) yields very high Cl/Br ratios, possibly because of Cl from admixed halide minerals. This same material yields K/Rb and Th/U ratios in the normal range for shales; suggesting little, if any, effect of evaporite-induced remobilization of U, K, or Rb in the insoluble material. The rare-earth element (REE) data also show normal REE/chondrite (REE/CHON) distribution patterns, supporting the K/Rb and Th/U data. Clay minerals yield K-Ar dates in the range 365 to 390 Ma and a Rb-Sr isochron age of 428 {+-} 7 Ma. These ages are well in excess of the 220- to 230-Ma formational age of the evaporites, and confirm the detrital origin of the clays. The ages also show that any evaporite or clay mineral reactions that might have occurred at or near the time of sedimentation and diagenesis were not sufficient to reset the K-Ar and Rb-Sr systematics of the clay minerals. Further, x-ray data indicate a normal evaporitic assemblage of clay minerals and Fe-rich oxyhydroxide phases. The clay minerals and other insoluble material appear to be resistant to the destructive effects of their entrapment in the evaporites, which suggests that these insoluble materials would be good getters for any radionuclides (hypothetically) released from the storage of radioactive wastes in the area.

  5. Role And Behaviour Of Clay Minerals In Alpine Debris Flows

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    Boivin, P.; Bardou, E.; Pfeiffer, H.

    2004-12-01

    The role of clay minerals is generally considered as negligible in alpine debris flow studies and experiments. This assumption is discussed on the basis of field and experimental data. In two neighbouring alpine catchments, with similar morphology and contrasted geology, the physical, mineralogical and chemical properties of the fine earth (<2mm fraction) of soils, debris flow deposits, and parent materials were compared. The clay minerals (clay and silt size) were extracted and characterized for mineralogy and cation exchange capacity (CEC). Their critical coagulation concentrations (CCC) were determined in laboratory experiments. The soil and surface solutions were sampled and monitored for chemical composition, which were compared to the experimental CCCs. The chemical equilibration time between soil solution and solid phase was tested on saturated paste extracts. It was observed that the fine earth of the debris flow deposits was not representative of the triggering materials in terms of fabric, density, particle size, particle shape and mineralogy. Results show that the particles were rounded, crushed and segregated during the flow. The parent materials were composed of platy particles with a small bulk density suggesting an edge-to edge fabric. It contained phyllosilicates of silt and clay size, coated with transformed organic matter. The deposits were composed of rounded particles with a large bulk density suggesting a close-packed fabric. Compared to the parent materials, the deposits contained a larger amount of large mono-crystalline particles of either quartz or calcite with round shape, and less small platy particles of phyllosilicates. The CEC of the fine earth and of the clay-size and silt-size particles was consequently about two times higher in the parent materials than in the deposits. This was interpreted as the results of two main phenomena, namely (i) the leaching of the suspended colloidal particles out of the deposits during the depositional stage, and (ii) the crushing of the larger non-colloidal particles during the flow. The CCCs of the extracted clay minerals were close to CCC values reported in the literature for similar minerals. The solutions reached equilibrium with the solid phases within 20min of equilibration time in the laboratory. The field solid phases and surface waters were at equilibrium with the solid phases. There concentrations were only slightly higher than the CCCs, thus allowing for flocculation of the minerals. However, it is most probable that the concentrations of the soil and surface waters drop largely below the CCC values during snow-melt or heavy rainfall. Furthermore, the CCCs were determined in the lab without shaking energy. During the flow in the field, the phyllosilicates will be more easily dispersed because additional shaking energy sharply increases the CCC.

  6. [Interaction of clay minerals with microorganisms: a review of experimental data].

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    Na?mark, E B; Eroshchev-Shak, V A; Chizhikova, N P; Kompantseva, E I

    2009-01-01

    A review of publications containing results of experiments on the interaction of microorganisms with clay minerals is presented. Bacteria are shown to be involved in all processes related to the transformation of clay minerals: formation of clays from metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, formation of clays from solutions, reversible transitions of different types of clay minerals, and consolidation of clay minerals into sedimentary rocks. Integration of these results allows to conclude that bacteria reproduced all possible abiotic reactions associated with the clay minerals, these reactions proceed much faster with the bacteria being involved. Thus, bacteria act as a living catalyst in the geochemical cycle of clay minerals. The ecological role of bacteria can be considered as a repetition of a chemical process of the abiotic world, but with the use of organic catalytic innovation. PMID:19425352

  7. Diagenesis and clay mineral formation at Gale Crater, Mars

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    Bridges, J. C.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Leveille, R.; Westall, F.; Wiens, R. C.; Mangold, N.; Bristow, T.; Edwards, P.; Berger, G.

    2015-01-18

    The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity found host rocks of basaltic composition and alteration assemblages containing clay minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater. On the basis of the observed host rock and alteration minerals, we present results of equilibrium thermochemical modeling of the Sheepbed mudstones of Yellowknife Bay in order to constrain the formation conditions of its secondary mineral assemblage. Building on conclusions from sedimentary observations by the Mars Science Laboratory team, we assume diagenetic, in situ alteration. The modeling shows that the mineral assemblage formed by the reaction of a CO₂-poor and oxidizing, dilute aqueous solution (Gale Portage Water)more » in an open system with the Fe-rich basaltic-composition sedimentary rocks at 10–50°C and water/rock ratio (mass of rock reacted with the starting fluid) of 100–1000, pH of ~7.5–12. Model alteration assemblages predominantly contain phyllosilicates (Fe-smectite, chlorite), the bulk composition of a mixture of which is close to that of saponite inferred from Chemistry and Mineralogy data and to that of saponite observed in the nakhlite Martian meteorites and terrestrial analogues. To match the observed clay mineral chemistry, inhomogeneous dissolution dominated by the amorphous phase and olivine is required. We therefore deduce a dissolving composition of approximately 70% amorphous material, with 20% olivine, and 10% whole rock component.« less

  8. Diagenesis and clay mineral formation at Gale Crater, Mars

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    Bridges, J. C.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Leveille, R.; Westall, F.; Wiens, R. C.; Mangold, N.; Bristow, T.; Edwards, P.; Berger, G.

    2015-01-01

    Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity found host rocks of basaltic composition and alteration assemblages containing clay minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater. On the basis of the observed host rock and alteration minerals, we present results of equilibrium thermochemical modeling of the Sheepbed mudstones of Yellowknife Bay in order to constrain the formation conditions of its secondary mineral assemblage. Building on conclusions from sedimentary observations by the Mars Science Laboratory team, we assume diagenetic, in situ alteration. The modeling shows that the mineral assemblage formed by the reaction of a CO2-poor and oxidizing, dilute aqueous solution (Gale Portage Water) in an open system with the Fe-rich basaltic-composition sedimentary rocks at 10-50C and water/rock ratio (mass of rock reacted with the starting fluid) of 100-1000, pH of ~7.5-12. Model alteration assemblages predominantly contain phyllosilicates (Fe-smectite, chlorite), the bulk composition of a mixture of which is close to that of saponite inferred from Chemistry and Mineralogy data and to that of saponite observed in the nakhlite Martian meteorites and terrestrial analogues. To match the observed clay mineral chemistry, inhomogeneous dissolution dominated by the amorphous phase and olivine is required. We therefore deduce a dissolving composition of approximately 70% amorphous material, with 20% olivine, and 10% whole rock component.

  9. Diagenesis and clay mineral formation at Gale Crater, Mars

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    Bridges, J C; Schwenzer, S P; Leveille, R; Westall, F; Wiens, R C; Mangold, N; Bristow, T; Edwards, P; Berger, G

    2015-01-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity found host rocks of basaltic composition and alteration assemblages containing clay minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater. On the basis of the observed host rock and alteration minerals, we present results of equilibrium thermochemical modeling of the Sheepbed mudstones of Yellowknife Bay in order to constrain the formation conditions of its secondary mineral assemblage. Building on conclusions from sedimentary observations by the Mars Science Laboratory team, we assume diagenetic, in situ alteration. The modeling shows that the mineral assemblage formed by the reaction of a CO2-poor and oxidizing, dilute aqueous solution (Gale Portage Water) in an open system with the Fe-rich basaltic-composition sedimentary rocks at 10–50°C and water/rock ratio (mass of rock reacted with the starting fluid) of 100–1000, pH of ∽7.5–12. Model alteration assemblages predominantly contain phyllosilicates (Fe-smectite, chlorite), the bulk composition of a mixture of which is close to that of saponite inferred from Chemistry and Mineralogy data and to that of saponite observed in the nakhlite Martian meteorites and terrestrial analogues. To match the observed clay mineral chemistry, inhomogeneous dissolution dominated by the amorphous phase and olivine is required. We therefore deduce a dissolving composition of approximately 70% amorphous material, with 20% olivine, and 10% whole rock component. PMID:26213668

  10. Diagenesis and clay mineral formation at Gale Crater, Mars

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    Bridges, J. C.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Leveille, R.; Westall, F.; Wiens, R. C.; Mangold, N.; Bristow, T.; Edwards, P.; Berger, G.

    2015-01-18

    The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity found host rocks of basaltic composition and alteration assemblages containing clay minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater. On the basis of the observed host rock and alteration minerals, we present results of equilibrium thermochemical modeling of the Sheepbed mudstones of Yellowknife Bay in order to constrain the formation conditions of its secondary mineral assemblage. Building on conclusions from sedimentary observations by the Mars Science Laboratory team, we assume diagenetic, in situ alteration. The modeling shows that the mineral assemblage formed by the reaction of a CO₂-poor and oxidizing, dilute aqueous solution (Gale Portage Water) in an open system with the Fe-rich basaltic-composition sedimentary rocks at 10–50°C and water/rock ratio (mass of rock reacted with the starting fluid) of 100–1000, pH of ~7.5–12. Model alteration assemblages predominantly contain phyllosilicates (Fe-smectite, chlorite), the bulk composition of a mixture of which is close to that of saponite inferred from Chemistry and Mineralogy data and to that of saponite observed in the nakhlite Martian meteorites and terrestrial analogues. To match the observed clay mineral chemistry, inhomogeneous dissolution dominated by the amorphous phase and olivine is required. We therefore deduce a dissolving composition of approximately 70% amorphous material, with 20% olivine, and 10% whole rock component.

  11. Studies of clays and clay minerals using x-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method

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    Bish, D.L.

    1993-09-01

    The Rietveld method was originally developed (Rietveld, 1967, 1969) to refine crystal structures using neutron powder diffraction data. Since then, the method has been increasingly used with X-ray powder diffraction data, and today it is safe to say that this is the most common application of the method. The method has been applied to numerous natural and synthetic materials, most of which do not usually form crystals large enough for study with single-crystal techniques. It is the ability to study the structures of materials for which sufficiently large single crystals do not exist that makes the method so powerful and popular. It would thus appear that the method is ideal for studying clays and clay minerals. In many cases this is true, but the assumptions implicit in the method and the disordered nature of many clay minerals can limit titsapplicability. This chapter will describe the Rietveld method, emphasizing the assumptions important for the study of disordered materials, and it will outline the potential applications of the method to these minerals. These applications include, in addition to the refinement of crystal structures, quantitative analysis of multicomponent mixtures, analysis of peak broadening, partial structure solution, and refinement of unit-cell parameters.

  12. New techniques for clay mineral identification by remote sensing

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    Abrams, M.J.; Goetz, A.F.H.; Lang, H.

    1983-03-01

    In the past three years there have been major advancements in our ability to identify clay minerals by remote sensing. Multispectral scanners, including NASA's Thematic Mapper Simulator (analog for Landsat-D Thematic Mapper) have had several broad-band channels in the wavelength region of 1.0 to 2.5 ..mu..m. In particular, the wavelength region 2.0 to 2.5 ..mu..m contains diagnostic spectral-absorption features for most layered silicates. Computer processing of image data obtained with these scanners has allowed the identification of the presence of clay minerals, without, however, being able to identify specific mineralogies. Studies of areas with known hydrocarbon deposits and porphyry copper deposits have demonstrated the value of this information for rock-type discrimination and recognition of hydrothermal alteration zones. Non-imaging, narrow-band radiometers and spectrometers have been used in the field, from aircraft, and from space to identify individual mineralogical constituents. This can be done because of diagnostic spectral absorption features in the 2.0 to 2.5 ..mu..m region characteristic of different clay types. Preliminary analysis of SMIRR data over Egypt showed that kaolinite, carbonate rocks, and possibly montmorillonite, could be identified directly. Plans are currently under way for development of narrow-band imaging systems which will be capable of producing maps showing the surface distribution of individual clay types. This will represent a major step in remote sensing, by allowing unique identification of minerals rather than the current ability only to discriminate among materials. Applications of this technology will provide geologists with a powerful new tool for resource exploration and general geologic mapping problems.

  13. Transformation of anthracene on various cation-modified clay minerals.

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    Li, Li; Jia, Hanzhong; Li, Xiyou; Wang, Chuanyi

    2015-01-01

    In this study, anthracene was employed as a probe to explore the potential catalytic effect of clay minerals in soil environment. Clay minerals saturated with various exchangeable cations were tested. The rate of anthracene transformation follows the order: Fe-smectite > Cu-smectite > Al-smectite ? Ca-smectite ? Mg-smectite ? Na-smectite. This suggests that transition-metal ions such as Fe(III) play an important role in anthracene transformation. Among Fe(III)-saturated clays, Fe(III)-smectite exhibits the highest catalytic activity followed by Fe(III)-illite, Fe(III)-pyrophyllite, and Fe(III)-kaolinite, which is in agreement with the interlayer Fe(III) content. Moreover, effects by two common environmental factors, pH and relative humidity (RH), were evaluated. With an increase in pH or RH, the rate of anthracene transformation decreases rapidly at first and then is leveled off. GC-MS analysis identifies that the final product of anthracene transformation is 9,10-anthraquinone, a more bioavailable molecule compared to anthracene. The transformation process mainly involves cation-? bonding, electron transfer leading to cation radical, and further oxidation by chemisorbed O2. The present work provides valuable insights into the abiotic transformation and the fate of PAHs in the soil environment and the development of contaminated land remediation technologies. PMID:25135171

  14. Clay Minerals on Mars: Updated Crystal-Chemistry from Infrared Remote Sensing and Comparison to Meteorite Data

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    Michalski, J. R.; Smith, C. L.

    2015-07-01

    Updated crystal-chemical constraints from global remote sensing of Noachian clay. Martian clays shows that these clays have high FeO/MgO ratios compared to bulk martian meteorite compositions and compared to clay minerals within martian meteorites.

  15. Bioreduction of Fe-bearing clay minerals and their reactivity toward pertechnetate (Tc-99)

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Dong, Hailiang; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Edelmann, Richard E.

    2011-09-01

    99Technetium ( 99Tc) is a fission product of uranium-235 and plutonium-239 and poses a high environmental hazard due to its long half-life ( t1/2 = 2.13 10 5 y), abundance in nuclear wastes, and environmental mobility under oxidizing conditions [i.e., Tc(VII)]. Under reducing conditions, Tc(VII) can be reduced to insoluble Tc(IV). Ferrous iron, either in aqueous form (Fe 2+) or in mineral form [Fe(II)], has been used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV). However, the reactivity of Fe(II) from clay minerals, other than nontronite, toward immobilization of Tc(VII) and its role in retention of reduced Tc(IV) has not been investigated. In this study the reactivity of a suite of clay minerals toward Tc(VII) reduction and immobilization was evaluated. The clay minerals chosen for this study included five members in the smectite-illite (S-I) series, (montmorillonite, nontronite, rectorite, mixed layered I-S, and illite), chlorite, and palygorskite. Surface Fe-oxides were removed from these minerals with a modified dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) procedure. The total structural Fe content of these clay minerals, after surface Fe-oxide removal, ranged from 0.7% to 30.4% by weight, and the structural Fe(III)/Fe(total) ratio ranged from 45% to 98%. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mssbauer spectroscopy results showed that after Fe oxide removal the clay minerals were free of Fe-oxides. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that little dissolution occurred during the DCB treatment. Bioreduction experiments were performed in bicarbonate buffer (pH-7) with structural Fe(III) in the clay minerals as the sole electron acceptor, lactate as the sole electron donor, and Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 cells as a mediator. In select tubes, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfate (AQDS) was added as electron shuttle to facilitate electron transfer. In the S-I series, smectite (montmorillonite) was the most reducible (18% and 41% without and with AQDS, respectively) and illite the least (1% for both without and with AQDS). The extent and initial rate of bioreduction were positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series (i.e., layer expandability). Fe(II) in the bioreduced clay minerals subsequently was used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV) in PIPES buffer. Similar to the trend of bioreduction, in the S-I series, reduced NAu-2 showed the highest reactivity toward Tc(VII), and reduced illite exhibited the least. The initial rate of Tc(VII) reduction, after normalization to clay and Fe(II) concentrations, was positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series. Fe(II) in chlorite and palygorskite was also reactive toward Tc(VII) reduction. These data demonstrate that crystal chemical parameters (layer expandability, Fe and Fe(II) contents, and surface area, etc.) play important roles in controlling the extent and rate of bioreduction and the reactivity toward Tc(VII) reduction. Reduced Tc(IV) resides within clay mineral matrix, and this association could minimize any potential of reoxidation over long term.

  16. Bioreduction of Fe-bearing clay minerals and their reactivity toward pertechnetate (Tc-99)

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Dong, Hailiang; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Edelmann, Richard E.

    2011-07-01

    99Technetium (99Tc) is a fission product of uranium-235 and plutonium-239 and poses a high environmental hazard due to its long half-life (t1/2 = 2.13 x 105 y), abundance in nuclear wastes, and environmental mobility under oxidizing conditions [i.e., Tc(VII)]. Under reducing conditions, Tc(VII) can be reduced to insoluble Tc(IV). Ferrous iron [Fe(II)], either in aqueous form or in mineral form, has been used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV). However, the reactivity of Fe(II) from clay minerals, other than nontronite, toward immobilization of Tc(VII) and its role in retention of reduced Tc(IV) have not been investigated. In this study the reactivity of a suite of clay minerals toward Tc(VII) reduction and immobilization was evaluated. The clay minerals chosen for this study included five members in the smectite-illite (S-I) series, (montmorillonite, nontronite, rectorite, mixed layered I-S, and illite), chlorite, and palygorskite. Fe-oxides were removed from these minerals with a modified dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) procedure. The total Fe content of these clay minerals, after Fe-oxide removal, ranged from 0.7 to 30.4% by weight, and the Fe(III)/Fe(total) ratio ranged from 44.9 to 98.5%. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mssbauer spectroscopy results showed that after Fe oxide removal the clay minerals were free of Fe-oxides. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that little dissolution occurred during the DCB treatment. Bioreduction experiments were performed in bicarbonate buffer (pH-7) with Fe(III) in the clay minerals as the sole electron acceptor, lactate as the sole electron donor, and Shewanella Putrifaciens CN32 cells as mediators. In select tubes, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfate (AQDS) was added as electron shuttle to facilitate electron transfer. The extent of Fe(III) bioreduction was the highest for chlorite (~43 wt%) and the lowest for palygorskite (~4.17 wt%). In the S-I series, NAu-2 was the most reducible (~31 %) and illite the least (~0.4 %). The extent and initial rate of bioreduction were positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series (i.e., layer expandability). Fe(II) in the bioreduced clay minerals subsequently was used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV) in PIPES buffer. Similar to the trend of bioreduction, in the S-I series, reduced smectite showed the highest reactivity toward Tc(VII), and reduced illite exhibited the least. The initial rate of Tc(VII) reduction, after normalization to clay and Fe(II) concentrations, was positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series. Fe(II) in chlorite and palygorskite was also reactive toward Tc(VII) reduction. These data demonstrate that crystal chemical parameters (layer expandability, Fe and Fe(II) contents, and surface area etc.) play important roles in controlling the extent and rate of bioreduction and the reactivity toward Tc(VII) reduction. Reduced Tc(IV) resides within clay mineral matrix, and this association could minimize any potential of reoxidation over long term.

  17. Program and Abstracts for Clay Minerals Society 28th Annual Meeting

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    1991-01-01

    This volume contains abstracts that were accepted for presentation at the annual meeting. Some of the main topics covered include: (1) fundamental properties of minerals and methods of mineral analysis; (2) surface chemistry; (3) extraterrestrial clay minerals; (4) geothermometers and geochronometers; (5) smectite, vermiculite, illite, and related reactions; (6) soils and clays in environmental research; (7) kaolinite, halloysite, iron oxides, and mineral transformations; and (8) clays in lakes, basins, and reservoirs.

  18. Evidence for microbial liberation of structurally-coordinated iron in clay minerals as a nutrient source in the world ocean

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    Metcalfe, K. S.; Gaines, R. R.; Trang, J.; Scott, S.; Crane, E. J.; Lackey, J.; Prokopenko, M. G.; Berelson, W.

    2012-12-01

    Clay minerals are the most abundant materials found at the surface of earth and they are the primary constituents of marine sediments. Iron, a limiting nutrient in many marine settings, is a common constituent of clay minerals. Recent in vitro experimental evidence has shown that lab cultures of Fe-reducing bacteria are able to utilize structurally-bound Fe from the crystal lattice of nontronite, an uncommon and particularly Fe-rich (> 12 wt.%) smectitie. Reduction of structurally-coordinated Fe results in both the liberation of Fe(II) to solution, where it is available for other biotic processes, as well as the transformation of smectite to illite. However, it remains unclear: 1. whether Fe-reducers are able to access structurally coordinated Fe found at low wt.% in common clay minerals; and 2. if naturally occuring populations of Fe-reducers are able to reduce structurally coordinated Fe as are some lab strains. In order to address these questions, we conducted in vitro experiments using a suite of sixteen clay minerals with low (0.8 wt.%) to high (13.9 wt.%) Fe concentrations. Clays were treated with Na-dithionite solution to remove surface-bound Fe, isolating for study Fe sourced from within the clay crystal lattice. Experimental evidence clearly indicates that, under in vitro conditions, Fe(III) bound in common clay minerals is available for reduction by the lab strain Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 as well as by naturally-occuring consortia of Fe-reducers cultured from the San Pedro and Santa Monica Basins. Our findings suggest that common clay minerals may represent a large and previously unrecognized pool of bioavailable Fe in the world ocean that contributes significantly to biogeochemical cycling of Fe and C.

  19. Report on "Methodologies for Investigating Microbial-Mineral Interactions: A Clay Minerals Society Short Course"

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    Patricia A. Maurice

    2010-02-08

    A workshop entitled, “Methods of Investigating Microbial-Mineral Interactions,” was held at the Clay Minerals Society meeting at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA on June 19, 2004. The workshop was organized by Patricia A. Maurice (University of Notre Dame) and Lesley A. Warren (McMaster University, CA). Speakers included: Dr. P. Bennett, Dr. J. Fredrickson (PNNL), Dr. S. Lower (Ohio State University), Dr. P. Maurice, Dr. S. Myneni (Princeton University), Dr. E. Shock (Arizona State), Dr. M. Tien (Penn State), Dr. L. Warren, and Dr. J. Zachara (PNNL). There were approximately 75 attendees at the workshop, including more than 20 students. A workshop volume was published by the Clay Minerals Society [Methods for Study of Microbe-Mineral Interactions (2006), CMS Workshop Lectures, vol. 14
(Patricia A. Maurice and Leslie A. Warren, eds.) ISBN 978-1-881208-15-0, 166 pp.

  20. Mineral carbonation of gaseous carbon dioxide using a clay-hosted cation exchange reaction.

    PubMed

    Kang, Il-Mo; Roh, Ki-Min

    2013-01-01

    The mineral carbonation method is still a challenge in practical application owing to: (1) slow reaction kinetics, (2) high reaction temperature, and (3) continuous mineral consumption. These constraints stem from the mode of supplying alkaline earth metals through mineral acidification and dissolution. Here, we attempt to mineralize gaseous carbon dioxide into calcium carbonate, using a cation exchange reaction of vermiculite (a species of expandable clay minerals). The mineralization is operated by draining NaCI solution through vermiculite powders and continuously dropping into the pool of NaOH solution with CO2 gas injected. The mineralization temperature is regulated here at 293 and 333 K for 15 min. As a result of characterization, using an X-ray powder diffractometer and a scanning electron microscopy, two types of pure CaCO3 polymorphs (vaterite and calcite) are identified as main reaction products. Their abundance and morphology are heavily dependent on the mineralization temperature. Noticeably, spindle-shaped vaterite, which is quite different from a typical vaterite morphology (polycrystalline spherulite), forms predominantly at 333 K (approximately 98 wt%). PMID:24617079

  1. Clay minerals in Quaternary marine sediments from the southern Svalbard continental slope: palaeoenvironmental significance

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    Giorgetti, G.; Lucchi, R.; Macri, P.; Sagnotti, L.; Melis, R.; Morigi, C.; Villa, G.; Colmenero-Hidalgo, E.; Sierro, F. J.; Barcena, M.; Villarejo, J.; Camerlenghi, A.; Rebesco, M.

    2012-12-01

    Sediment cores have been collected in glaciomarine sequences from the continental slope of the the Storfjorden and Kveithola troughs (south Svalbard), on the northwestern Barents sea continental margin. This sedimentary system was investigated during the SVAIS and EGLACOM cruises both conceived within the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007-2009. The cores were digitally X-radiographed and scanned for physical properties with a multi-sensor core logger in order to define sediment facies. Detailed palaeostratigraphic investigations together with palaeomagnetic and rock magnetic analyses and AMS dating were used to constrain the age model and for high-resolution inter-core correlation. Sediment samples were analyzed for textural characteristics and clay mineral content in order to define sediment provenance and depositional mechanisms. The clay mineral assemblage is mainly composed by illite (>40%) with chlorite content ranging between 10-40%, kaolinite ranging between 10-30%, and smectite content always minor than 20%. The older sediments consist of a stiff glacigenic diamicton that deposited during last glacial maximum (LGM) and silty clay sediments interbedded with sandy layers deposited during the previous interglacial stage MIS3. The clay mineral assemblage of the glacigenic diamicton contains mainly illite with no traces of smectite. The post-LGM sediment sequence is characterized by an increasing kaolinite and smectite content. Holocene sediments of the mid-slope contain the highest smectite content. The sediments recovered from the Kveithola Trough are characterized by the highest kaolinite and lowest illite content. On average, sediments in cores from the northern Storfjorden slope show higher illite and lower chlorite and kaolinite contents than sediments in cores from the southern Storfjorden and Kveithola slopes. In the northwestern Barents Sea continental margin, illite and chlorite derive from the meta-sedimentary rocks of Spitsbergen, while kaolinite derives from Triassic mudstones and sandstones, abundant in the eastern islands, and from Quaternary sediments outcropping on the seafloor of the Barents Sea. None of the rocks outcropping in the Svalbard archipelago can yield smectite. Our interpretation is that smectite derives from the basaltic Greenland Faroe Ridge and Iceland being transported to the North by the West Spitsbergen Current (WSC). The clay mineral assemblage of the glacigenic diamicton derives from physically-weathered products originated by subglacial ablation of the rocks outcropping in Svalbard without any influence of the WSC transported sediments. During deglaciation and ice retreat, the strengthened North Atlantic water transported smectite from the South, enriching recent sediments in this clay mineral.

  2. Radiolysis of alanine adsorbed in a clay mineral

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    Aguilar-Ovando, Ellen Y.; Negrón-Mendoza, Alicia

    2013-07-01

    Optical activity in molecules is a chemical characteristic of living beings. In this work, we examine the hypothesis of the influence of different mineral surfaces on the development of a specific chirality in organic molecules when subjected to conditions simulating the primitive Earth during the period of chemical evolution. By using X-ray diffraction techniques and HPLC/ELSD to analyze aqueous suspensions of amino acids adsorbed on minerals irradiated in different doses with a cobalt-60 gamma source, the experiments attempt to prove the hypothesis that some solid surfaces (like clays and meteorite rocks) may have a concentration capacity and protective role against external sources of ionizing radiation (specifically γ-ray) for some organic compounds (like some amino acids) adsorbed on them. Preliminary results show a slight difference in the adsorption and radiolysis of the D-and L-alanine.

  3. Radiolysis of alanine adsorbed in a clay mineral

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    Aguilar-Ovando, Ellen Y.; Negron-Mendoza, Alicia

    2013-07-03

    Optical activity in molecules is a chemical characteristic of living beings. In this work, we examine the hypothesis of the influence of different mineral surfaces on the development of a specific chirality in organic molecules when subjected to conditions simulating the primitive Earth during the period of chemical evolution. By using X-ray diffraction techniques and HPLC/ELSD to analyze aqueous suspensions of amino acids adsorbed on minerals irradiated in different doses with a cobalt-60 gamma source, the experiments attempt to prove the hypothesis that some solid surfaces (like clays and meteorite rocks) may have a concentration capacity and protective role against external sources of ionizing radiation (specifically {gamma}-ray) for some organic compounds (like some amino acids) adsorbed on them. Preliminary results show a slight difference in the adsorption and radiolysis of the D-and L-alanine.

  4. Role of clay minerals in the transportation of iron

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    Carroll, D.

    1958-01-01

    The clay minerals have iron associated with them in several ways: 1. (1) as an essential constituent 2. (2) as a minor constituent within the crystal lattice where it is in isomorphous substitution and 3. (3) as iron oxide on the surface of the mineral platelets. Nontronite, "hydromica," some chlorites, vermiculite, glauconite and chamosite contain iron as an essential constituent. Kaolinite and halloysite have no site within the lattice for iron, but in certain environments iron oxide (goethite or hematite) is intimately associated as a coating on the micelles. Analyses of clay minerals show that the content of Fe2O3 varies: 29 per cent (nontronite), 7??3 per cent (griffithite), 4.5 per cent ("hydromica"), 5.5 per cent (chlorite), 4 per cent (vermiculite) and 18 per cent (glauconite). The FeO content is: 40 per cent (chamosite), 7.8 per cent (griffithite), 1-2 per cent ("hydromica"), 3 per cent (glauconite) and 2 per cent (chlorite). The iron associated with the clay minerals remains stable in the environment in which the minerals occur, but if either pH or Eh or both are changed the iron may be affected. Change of environment will cause: 1. (1) removal of iron by reduction of Fe3+ to Fe2+; 2. (2) ion-exchange reactions; 3. (3) instability of the crystal lattice. Experiments using bacterial activity to produce reducing conditions with kaolinite and halloysite coated with iron oxides and with nontronite in which ferric iron is in the octahedral position within the lattice showed that ferric oxide is removed at Eh +0??215 in fresh water and at Eh +0.098 in sea water. Hematite, goethite, and indefinite iron oxides were removed at different rates. Red ferric oxides were changed to black indefinite noncrystalline ferrous sulphide at Eh -0.020 but reverted to ferric oxide under oxidizing conditions. Nontronite turned bright green under reducing conditions and some of the ferrous iron remained within the lattice on a return to oxidizing conditions. Bacterial activity seems to be necessary for maintaining reducing conditions in the environments studied. ?? 1958.

  5. Towards an understanding of the role of clay minerals in crude oil formation, migration and accumulation

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    Wu, Lin Mei; Zhou, Chun Hui; Keeling, John; Tong, Dong Shen; Yu, Wei Hua

    2012-12-01

    This article reviews progress in the understanding of the role of clay minerals in crude oil formation, migration and accumulation. Clay minerals are involved in the formation of kerogen, catalytic cracking of kerogen into petroleum hydrocarbon, the migration of crude oil, and the continued change to hydrocarbon composition in underground petroleum reservoirs. In kerogen formation, clay minerals act as catalysts and sorbents to immobilize organic matter through ligand exchange, hydrophobic interactions and cation bridges by the mechanisms of Maillard reactions, polyphenol theory, selective preservation and sorptive protection. Clay minerals also serve as catalysts in acid-catalyzed cracking of kerogen into petroleum hydrocarbon through Lewis and Brnsted acid sites on the clay surface. The amount and type of clay mineral affect the composition of the petroleum. Brnsted acidity of clay minerals is affected by the presence and state of interlayer water, and displacement of this water is a probable driver in crude oil migration from source rocks. During crude oil migration and accumulation in reservoirs, the composition of petroleum is continually modified by interaction with clay minerals. The clays continue to function as sorbents and catalysts even while they are being transformed by diagenetic processes. The detail of chemical interactions and reaction mechanisms between clay minerals and crude oil formation remains to be fully explained but promises to provide insights with broader application, including catalytic conversion of biomass as a source of sustainable energy into the future.

  6. Organo clay mineral melted polyolefin nanocomposites Effect of surfactant/CEC ratio

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    Mandalia, Tushar; Bergaya, Faza

    2006-04-01

    Clay mineral polymer nanocomposites are prepared by dispersing solid organo clay minerals in two different melted polyolefin matrices, namely polyethylene (PE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). The organo clay minerals are prepared by adding different amounts of surfactant corresponding to the CEC of the pristine clay mineral. The characteristics of the organo clay minerals are obtained by XRD, IR spectroscopy, TGA, and swelling volume measurements. The amount of added surfactant has a direct effect on the interlayer separation and organophilicity hydrophilicity balance of the clay mineral, evidencing a particular behavior transition about OMt1.2 The intercalation of PE is found to be dependent on the interlayer distance of the organo clay minerals while EVA intercalates in the organo clay minerals whatever the amount of surfactant (> 0.5CEC), leading to the same interlayer spacing (4 nm). The polymer intercalation is more homogeneous in clay minerals having high surfactant loading corresponding to 1.5 and 2 CEC. Cone calorimeter results of the studied nanocomposites show a PHRR reduction of 32% for PE OMt1.5 and of 47% for EVA OMt1. For both polymers, the best compromise between mechanical and thermal properties, is obtained for organoclay filler obtained with an amount of added surfactant in a range 1 1.5 CEC.

  7. Kinetic Study of Denatonium Sorption to Smectite Clay Minerals

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    Crosson, Garry S.; Sandmann, Emily

    2013-01-01

    Abstract The denatonium cation, as a benzoate salt, is the most bitter cation known to modern society and is frequently added to consumer products to reduce accidental and intentional consumption by humans and animals. Denatonium can enter the environment by accidental discharges, potentially rendering water supplies undrinkable. Interactions of denatonium with soil components (i.e., smectite minerals) ultimately control the environmental fate of denatonium, but the current literature is devoid of studies that evaluate denatonium sorption to smectite minerals. This study investigated the mechanism and kinetics of denatonium sorption to smectite clay minerals as a function of smectite type, temperature, pH and ionic strength. Uptake by synthetic mica montmorillonite (Syn-1), Wyoming montmorillonite (SWy-2), and Texas montmorillonite (STx-1b) at 305K was rapid, with equilibrium being reached within 2 min for all clays. Complete removal of denatonium was observed for STx-1b at pH 6.9, while partial removal was observed for Syn-1 and SWy-2. Kinetic behavior of SWy-2 and Syn-1 is consistent with a pseudo–second-order model at 305K. An activation energy of +25.9 kJ/mol was obtained for sorption to Syn-1 and was independent of temperature between 286K and 338K. Activation-free energy (ΔG*), activation enthalpy (ΔH*), and activation entropy (ΔS*) for Syn-1 were found to be +62.91 kJ/mol, +23.36 kJ/mol, and −0.130 kJ/(K·mol), respectively. Sorption capacities at pH 3.6, 6.9, and 8.2 were constant at 1.3×10−2 g denatonium/g clay; however, the kinetic rate constant increased by 56%, going from acidic to basic solution conditions. Distribution coefficients were negatively correlated with ionic strength, suggesting cation exchange. Collectively, results suggested that smectite minerals can serve as efficient sinks for denatonium cations. This is much-needed information for agencies developing regulations regarding denatonium usage and for water treatment professionals who may ultimately have to treat denatonium-impacted water supplies. PMID:23781128

  8. Microbial reduction of structurally-coordinated iron in common clay minerals

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    Gaines, R. R.; Scott, S.; Crane, E.; Lackey, J.

    2009-12-01

    Experimental evidence has demonstrated the capacity of some iron reducing bacteria to reduce structurally bound Fe(III) within the crystal lattice of iron-rich smectite clays, releasing dissolved Fe(II) to solution. Here, we present experimental data which suggest that a large pool of lattice-bound iron in marine sediments is available for microbial reduction, and that this microbially-mediated process may constitute a major flux of iron from the geosphere to the biosphere. Prior studies have demonstrated that the Fe-reducing bacterium Shewanella is capable of reducing structurally-coordinated iron from the clay mineral nontronite, a smectite that is unusually iron rich, but is rare in natural settings. Clay minerals are the most abundant materials found at Earth’s surface, but it has remained unclear whether structurally-bound iron in common clay minerals is available for biological processes. It has also remained unclear whether microbial consortia in marine sediments are capable of structural iron reduction as is the lab strain Shewanella. To investigate the potential for microbial reduction of structurally bound iron in common clay minerals, four different clay minerals with iron contents ranging from low (0.8 wt.%; smectite-illite mixed layer ICSz-1) to high (13.9 wt.%; nontronite NAu-1) were exposed to the iron reducer Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and also to an unknown iron reducing microorganism(s) cultured from anaerobic marine sediments of the San Pedro Basin. Control samples of each mineral were exposed to microwave-killed bacterial cells. After time increments ranging from 7 to 120 days, the degree of structural Fe-reduction in each sample was assessed by measuring the concentration of Fe(II) in solution. Microbially-induced changes in mineralogy were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The concentration of Fe(II) in solution was observed to increase in all samples. X-ray diffraction patterns for each mineral show a pronounced decline in the crystallinity and abundance of smectite with increasing exposure time, as evidenced by broadening and collapse of the smectite 001 peak. The relative intensity of both illite and quartz peaks increased with increasing exposure time, indicating the production of these phases as expected reaction byproducts. SEM imaging and elemental mapping reveals the presence of sub-micron, highly crystalline sheet silicates that correspond with positive potassium anomalies and are interpreted as neoformed illite. Fe(II) concentration in solution and mineralogical transformations produced by iron reducing organism(s) cultured from San Pedro Basin sediments were closely comparable to those produced by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 for each set of mineral samples. This evidence suggests that iron contained in relatively low proportions in common sheet silicates in marine sediments is available for microbial reduction, and that this process may play a significant role in the marine iron cycle.

  9. The role of clay minerals in the preservation of organic matter in sediments of qinghai lake, NW China

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    Yu, B.; Dong, H.; Jiang, H.; Lv, G.; Eberl, D.; Li, S.; Kim, J.

    2009-01-01

    The role of saline lake sediments in preserving organic matter has long been recognized. In order to further understand the preservation mechanisms, the role of clay minerals was studied. Three sediment cores, 25, 57, and 500 cm long, were collected from Qinghai Lake, NW China, and dissected into multiple subsamples. Multiple techniques were employed, including density fractionation, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), total organic carbon (TOC) and carbon compound analyses, and surface area determination. The sediments were oxic near the water-sediment interface, but became anoxic at depth. The clay mineral content was as much as 36.8%, consisting mostly of illite, chlorite, and halloysite. The TEM observations revealed that organic matter occurred primarily as organic matter-clay mineral aggregates. The TOC and clay mineral abundances are greatest in the mid-density fraction, with a positive correlation between the TOC and mineral surface area. The TOC of the bulk sediments ranges from 1 to 3% with the non-hydrocarbon fraction being predominant, followed by bitumen, saturated hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbons, and chloroform-soluble bitumen. The bimodal distribution of carbon compounds of the saturated hydrocarbon fraction suggests that organic matter in the sediments was derived from two sources: terrestrial plants and microorganisms/algae. Depthrelated systematic changes in the distribution patterns of the carbon compounds suggest that the oxidizing conditions and microbial abundance near the water-sediment interface promote degradation of labile organic matter, probably in adsorbed form. The reducing conditions and small microbial biomass deeper in the sediments favor preservation of organic matter, because of the less labile nature of organic matter, probably occurring within clay mineral-organic matter aggregates that are inaccessible to microorganisms. These results have important implications for our understanding of mechanisms of organic matter preservation in saline lake sediments.

  10. Surficial clay mineral distribution on the southwestern continental margin of India: evidence of input from the Bay of Bengal

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    Chauhan, Onkar S.; Gujar, A. R.

    1996-03-01

    Analyses of spatial distribution of clay minerals, sediment texture, and > 63 μm fractions of the grab samples from the S W continental margin of India exhibit: (i) higher contents of illite and chlorite on the lower slope and (ii) a well-defined no-clay zone on the entire shelf. Kaolinite and smectite are also present in significant quantities on the slope with traces of gibbsite and palygorskite in some samples. The high contents of illite and chlorite (clay minerals which are not abundant in the soils and estuarine sediments of this region) in the southern region of the study area are evidence for sediment contribution from the Bay of Bengal waters (BBW), which enter this region after the SW monsoon. Distribution trends of kaolinite, smectite, gibbsite, and laterite granules on the slope are suggestive of contribution from chemically weathered soils of Peninsular India.

  11. Soft X-ray spectromicroscopy study of mineral-organic matter associations in pasture soil clay fractions.

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    Chen, Chunmei; Dynes, James J; Wang, Jian; Karunakaran, Chithra; Sparks, Donald L

    2014-06-17

    There is a growing acceptance that associations with soil minerals may be the most important overarching stabilization mechanism for soil organic matter. However, direct investigation of organo-mineral associations has been hampered by a lack of methods that can simultaneously characterize organic matter (OM) and soil minerals. In this study, STXM-NEXAFS spectroscopy at the C 1s, Ca 2p, Fe 2p, Al 1s, and Si 1s edges was used to investigate C associations with Ca, Fe, Al, and Si species in soil clay fractions from an upland pasture hillslope. Bulk techniques including C and N NEXAFS, Fe K-edge EXAFS spectroscopy, and XRD were applied to provide additional information. Results demonstrated that C was associated with Ca, Fe, Al, and Si with no separate phase in soil clay particles. In soil clay particles, the pervasive C forms were aromatic C, carboxyl C, and polysaccharides with the relative abundance of carboxyl C and polysaccharides varying spatially at the submicrometer scale. Only limited regions in the soil clay particles had aliphatic C. Good C-Ca spatial correlations were found for soil clay particles with no CaCO3, suggesting a strong role of Ca in organo-mineral assemblage formation. Fe EXAFS showed that about 50% of the total Fe in soils was contained in Fe oxides, whereas Fe-bearing aluminosilicates (vermiculite and Illite) accounted for another 50%. Fe oxides in the soil were mainly crystalline goethite and hematite, with lesser amounts of poorly crystalline ferrihydrite. XRD revealed that soil clay aluminosilicates were hydroxy-interlayered vermiculite, Illite, and kaolinite. C showed similar correlation with Fe to Al and Si, implying a similar association of Fe oxides and aluminosilicates with organic matter in organo-mineral associations. These direct microscopic determinations can help improve understanding of organo-mineral interactions in soils. PMID:24837340

  12. DFT theoretical and FT-IR spectroscopic investigations of the plasticity of clay minerals dispersions

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    Kasprzhitskii, A.; Lazorenko, G.; Yavna, V.; Daniel, Ph.

    2016-04-01

    Plasticity is the most important property of dispersions of clay minerals that determine the character of participation of these systems in many natural and technological processes. We report on the results of studies of hydration mechanism in typical clay minerals making part of natural dispersions of sedimentation masses by means of IR spectroscopy and theoretical density functional theory (DFT) methods. X-ray diffraction analysis of clay minerals of Millerovo mineral deposit (Russian Federation) is carried out. Regularities and peculiarities of interaction of water molecules with kaolinite basal planes (001) and (00 1 bar) are analyzed. The role of water in the formation of plasticity of clay minerals dispersions is revealed. The modes of water molecules placement and their state and structure in the system "clay mineral-water" is defined. Phase transition processes of clay minerals dispersion into plastic and liquid state and their influence on spectral characteristics of the systems are investigated. The interpretation of clay minerals phase transitions into plastic and fluid state based on the results of DFT simulation is given. The relation is established between specific variation of spectral characteristics and phase transitions of clay minerals dispersions into plastic and liquid state.

  13. Metachromasy as an indicator of photostabilization of methylene blue adsorbed to clays and minerals.

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    Samuels, Maya; Mor, Omer; Rytwo, Giora

    2013-04-01

    The influence of methylene blue adsorption to different clays on its photodegradation was studied. Methylene blue in solution was decomposed by sunlight in a zero-order process. Adsorption to some clay minerals (sepiolite and vermiculite) and a zeolite (clinoptilolite) accelerated the degradation process, and converted it to a first-order reaction. On the other hand, adsorption to other clay minerals (palygorskite and montmorillonite) stabilized the dye and prevented its degradation. Interestingly, in the clay-dye complexes that exhibited stability, clear metachromasy of the adsorbed methylene blue occurred, whereas the effect was not observed in the clay-dye complexes that underwent photodegradation. PMID:23474529

  14. Triassic-Jurassic weathering and clay mineral dispersal in basement areas and sedimentary basins of southern Sweden

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    Ahlberg, Anders; Olsson, Ingela; imkevi?ius, Petras

    2003-09-01

    The basement rocks of southern Sweden were deeply weathered in Late Triassic through Cretaceous times, and possibly even earlier. Sub-Mesozoic saprolites formed, presumably due to long-term warmth and humidity, in conjunction with decomposition of abundant organic matter and subsequent infiltration of acidic water. The upper parts of the weathering profiles were subjected to intense leaching and kaolinitisation whereas the less evolved deep weathering front is enriched in smectite. Thus, any erosion prior to full regolith development, or extraordinary deep erosion, released less developed, smectite-rich weathering material to the Late Triassic-Jurassic receiving basins. Mesozoic sedimentary successions in Southern Sweden show high detrital smectite and/or kaolinite contents, moderate illite contents and low chlorite contents, compatible with expected mid-latitude warm equable greenhouse conditions. Norian and older Triassic haematite-cemented continental arkoses and smectite-dominated clays (smectite?kaolinite) were clearly formed in arid settings. From the Rhaetian and throughout the Jurassic, humid onshore conditions sustained abundant plant and peat accumulation, early diagenetic meteoric flushing, and intense chemical weathering. Kaolinite is therefore a dominating detrital clay mineral in these sedimentary successions (kaolinite?illite?chlorite and smectite (I/S)). Minor quantitative variations in clay mineralogy within the "humid climate" Rhaetian-Jurassic sedimentary successions are difficult to interpret. In deltaic coal-bearing successions, the detrital clay mineral composition is conspicuously constant (kaolinite?illite?chlorite), possibly due to post-depositional clay mineral transformation. Conversely, in shallow marine deposits, some quantitative variation is notable (kaolinite?illite>variable smectite?chlorite). This may reflect that the original detrital composition was better preserved in shallow marine settings. Smectitic clay minerals associated with gypsum and caliche nodules ambiguously indicate increased aridity towards the end of the Jurassic.

  15. Determining Mineral Types and Abundances from Reflectance Measurements

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    Smith, M. O.; Adams, J. B.

    1985-01-01

    Mineral types and their abundances were quantitatively determined from laboratory reflectance spectra using principal components analysis (PCA). PCA reduced the measured spectral dimensionality and allowed testing the uniqueness and validity of spectral mixing models. In addition to interpreting absorption bands, in this new approach we interpreted variations in the overall spectral curves in terms of physical processes, namely changes in mixtures of minerals, in particle size and in illumination geometry. Application of this approach to reflectances of planetary surfaces allows interpretation to be extended to quantitative determinations of mineral types and abundances.

  16. Origin of clay-mineral variation in Wisconsinan age sediments from the Lake Michigan basin

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    Monaghan, G.W. ); Larson, G.J. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1994-04-01

    Drift samples collected in Wisconsin and Michigan from exposures representative of the Wisconsinan stratigraphy of the Lake Michigan Lobe indicate that clay mineral and shale lithology systematically vary between successive till sheets as a result of differential erosion of two unique source beds: shale bedrock, rich in 10[angstrom] clay (illite) and pre-existing drift (particularly lacustrine clay), depleted in 10[angstrom] clay. A general increase in relative amounts of 10[angstrom] clay and shale clasts begins with early or middle Wisconsinan (Altonian) Glenn Shores till and continues through late Wisconsinan (Woodfordian) Ganges-New Berlin till and Saugatuck-Oak Creek till. Both 10[angstrom] clay and shale decrease in post Mackinaw (late Woodfordian) Interstade Ozaukee-Haven and Two Rivers tills. Clay minerals in till rich in 10[angstrom] clay (Saugatuck-Oak Creek) were derived mainly from extensive erosion and comminution of shale whereas those in tills depleted in 10[angstrom] clay (Ganges-New Berlin, Ozaukee-Haven, and Two Rivers) were eroded mainly from lacustrine clay. Because it is compositionally dissimilar to either the shale or lake clay source and relatively rich in kaolinite, clay minerals in early-middle Wisconsinan Glenn Shores till may have been derived from Sangamon saprolite eroded during an early post-Sangamon ice advance. Variations in source bed erosion and subsequent changes in till lithology result either from depletion of the source bed (Glenn Shores till) or from progressively eroding drift mantling shale outcrops (unroofing) during successive late Wisconsinan ice advances.

  17. Vermiculite Clay Mineral Barrier Treatment System for Chrome Tannery Effluent

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    Jayabalakrishnan, R. M.; Mahimai Raja, S.

    An attempt has been made to assess vermiculite, a phyllosilicate mineral group with high cation exchange capacity, as an alternative for activated carbon. In this investigation, the adsorption potential of raw vermiculite grade 2 was evaluated using vermiculite clay mineral barrier system for reducing pollutant loads in specially designed treatment system, where the important parameters like flow rate, effluent loading rate required were optimized. The VCMB treatment system has reduced the Cr in the outlet end soil layer by 66.1% than the inlet end soil layer. The build up of Cr in the middle vermiculite was 6.1 times more than the inlet end soil which could be attributed to its adsorption and retention properties. With reference to Na, the vermiculite treatment layer retained 12.7 times more than the top surface soil and 4.29 times as that of the inlet end soil layer. These results confirm that for the removal of Cr, salts and Na from chrome tannery effluent, the VCMB treatment system could be viable option. But in case of sulphate, it was found that its accumulation was the highest in the inlet end soil layer and was 4.24 times lower in the middle vermiculite layer which could be due to the lower anion exchange capacity of vermiculite compared with soil layer.

  18. Clay Minerals in Mawrth Vallis Region of Mars

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    2008-01-01

    This map showing the location of some clay minerals in of a portion of the Mawrth Vallis region of Mars covers an area about 10 kilometers (6.2 mile) wide. The map is draped over a topographical model that exaggerates the vertical dimension tenfold.

    The mineral mapping information comes from an image taken on Sept. 21, 2007, by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). Iron-magnesium phyllosilicate is shown in red. Aluminum phyllosyllicate is shown in blue. Hydrated silica and a ferrous iron phase are shown in yellow/green.

    The topographical information comes from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter.

    Mawrth Vallis is an outflow channel centered near 24.7 degrees north latitude, 339.5 degrees east longitude, in northern highlands of Mars.

    CRISM is one of six science instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., the CRISM team includes expertise from universities, government agencies and small businesses in the United States and abroad. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the orbiter.

  19. A general evaluation of the frequency distribution of clay and associated minerals in the alluvial soils of ceylon

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    Herath, J.W.; Grimshaw, R.W.

    1971-01-01

    Clay mineral analyses were made of several alluvial clay materials from Ceylon. These studies show that the soil materials can be divided into 3 clay mineral provinces on the basis of the frequency distribution of clay and associated minerals. The provinces closely follow the climatic divisions. The characteristic feature of this classification is the progressive development of gibbsite from Dry to Wet Zone areas. Gibbsite has been used as a reliable indicator mineral. ?? 1971.

  20. Elemental Abundance Distributions in Basalt Clays and Meteorites: Is It a Biosignature?

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    Fisk, M. R.; Storrie-Lombardi, M. C.; Joseph, J.

    2005-01-01

    Volcanic glass altered by microorganisms exhibits distinctive textures differing significantly from abiotic alteration [1-4]. We have previously presented morphological evidence of bioweathering in sub-oceanic basalt glass [5] and olivine [6], and noted similar alterations in Nakhla [7]. We have also introduced an autonomous Bayesian probabilistic classification methodology to identify biotic and abiotic alteration in sub-oceanic basalts using elemental abundance data [8]. We now present data from multiple sub-oceanic sites addressing the more general question of utilizing elemental abundance distribution in clays as a valid biosignature for the exploration of putative clay alteration products in meteorites.

  1. Sm-Nd dating of Fig Tree clay minerals of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa.

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    Toulkeridis, T; Goldstein, S L; Clauer, N; Kroner, A; Lowe, D R

    1994-03-01

    Sm-Nd isotopic data from carbonate-derived clay minerals of the 3.22-3.25 Ga Fig Tree Group, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, form a linear array corresponding to an age of 3102 +/- 64 Ma, making these minerals the oldest dated clays on Earth. The obtained age is 120-160 m.y. younger than the depositional age determined by zircon geochronology. Nd model ages for the clays range from approximately 3.39 to 3.44 Ga and almost cover the age variation of the Barberton greenstone belt rocks, consistent with independent evidence that the clay minerals are derived from material of the belt. The combined isotopic and mineralogical data provide evidence for a cryptic thermal overprint in the sediments of the belt. However, the highest temperature reached by the samples since the time of clay-mineral formation was <300 degrees C, lower than virtually any known early Archean supracrustal sequence. PMID:11540244

  2. Sm-Nd dating of Fig Tree clay minerals of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa

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    Toulkeridis, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Clauer, N.; Kroner, A.; Lowe, D. R.

    1994-01-01

    Sm-Nd isotopic data from carbonate-derived clay minerals of the 3.22-3.25 Ga Fig Tree Group, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, form a linear array corresponding to an age of 3102 +/- 64 Ma, making these minerals the oldest dated clays on Earth. The obtained age is 120-160 m.y. younger than the depositional age determined by zircon geochronology. Nd model ages for the clays range from approximately 3.39 to 3.44 Ga and almost cover the age variation of the Barberton greenstone belt rocks, consistent with independent evidence that the clay minerals are derived from material of the belt. The combined isotopic and mineralogical data provide evidence for a cryptic thermal overprint in the sediments of the belt. However, the highest temperature reached by the samples since the time of clay-mineral formation was <300 degrees C, lower than virtually any known early Archean supracrustal sequence.

  3. MAX--An Interactive Computer Program for Teaching Identification of Clay Minerals by X-ray Diffraction.

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    Kohut, Connie K.; And Others

    1993-01-01

    Discusses MAX, an interactive computer program for teaching identification of clay minerals based on standard x-ray diffraction characteristics. The program provides tutorial-type exercises for identification of 16 clay standards, self-evaluation exercises, diffractograms of 28 soil clay minerals, and identification of nonclay minerals. (MDH)

  4. A SEM, EDS and vibrational spectroscopic study of the clay mineral fraipontite.

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    Theiss, Frederick L; Lpez, Andrs; Scholz, Ricardo; Frost, Ray L

    2015-08-01

    The mineral fraipontite has been studied by using a combination of scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis and vibrational spectroscopy (infrared and Raman). Fraipontite is a member of the 1:1 clay minerals of the kaolinite-serpentine group. The mineral contains Zn and Cu and is of formula (Cu,Zn,Al)?(Si,Al)?O?(OH)?. Qualitative chemical analysis of fraipontite shows an aluminium silicate mineral with amounts of Cu and Zn. This kaolinite type mineral has been characterised by Raman and infrared spectroscopy; in this way aspects about the molecular structure of fraipontite clay are elucidated. PMID:25847784

  5. A SEM, EDS and vibrational spectroscopic study of the clay mineral fraipontite

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    Theiss, Frederick L.; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo; Frost, Ray L.

    2015-08-01

    The mineral fraipontite has been studied by using a combination of scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis and vibrational spectroscopy (infrared and Raman). Fraipontite is a member of the 1:1 clay minerals of the kaolinite-serpentine group. The mineral contains Zn and Cu and is of formula (Cu,Zn,Al)3(Si,Al)2O5(OH)4. Qualitative chemical analysis of fraipontite shows an aluminium silicate mineral with amounts of Cu and Zn. This kaolinite type mineral has been characterised by Raman and infrared spectroscopy; in this way aspects about the molecular structure of fraipontite clay are elucidated.

  6. Formation of replicating saponite from a gel in the presence of oxalate: implications for the formation of clay minerals in carbonaceous chondrites and the origin of life

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    Schumann, Dirk; Hartman, Hyman; Eberl, Dennis D.; Sears, S. Kelly; Hesse, Reinhard; Vali, Hojatollah

    2012-01-01

    The potential role of clay minerals in the abiotic origin of life has been the subject of ongoing debate for the past several decades. At issue are the clay minerals found in a class of meteorites known as carbonaceous chondrites. These clay minerals are the product of aqueous alteration of anhydrous mineral phases, such as olivine and orthopyroxene, that are often present in the chondrules. Moreover, there is a strong correlation in the occurrence of clay minerals and the presence of polar organic molecules. It has been shown in laboratory experiments at low temperature and ambient pressure that polar organic molecules, such as the oxalate found in meteorites, can catalyze the crystallization of clay minerals. In this study, we show that oxalate is a robust catalyst in the crystallization of saponite, an Al- and Mg-rich, trioctahedral 2:1 layer silicate, from a silicate gel at 60°C and ambient pressure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis of the saponite treated with octadecylammonium (n(C)=18) cations revealed the presence of 2:1 layer structures that have variable interlayer charge. The crystallization of these differently charged 2:1 layer silicates most likely occurred independently. The fact that 2:1 layer silicates with variable charge formed in the same gel has implications for our understanding of the origin of life, as these 2:1 clay minerals most likely replicate by a mechanism of template-catalyzed polymerization and transmit the charge distribution from layer to layer. If polar organic molecules like oxalate can catalyze the formation of clay-mineral crystals, which in turn promote clay microenvironments and provide abundant adsorption sites for other organic molecules present in solution, the interaction among these adsorbed molecules could lead to the polymerization of more complex organic molecules like RNA from nucleotides on early Earth.

  7. Formation of replicating saponite from a gel in the presence of oxalate: implications for the formation of clay minerals in carbonaceous chondrites and the origin of life.

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    Schumann, Dirk; Hartman, Hyman; Eberl, Dennis D; Sears, S Kelly; Hesse, Reinhard; Vali, Hojatollah

    2012-06-01

    The potential role of clay minerals in the abiotic origin of life has been the subject of ongoing debate for the past several decades. At issue are the clay minerals found in a class of meteorites known as carbonaceous chondrites. These clay minerals are the product of aqueous alteration of anhydrous mineral phases, such as olivine and orthopyroxene, that are often present in the chondrules. Moreover, there is a strong correlation in the occurrence of clay minerals and the presence of polar organic molecules. It has been shown in laboratory experiments at low temperature and ambient pressure that polar organic molecules, such as the oxalate found in meteorites, can catalyze the crystallization of clay minerals. In this study, we show that oxalate is a robust catalyst in the crystallization of saponite, an Al- and Mg-rich, trioctahedral 2:1 layer silicate, from a silicate gel at 60C and ambient pressure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis of the saponite treated with octadecylammonium (n(C)=18) cations revealed the presence of 2:1 layer structures that have variable interlayer charge. The crystallization of these differently charged 2:1 layer silicates most likely occurred independently. The fact that 2:1 layer silicates with variable charge formed in the same gel has implications for our understanding of the origin of life, as these 2:1 clay minerals most likely replicate by a mechanism of template-catalyzed polymerization and transmit the charge distribution from layer to layer. If polar organic molecules like oxalate can catalyze the formation of clay-mineral crystals, which in turn promote clay microenvironments and provide abundant adsorption sites for other organic molecules present in solution, the interaction among these adsorbed molecules could lead to the polymerization of more complex organic molecules like RNA from nucleotides on early Earth. PMID:22794298

  8. [Species Determination and Spectral Characteristics of Swelling Clay Minerals in the Pliocene Sandstones in Xinghai, Qinghai].

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    Wang, Chao-wen; Chen, Jiang-jun; Fang, Qian; Yin, Ke; Hong, Han-lie

    2015-10-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) were conducted to deepen our research on specific species and spectral characteristics of swelling clay minerals in the Pliocene sandstones in Xinghai, Qinghai province. XRD results show that swelling clay minerals are dominant clay minerals in the sandstones, which can be up to 97% in percentage. XRD patterns show 060 reflections of the samples occur both remarkably at 1.534 and 1.498 , indicating the samples contain physical mixtures of trioctahedral and dioctahedral swelling clay minerals, respectively. Further treatment of Li-300 degrees C heat and glycerol saturation shows the swelling clay minerals collapse to 9.3-9.9 with a partial expansion to -18 . This indicates the swelling clay minerals dominate montmorillonite and contain minor saponite. The montmorillonite shows no swelling after Li-300 degrees C heat and glycerol saturation because of Li+ inserting into the octahedral layers, which balances the layer charge caused by the substitution of Mg to Al. FTIR results show the samples are composed of a kind of phyllosilicate with absorbed and structural water, which is in agreement with the results of XRD. Absorbed peaks at 913, 842, 880 cm(-1), corresponding to OH associated with Al-Al, Al-Mg, and Al-Fe pairs, further indicates the minerals are dominant dioctahedron in structure. Meanwhile, absorbed peaks at 625 and 519 cm(-1), corresponding to coupled Si-O and Al-O-Si deformation, indicates parts of Si is replaced by Al in tetrahedron. The spectral characteristics of the samples are against the presence of beidellite and nontronite based on the results of XRD and FTIR, while demonstrating an,existence of montmorillonite. This study, to distinguish the specific species of swelling clay species in clay minerals, would be of great importance when using clay mineralogy to interpret provenance and climatic information. PMID:26904841

  9. Lithium, a preliminary survey of its mineral occurrence in flint clay and related rock types in the United States

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    Tourtelot, H.A.; Brenner-Tourtelot, E. F.

    1978-01-01

    Maximum concentrations of lithium found in samples of flint clay and associated rocks of Pennsylvanian age in different States, in parts per million (ppm), are: Missouri, 5100; Pennsylvania-Maryland, 2100; Kentucky, 890; Ohio, 660; Alabama, 750; and Illinois, 160. Lithium-bearing kaolin deposits are distributed in the Coastal Plain province from New Jersey to Texas, and one occurs in Idaho; maximum lithium concentrations in samples from these deposits range from 64 to 180 ppm. The maximum concentration found in the Arkansas bauxite region is 460 ppm and that in flint clay in Colorado is 370 ppm. Samples from areas other than Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri are relatively few in number, represent mostly commercially valuable clays, and represent only a part of the refractory clay deposits in the United States. Data are not available on the clays associated with these deposits that may be unusable because they contain too much lithium as well as other deleterious elements. In both Pennsylvania and Missouri, lithium contents vary regionally between districts and locally between deposits. In samples containing more than 2000 ppm lithium, the lithium occurs in a dioctahedral chlorite mineral very similar to cookeite, which previously has not been recognized in sedimentary clays. The associated clays consist chiefly of well-crystallized kaolinite. The dioctahedral chlorite, however, seems to be most abundant where diaspore and boehmite occur along with the kaolinite. Barium, chromium, copper, phosphorus and strontium are present in some samples in amounts of several hundred pans per million or more, and may contribute to the failure of some clays to perform satisfactorily in firing tests. Lithium-rich clays could serve as a significant lithium resource in the very distant future. Clays that contain as much as 1% lithium may be common enough in Missouri or in Pennsylvania to be produced as a by-product to help support benefication costs for refractory clays. Sufficient amounts of lithium-rich clay may be found in deposits that have been explored, found unsatisfactory for normal refractory uses, and not developed. The lithium-rich clay in some deposits presently being worked may be worth stockpiling for eventual use. ?? 1978.

  10. Correlation of the Abundance of Betaproteobacteria on Mineral Surfaces with Mineral Weathering in Forest Soils

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    Lepleux, C.; Turpault, M. P.; Oger, P.; Frey-Klett, P.

    2012-01-01

    Pyrosequencing-based analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed a significant correlation between apatite dissolution and the abundance of betaproteobacteria on apatite surfaces, suggesting a role for the bacteria belonging to this phylum in mineral weathering. Notably, the cultivation-dependent approach demonstrated that the most efficient mineral-weathering bacteria belonged to the betaproteobacterial genus Burhkolderia. PMID:22798365

  11. Hollow nanoparticle nanotubes with a nanoscale brick wall structure of clay mineral platelets.

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    Ras, Robin H A; Ruotsalainen, Teemu; Laurikainen, Katri; Linder, Markus B; Ikkala, Olli

    2007-04-01

    Long hollow inorganic nanoparticle nanotubes have been synthesized by templating of block copolymer electrospun fibers with clay mineral platelets followed by interlinking of the platelets using condensation reactions. PMID:17377684

  12. Determination of the composition of the organic matter chemically stabilized by agricultural soil clay minerals: Spectroscopy and Density Fractionation

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    Oufqir, Sofia; Bloom, Paul; Toner, Brandy; Hatcher, Patrick

    2014-05-01

    The interactions between soil organic matter and clay minerals are considered important processes because of their ability to sequester C in soil for long periods of time, and hence control C in the global C cycle when present. However, differing results have been reported regarding the composition of the soil organic matter - aromatic fractions versus aliphatic fractions - associated with clay minerals. To clarify this critical issue and better understand the C sequestration process in soils, we aimed to determine the nature of the chemically bound natural organic matter on clay surfaces, and to probe the speciation and spatial distribution of C in the soil clay nanoparticles using direct spectroscopic measurements namely solid-state CP-MAS and DP-MAS 13C NMR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), and scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM). We tested the hypotheses that peptides and polysaccharides are stabilized by the smectite-illite clay while the lipids and black carbon are a separate phase; and that they are evenly distributed on clay surfaces. A soil clay fraction (5.5% organic C) was isolated from the surface of a prairie soil (Mollisol) in southwestern Minnesota, characterized by a pH 6.0, 32.5% clay content, and 3.7% organic carbon, using a sonication-sedimentation-siphoning process in distilled water. Then was subjected to density separation combined with low energy ultrasonic dispersion to separate the free organic and black C (light fraction) from the chemically bound C (heavy fraction). The XRD results indicated a dominance of interstratified smectite-illite clays in soil. The 13C-NMR spectra of the soil clay fraction suggested that polysaccharides and polypeptides are the prevailing components of the organic matter associated with the mineral clay, with only a minor component of aromatic C. The light fraction has strong alkyl C-H bands characteristic of fatty acids plus strong C-O bands characteristic of polysaccharides, including the anomeric C band centered at 105 ppm. The aromatic band at 130 ppm and the phenolic C-O band at 150 pm are strong as well indicating the presence of black carbon and lignin-derived components, contrary to the heavy fraction where they are almost absent. STXM results indicated that the proteins are abundant in the soil clay fraction, separate from lipids, and partially associated with saccharides. The black carbon constitutes a separate phase, but is amply present with lipids and lignin-derived compounds in the light fraction. We conclude that (1) the smectite-illite sheets in our soils preferentially retain peptides, and polysaccharides favoring the protection of these normally readily biodegradable fractions relative to the lignin-derived phenolic components; (2) the black carbon constitutes a major component of the light fraction, and is partially attached to the organic matter bonded with the smectitic clays; and (3) the lipids are associated with soil clay fraction as a separate phase, but are not bound to clay minerals.

  13. Clay Minerals as Solid Acids and Their Catalytic Properties.

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    Helsen, J.

    1982-01-01

    Discusses catalytic properties of clays, attributed to acidity of the clay surface. The formation of carbonium ions on montmorillonite is used as a demonstration of the presence of surface acidity, the enhanced dissociation of water molecules when polarized by cations, and the way the surface can interact with organic substances. (Author/JN)

  14. Evaluation of the medicinal use of clay minerals as antibacterial agents.

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    Williams, Lynda B; Haydel, Shelley E

    2010-07-01

    Natural clays have been used to heal skin infections since the earliest recorded history. Recently our attention was drawn to a clinical use of French green clay (rich in Fe-smectite) for healing Buruli ulcer, a necrotizing fasciitis ('flesh-eating' infection) caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. These clays and others like them are interesting as they may reveal an antibacterial mechanism that could provide an inexpensive treatment for this and other skin infections, especially in global areas with limited hospitals and medical resources.Microbiological testing of two French green clays, and other clays used traditionally for healing, identified three samples that were effective at killing a broad-spectrum of human pathogens. A clear distinction must be made between 'healing clays' and those we have identified as antibacterial clays. The highly adsorptive properties of many clays may contribute to healing a variety of ailments, although they are not antibacterial. The antibacterial process displayed by the three identified clays is unknown. Therefore, we have investigated the mineralogical and chemical compositions of the antibacterial clays for comparison with non-antibacterial clays in an attempt to elucidate differences that may lead to identification of the antibacterial mechanism(s).The two French green clays used to treat Buruli ulcer, while similar in mineralogy, crystal size, and major element chemistry, have opposite effects on the bacterial populations tested. One clay deposit promoted bacterial growth whereas another killed the bacteria. The reasons for the difference in antibacterial properties thus far show that the bactericidal mechanism is not physical (e.g., an attraction between clay and bacteria), but by a chemical transfer or reaction. The chemical variables are still under investigation.Cation exchange experiments showed that the antibacterial component of the clay can be removed, implicating exchangeable cations in the antibacterial process. Furthermore, aqueous leachates of the antibacterial clays effectively kill the bacteria. Progressively heating the clay leads first to dehydration (200 degrees C), then dehydroxylation (550 degrees C or more), and finally to destruction of the clay mineral structure by (~900 degrees C). By identifying the elements lost after each heating step, and testing the bactericidal effect of the heated product, we eliminated many toxins from consideration (e.g., microbes, organic compounds, volatile elements) and identified several redox-sensitive refractory metals that are common among antibacterial clays. We conclude that the pH and oxidation state buffered by the clay mineral surfaces is key to controlling the solution chemistry and redox related reactions occurring at the bacterial cell wall. PMID:20640226

  15. Evaluation of the medicinal use of clay minerals as antibacterial agents

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    Williams, Lynda B.; Haydel, Shelley E.

    2010-01-01

    Natural clays have been used to heal skin infections since the earliest recorded history. Recently our attention was drawn to a clinical use of French green clay (rich in Fe-smectite) for healing Buruli ulcer, a necrotizing fasciitis (‘flesh-eating’ infection) caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. These clays and others like them are interesting as they may reveal an antibacterial mechanism that could provide an inexpensive treatment for this and other skin infections, especially in global areas with limited hospitals and medical resources. Microbiological testing of two French green clays, and other clays used traditionally for healing, identified three samples that were effective at killing a broad-spectrum of human pathogens. A clear distinction must be made between ‘healing clays’ and those we have identified as antibacterial clays. The highly adsorptive properties of many clays may contribute to healing a variety of ailments, although they are not antibacterial. The antibacterial process displayed by the three identified clays is unknown. Therefore, we have investigated the mineralogical and chemical compositions of the antibacterial clays for comparison with non-antibacterial clays in an attempt to elucidate differences that may lead to identification of the antibacterial mechanism(s). The two French green clays used to treat Buruli ulcer, while similar in mineralogy, crystal size, and major element chemistry, have opposite effects on the bacterial populations tested. One clay deposit promoted bacterial growth whereas another killed the bacteria. The reasons for the difference in antibacterial properties thus far show that the bactericidal mechanism is not physical (e.g., an attraction between clay and bacteria), but by a chemical transfer or reaction. The chemical variables are still under investigation. Cation exchange experiments showed that the antibacterial component of the clay can be removed, implicating exchangeable cations in the antibacterial process. Furthermore, aqueous leachates of the antibacterial clays effectively kill the bacteria. Progressively heating the clay leads first to dehydration (200°C), then dehydroxylation (550°C or more), and finally to destruction of the clay mineral structure by (~900°C). By identifying the elements lost after each heating step, and testing the bactericidal effect of the heated product, we eliminated many toxins from consideration (e.g., microbes, organic compounds, volatile elements) and identified several redox-sensitive refractory metals that are common among antibacterial clays. We conclude that the pH and oxidation state buffered by the clay mineral surfaces is key to controlling the solution chemistry and redox related reactions occurring at the bacterial cell wall. PMID:20640226

  16. Enhanced cellular preservation by clay minerals in 1 billion-year-old lakes.

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    Wacey, David; Saunders, Martin; Roberts, Malcolm; Menon, Sarath; Green, Leonard; Kong, Charlie; Culwick, Timothy; Strother, Paul; Brasier, Martin D

    2014-01-01

    Organic-walled microfossils provide the best insights into the composition and evolution of the biosphere through the first 80 percent of Earth history. The mechanism of microfossil preservation affects the quality of biological information retained and informs understanding of early Earth palaeo-environments. We here show that 1 billion-year-old microfossils from the non-marine Torridon Group are remarkably preserved by a combination of clay minerals and phosphate, with clay minerals providing the highest fidelity of preservation. Fe-rich clay mostly occurs in narrow zones in contact with cellular material and is interpreted as an early microbially-mediated phase enclosing and replacing the most labile biological material. K-rich clay occurs within and exterior to cell envelopes, forming where the supply of Fe had been exhausted. Clay minerals inter-finger with calcium phosphate that co-precipitated with the clays in the sub-oxic zone of the lake sediments. This type of preservation was favoured in sulfate-poor environments where Fe-silicate precipitation could outcompete Fe-sulfide formation. This work shows that clay minerals can provide an exceptionally high fidelity of microfossil preservation and extends the known geological range of this fossilization style by almost 500 Ma. It also suggests that the best-preserved microfossils of this time may be found in low-sulfate environments. PMID:25068404

  17. The interaction of biological molecules with clay minerals: a scanning force microscopy study.

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    Porter, T L; Eastman, M P; Whitehorse, R; Bain, E; Manygoats, K

    2000-01-01

    We have used the technique of scanning force microscopy (SFM) to investigate the reaction of both amino acids and activated nucleotides in the presence of the clay mineral Cu(II)-exchanged hectorite. Using simulated prebiotic heating and wetting cycles, we have shown that the clay mineral acts to adsorb, concentrate, and subsequently catalyze the polymerization of these biological monomers into short peptides and oligonucleotides. The presence of the Cu(II) cations within the clay intergallery regions, and at surface step edges and cracks, is crucial for the observed reactions to occur. Clay minerals such as hectorite may have thus played an important role in the evolution of biologically viable molecules on the prebiotic earth. PMID:10768382

  18. The possible role of nannobacteria (dwarf bacteria) in clay-mineral diagenesis and the importance of careful sample preparation in high-magnification SEM study

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    Folk, R.L.; Lynch, F.L.

    1997-05-01

    Bacterial textures are present on clay minerals in Oligocene Frio Formation sandstones from the subsurface of the Corpus Christi area, Texas. In shallower samples, beads 0.05--0.1 {micro}m in diameter rim the clay flakes; at greater depth these beads become more abundant and eventually are perched on the ends of clay filaments of the same diameter. The authors believe that the beads are nannobacteria (dwarf forms) that have precipitated or transformed the clay minerals during burial of the sediments. Rosettes of chlorite also contain, after HCl etching, rows of 0.1 {micro}m bodies. In contrast, kaolinite shows no evidence of bacterial precipitation. The authors review other examples of bacterially precipitated clay minerals. A danger present in interpretation of earlier work (and much work of others) is the development of nannobacteria-looking artifacts caused by gold coating times in excess of one minute; the authors strongly recommend a 30-second coating time. Bacterial growth of clay minerals may be a very important process both in the surface and subsurface.

  19. Effect of cyclodextrins on surface and pore properties of soil clay minerals.

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    Jozefaciuk, G; Muranyi, A; Fenyvesi, E

    2001-12-15

    Although cyclodextrins are increasingly used in soil decontamination, little is known about their effects on soil physicochemical properties. In this work, the surface and pore properties of randomly methylated beta-cyclodextrin (RAMEB) and three typical clay minerals were characterized, and the effects of RAMEB concentrations on clay minerals were studied using water vapor adsorption-desorption and mercury intrusion porosimetry techniques. As compared to clay minerals, for pure RAMEB very large surface area and volume of nanometer-size pores (micropores) were determined. Energy of interaction with water vapor, volume of micrometer-size pores (mesopores), and fractal dimensions in both pore size ranges of RAMEB were lower than those of the minerals. When increasing amounts of RAMEB were added to the minerals, the surface area and micropore volume decreased and adsorption energy increased. The volume of mesopores decreased after RAMEB treatments for bentonite and kaolin and increased for illite. As deduced from the fractal dimensions increase, the pore structure of the minerals became more complex with RAMEB addition. The observed changes were in general contrary to these expected when RAMEB and minerals coexist as separate, nonreactive phases and suggested strong interaction of RAMEB with clay minerals. PMID:11775177

  20. MODELING OF CATION BINDING IN HYDRATED 2:1 CLAY MINERALS

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    Hydrated 2:1 clay minerals are high-surface area, layered silicates that play a unique role in determining the fate of ionic pollutants in the environment. These minerals, including smectites and vermiculites, make up a major component of many soils. Ionic pollutants, including r...

  1. Potential bioavailability of mercury in humus-coated clay minerals.

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    Zhu, Daiwen; Zhong, Huan

    2015-10-01

    It is well-known that both clay and organic matter in soils play a key role in mercury biogeochemistry, while their combined effect is less studied. In this study, kaolinite, vermiculite, and montmorillonite were coated or not with humus, and spiked with inorganic mercury (IHg) or methylmercury (MeHg). The potential bioavailability of mercury to plants or deposit-feeders was assessed by CaCl2 or bovine serum albumin (BSA) extraction. For uncoated clay, IHg or MeHg extraction was generally lower in montmorillonite, due to its greater number of functional groups. Humus coating increased partitioning of IHg (0.5%-13.7%) and MeHg (0.8%-52.9%) in clay, because clay-sorbed humus provided more strong binding sites for mercury. Furthermore, humus coating led to a decrease in IHg (3.0%-59.8% for CaCl2 and 2.1%-5.0% for BSA) and MeHg (8.9%-74.6% for CaCl2 and 0.5%-8.2% for BSA) extraction, due to strong binding between mercury and clay-sorbed humus. Among various humus-coated clay particles, mercury extraction by CaCl2 (mainly through cation exchange) was lowest in humus-coated vermiculite, explained by the strong binding between humus and vermiculite. The inhibitory effect of humus on mercury bioavailability was also evidenced by the negative relationship between mercury extraction by CaCl2 and mercury in the organo-complexed fraction. In contrast, extraction of mercury by BSA (principally through complexation) was lowest in humus-coated montmorillonite. This was because BSA itself could be extensively sorbed onto montmorillonite. Results suggested that humus-coated clay could substantially decrease the potential bioavailability of mercury in soils, which should be considered when assessing risk in mercury-contaminated soils. PMID:26456605

  2. [Analysis of XRD spectral characteristics of soil clay mineral in two typical cultivated soils].

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    Zhang, Zhi-Dan; Luo, Xiang-Li; Jiang, Hai-Chao; Li, Qiao; Shen, Cong-Ying; Liu, Hang; Zhou, Ya-Juan; Zhao, Lan-Po; Wang, Ji-Hong

    2014-07-01

    The present paper took black soil and chernozem, the typical cultivated soil in major grain producing area of Northeast, as the study object, and determinated the soil particle composition characteristics of two cultivated soils under the same climate and location. Then XRD was used to study the composition and difference of clay mineral in two kinds of soil and the evolutionary mechanism was explored. The results showed that the two kinds of soil particles were composed mainly of the sand, followed by clay and silt. When the particle accumulation rate reached 50%, the central particle size was in the 15-130 microm interval. Except for black soil profile of Shengli Xiang, the content of clay showed converse sequence to the central particle in two soils. Clay accumulated under upper layer (18.82%) in black soil profile while under caliche layer (17.41%) in chernozem profile. Clay content was the least in parent material horizon except in black profile of Quanyanling. Analysis of clay XRD atlas showed that the difference lied in not only the strength of diffraction peak, but also in the mineral composition. The main contents of black soil and chernozem were both 2 : 1 clay, the composition of black soil was smectite/illite mixed layer-illite-vermiculite and that of chernozem was S/I mixture-illite-montmorillonite, and both of them contained little kaolinite, chlorite, quartz and other primary mineral. This paper used XRD to determine the characteristics of clay minerals comprehensively, and analyzed two kinds of typical cultivated soil comparatively, and it was a new perspective of soil minerals study. PMID:25269317

  3. Kinetic study of aluminum adsorption by aluminosilicate clay minerals

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    Walker, W.J.; Cronan, C.S.; Patterson, H.H.

    1988-01-01

    The adsorption kinetics of Al/sup 3 +/ by montmorillonite, kaolinite, and vermiculite were investigated as a function of the initial Al concentration, the surface area of the clay, and H/sup +/ concentration, at 25/sup 0/, 18/sup 0/, and 10/sup 0/C. In order to minimize complicated side reactions the pH range was kept between 3.0 and 4.1. Results showed that the adsorption rate was first order with respect to both the initial Al concentration and the clay surface area. Changes in pH within this narrow range had virtually no effect on adsorption rate. This zero order reaction dependence suggested that the H/sup +/, compared to Al, has a weak affinity for the surface. The rates of adsorption decreased in the order of montmorillonite > kaolinite > vermiculite when compared on the basis of equal surface areas, but changed to kaolinite > montmorillonite > vermiculite when the clays were compared on an equal exchange capacity basis. The calculated apparent activation energies were < 32 kJ mol/sup -1/, indicating that over the temperature range of the study the adsorption process is only marginally temperature sensitive. The mechanism is governed by a simple electrostatic cation exchange involving outer sphere complexes between adsorbed Al and the clay surface. Vermiculite, may have a second reaction step governed by both electrostatic attraction and internal ion diffusion. Equilibrium constants for the formation of an adsorbed Al clay complex were also estimated and are 10/sup 5.34/, 10/sup 5.18/, and 10/sup 4.94/ for kaolinite, montmorillonite, and vermiculite, respectively, suggesting that these clays could play a significant role in controlling soil solutions Al concentrations.

  4. Clay-mineral suites, sources, and inferred dispersal routes: Southern California continental shelf

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    Hein, J.R.; Dowling, J.S.; Schuetze, A.; Lee, H.J.

    2003-01-01

    Clay mineralogy is useful in determining the distribution, sources, and dispersal routes of fine-grained sediments. In addition, clay minerals, especially smectite, may control the degree to which contaminants are adsorbed by the sediment. We analyzed 250 shelf sediment samples, 24 river-suspended-sediment samples, and 12 river-bed samples for clay-mineral contents in the Southern California Borderland from Point Conception to the Mexico border. In addition, six samples were analyzed from the Palos Verdes Headland in order to characterize the clay minerals contributed to the offshore from that point source. The <2 ??m-size fraction was isolated, Mg-saturated, and glycolated before analysis by X-ray diffraction. Semi-quantitative percentages of smectite, illite, and kaolinite plus chlorite were calculated using peak areas and standard weighting factors. Most fine-grained sediment is supplied to the shelf by rivers during major winter storms, especially during El Nin??o years. The largest sediment fluxes to the region are from the Santa Ynez and Santa Clara Rivers, which drain the Transverse Ranges. The mean clay-mineral suite for the entire shelf sediment data set (26% smectite, 50% illite, 24% kaolinite+chlorite) is closely comparable to that for the mean of all the rivers (31% smectite, 49% illite, 20% kaolinite+chlorite), indicating that the main source of shelf fine-grained sediments is the adjacent rivers. However, regional variations do exist and the shelf is divided into four provinces with characteristic clay-mineral suites. The means of the clay-mineral suites of the two southernmost provinces are within analytical error of the mineral suites of adjacent rivers. The next province to the north includes Santa Monica Bay and has a suite of clay minerals derived from mixing of fine-grained sediments from several sources, both from the north and south. The northernmost province clay-mineral suite matches moderately well that of the adjacent rivers, but does indicate some mixing from sources in adjacent provinces.

  5. Measurement of clay surface areas by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) sorption and its use for quantifying illite and smectite abundance

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    Blum, A.E.; Eberl, D.D.

    2004-01-01

    A new method has been developed for quantifying smectite abundance by sorbing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on smectite particles dispersed in aqueous solution. The sorption density of PVP-55K on a wide range of smectites, illites and kaolinites is ???0.99 mg/m2, which corresponds to ???0.72 g of PVP-55K per gram of montmorillonite. Polyvinylpyrrolidone sorption on smectites is independent of layer charge and solution pH. PVP sorption on Si02, Fe 2O3 and ZnO normalized to the BET surface area is similar to the sorption densities on smectites. ??-Al 2O3, amorphous Al(OH)3 and gibbsite have no PVP sorption over a wide range of pH, and sorption of PVP by organics is minimal. The insensitivity of PVP sorption densities to mineral layer charge, solution pH and mineral surface charge indicates that PVP sorption is not localized at charged sites, but is controlled by more broadly distributed sorption mechanisms such as Van der Waals' interactions and/or hydrogen bonding. Smectites have very large surface areas when dispersed as single unit-cell-thick particles (???725 m2/g) and usually dominate the total surface areas of natural samples in which smectites are present. In this case, smectite abundance is directly proportional to PVP sorption. In some cases, however, the accurate quantification of smectite abundance by PVP sorption may require minor corrections for PVP uptake by other phases, principally illite and kaolinite. Quantitative XRD can be combined with PVP uptake measurements to uniquely determine the smectite concentration in such sample. ?? 2004, The Clay Minerals Society.

  6. Reliable Quantitative Mineral Abundances of the Martian Surface using THEMIS

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    Smith, R. J.; Huang, J.; Ryan, A. J.; Christensen, P. R.

    2013-12-01

    The following presents a proof of concept that given quality data, Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) data can be used to derive reliable quantitative mineral abundances of the Martian surface using a limited mineral library. The THEMIS instrument aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft is a multispectral thermal infrared imager with a spatial resolution of 100 m/pixel. The relatively high spatial resolution along with global coverage makes THEMIS datasets powerful tools for comprehensive fine scale petrologic analyses. However, the spectral resolution of THEMIS is limited to 8 surface sensitive bands between 6.8 and 14.0 ?m with an average bandwidth of ~ 1 ?m, which complicates atmosphere-surface separation and spectral analysis. This study utilizes the atmospheric correction methods of both Bandfield et al. [2004] and Ryan et al. [2013] joined with the iterative linear deconvolution technique pioneered by Huang et al. [in review] in order to derive fine-scale quantitative mineral abundances of the Martian surface. In general, it can be assumed that surface emissivity combines in a linear fashion in the thermal infrared (TIR) wavelengths such that the emitted energy is proportional to the areal percentage of the minerals present. TIR spectra are unmixed using a set of linear equations involving an endmember library of lab measured mineral spectra. The number of endmembers allowed in a spectral library are restricted to a quantity of n-1 (where n = the number of spectral bands of an instrument), preserving one band for blackbody. Spectral analysis of THEMIS data is thus allowed only seven endmembers. This study attempts to prove that this limitation does not prohibit the derivation of meaningful spectral analyses from THEMIS data. Our study selects THEMIS stamps from a region of Mars that is well characterized in the TIR by the higher spectral resolution, lower spatial resolution Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) instrument (143 bands at 10 cm-1 sampling and 3x5 km pixel). Multiple atmospheric corrections are performed for one image using the methods of Bandfield et al. [2004] and Ryan et al. [2013]. 7x7 pixel areas were selected, averaged, and compared using each atmospherically corrected image to ensure consistency. Corrections that provided reliable data were then used for spectral analyses. Linear deconvolution is performed using an iterative spectral analysis method [Huang et al. in review] that takes an endmember spectral library, and creates mineral combinations based on prescribed mineral group selections. The script then performs a spectral mixture analysis on each surface spectrum using all possible mineral combinations, and reports the best modeled fit to the measured spectrum. Here we present initial results from Syrtis Planum where multiple atmospherically corrected THEMIS images were deconvolved to produce similar spectral analysis results, within the detection limit of the instrument. THEMIS mineral abundances are comparable to TES-derived abundances. References: Bandfield, JL et al. [2004], JGR 109, E10008 Huang, J et al., JGR, in review Ryan, AJ et al. [2013], AGU Fall Meeting

  7. Manganese(II)-catalyzed and clay-minerals-mediated reduction of chromium(VI) by citrate.

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    Sarkar, Binoy; Naidu, Ravi; Krishnamurti, Gummuluru S R; Megharaj, Mallavarapu

    2013-01-01

    Unlike lower valent iron (Fe), the potential role of lower valent manganese (Mn) in the reduction of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in soil is poorly documented. In this study, we report that citrate along with Mn(II) and clay minerals (montmorillonite and kaolinite) reduce Cr(VI) both in aqueous phase and in the presence of dissolved organic carbon (SDOC) extracted from a forest soil. The reduction was favorable at acidic pH (up to pH 5) and followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. The citrate (10 mM) + Mn(II) (182.02 ?M) + clay minerals (3% w/v) system in SDOC accounted for complete reduction of Cr(VI) (192.32 ?M) in about 72 h at pH 4.9. In this system, citrate was the reductant, Mn(II) was a catalyst, and the clay minerals acted as an accelerator for both the reductant and catalyst. The clay minerals also serve as a sink for Cr(III). This study reveals the underlying mechanism of the Mn(II)-induced reduction of Cr(VI) by organic ligand in the presence of clay minerals under certain environmental conditions. PMID:24195488

  8. ATTENUATION OF POLLUTANTS IN MUNICIPAL LANDFILL LEACHATE BY CLAY MINERALS

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    The first part of this project was a laboratory column study of attenuation of pollutants in municipal solid waste landfill leachate by mixtures of sand and calcium-saturated clays. K, NH4, Mg, Si, and Fe were moderately attenuated; and the heavy metals Pb, Cd, Hg, and Zn were st...

  9. Modeling of Cation Binding in Hydrated 2:1 Clay Minerals - Final Report

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    Smith, David E.

    2000-09-14

    Hydrated 2:1 clay minerals are high surface area, layered silicates that play a unique role in determining the fate of radionuclides in the environment. This project consisted of developing and implementing computer simulation methods for molecular characterization of the swelling and ion exchange properties of Hydrated 2:1 clay minerals, and the subsequent analysis and theoretical modeling with a view toward improving contaminant transport modeling as well as soil remediation and radionuclide containment strategies. Project results included the (a) development of simulation methods to treat clays under environmentally relevant conditions of variable water vapor pressure; (b) calculation of clay swelling thermodynamics as a function of interlayer ion size and charge (calculated quantities include immersion energies, free energies, and entropies of swelling); and (c) calculation of ion exchange free energies, including contributions from changing interlayer water contents and layer spacing.

  10. Molecular dynamics simulations of water, solution, and clay mineral-water systems (Invited)

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    Kawamura, K.

    2009-12-01

    Clays and clay minerals together with zeolites are major mineral components in the earth's surface environment. These minerals interact with the atmosphere, natural water, inorganic and organic components in soils, etc. Physicochemical processes in the surface region are generally complex and difficult to understand because of the complicated "molecular" structures and the ambient conditions under wet circumstances. We have investigated the structure and physical/dynamical properties of the mineral-gas/liquid systems by means of molecular simulation methods; molecular dynamics and Metropolis Monte Carlo methods. Swelling of smectite and adsorption of inorganic molecules in clay minerals and zeolites, etc. were simulated and analyzed on the basis of the atomic and molecular processes. We have developed atomic and molecular interaction models of inorganic systems. The models compose of electrostatic, short range repulsive, van der Waals and covalent (radial and angular) terms with respect to all the elements appeared in the mineral-water systems. All of our molecular dynamics simulations (MD) were performed with full degree of freedom of atom motions. Using the model for H2O molecule, the structure and physical properties such as density, diffusion coefficients, etc. of ice polymorphs and water are well reproduced. Alkaliharide aqueous solutions and gas hydrates and their (hydrophobic) solutions are also reasonably simulated. Clay mineral-water interactions are particularly important to understand the mechanical and chemical processes in the environments, in order to develop nano-composite materials, and to use clays in engineering applications. Absorption and swelling are the most remarkable properties of clay minerals, specially smectite. We have investigate these properties by means of molecular simulation methods using various clay minerals-water/solution systems. The swelling curves, the relation between humidity and the basal spacings, were reproduced quantitatively, and nano-scopic structural and dynamic properties of interlayer aqueous solutions were obtained. Wetting of clay mineral surfaces determines the mechanical properties of clays, soils and sedimentary rocks. We investigated the wetting properties of smectite, kaolinite, pyrophyllite, brucite, etc. The wetness of these minerals is quite different with each other. The reson of these difference was demonstrated by our molecular simulations. One of our main purpose of studying clay nano-properties ais to know the fundamental nano-mechanical characteristics of clays, and to apply these properties to predict long term behavior of clay-based materials, such as engineering barriers for radioactive waste disposal. For this purpose, unified nano-micro-macro mechanical approaches should be established (Ichikawa, et al. (1999)Unified molecular dynamics and homogenization analysis for bentonite behavior: Current results and future possibilities. Engineering Geology, 54, 21-31. Choi, et al. (2008) Transport phenomena in kaolinite clay: Molecular simulation, homogenization analysis. Int.J.Numer. Analy. Meth. Geomech., DOI:10.1002/nag.744.)

  11. Bioremediation of PAHs and VOCs: Advances in clay mineral-microbial interaction.

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    Biswas, Bhabananda; Sarkar, Binoy; Rusmin, Ruhaida; Naidu, Ravi

    2015-12-01

    Bioremediation is an effective strategy for cleaning up organic contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Advanced bioremediation implies that biotic agents are more efficient in degrading the contaminants completely. Bioremediation by microbial degradation is often employed and to make this process efficient, natural and cost-effective materials can serve as supportive matrices. Clay/modified clay minerals are effective adsorbents of PAHs/VOCs, and readily available substrate and habitat for microorganisms in the natural soil and sediment. However, the mechanism underpinning clay-mediated biodegradation of organic compounds is often unclear, and this requires critical investigation. This review describes the role of clay/modified clay minerals in hydrocarbon bioremediation through interaction with microbial agents in specific scenarios. The vision is on a faster, more efficient and cost-effective bioremediation technique using clay-based products. This review also proposes future research directions in the field of clay modulated microbial degradation of hydrocarbons. PMID:26408945

  12. Atom exchange between aqueous Fe(II) and structural Fe in clay minerals.

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    Neumann, Anke; Wu, Lingling; Li, Weiqiang; Beard, Brian L; Johnson, Clark M; Rosso, Kevin M; Frierdich, Andrew J; Scherer, Michelle M

    2015-03-01

    Due to their stability toward reductive dissolution, Fe-bearing clay minerals are viewed as a renewable source of Fe redox activity in diverse environments. Recent findings of interfacial electron transfer between aqueous Fe(II) and structural Fe in clay minerals and electron conduction in octahedral sheets of nontronite, however, raise the question whether Fe interaction with clay minerals is more dynamic than previously thought. Here, we use an enriched isotope tracer approach to simultaneously trace Fe atom movement from the aqueous phase to the solid ((57)Fe) and from the solid into the aqueous phase ((56)Fe). Over 6 months, we observed a significant decrease in aqueous (57)Fe isotope fraction, with a fast initial decrease which slowed after 3 days and stabilized after about 50 days. For the aqueous (56)Fe isotope fraction, we observed a similar but opposite trend, indicating that Fe atom movement had occurred in both directions: from the aqueous phase into the solid and from the solid into aqueous phase. We calculated that 5-20% of structural Fe in clay minerals NAu-1, NAu-2, and SWa-1 exchanged with aqueous Fe(II), which significantly exceeds the Fe atom layer exposed directly to solution. Calculations based on electron-hopping rates in nontronite suggest that the bulk conduction mechanism previously demonstrated for hematite1 and suggested as an explanation for the significant Fe atom exchange observed in goethite2 may be a plausible mechanism for Fe atom exchange in Fe-bearing clay minerals. Our finding of 5-20% Fe atom exchange in clay minerals indicates that we need to rethink how Fe mobility affects the macroscopic properties of Fe-bearing phyllosilicates and its role in Fe biogeochemical cycling, as well as its use in a variety of engineered applications, such as landfill liners and nuclear repositories. PMID:25671351

  13. Crystallization and textural porosity of synthetic clay minerals.

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    Carrado, K. A.; Csencsits, R.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Seifert, S.; Macha, S. M.; Harwood, J.; Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; IIT

    2002-12-01

    The crystallization of synthetic layered magnesium silicate hectorite clays from both silica sol and organosilane sources is compared. For the silica sol-derived clays, a templating method is employed wherein organic or polymeric molecules are included during clay crystallization that are then removed from the composites via calcination. The mechanism of silane-derived hectorite formation is followed by XRD, TGA, 29Si MAS NMR, and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and results are compared to those obtained for the sol-derived hectorite. The mechanism appears to be similar but the rate is approximately doubled when the silane is used rather than silica sol. Analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is exploited to glean structural morphology information towards resolving the nature of the resulting pore network structures. Results are compared with nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm behavior; dominant hysteresis loops are present in the type IV isotherms. Pore size distributions based on both the adsorption and desorption isotherms are compared. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments reveal that the average particle size increases as synthetic laponite < sol-derived hectorite < silane-derived hectorite < natural hectorite. Contrast matching SANS studies in aqueous and organic solvents are carried out to extract information about pore accessibility.

  14. Reduction and immobilization of hexavalent chromium by microbially reduced Fe-bearing clay minerals

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Glasser, Paul; Dong, Hailiang; Arey, Bruce; Kovarik, Libor

    2014-05-01

    Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) is a major contaminant in the environment. As a redox-sensitive element, the fate and toxicity of chromium is controlled by reduction-oxidation (redox) reactions. Previous research has shown the ability of structural Fe(II) in naturally present and chemically reduced clay minerals to reduce Cr6+ to Cr(III) as a way of immobilization and detoxification. However, it is still poorly known whether or not structural Fe(II) in biologically reduced clay minerals exhibits a similar reactivity and if so, what the kinetics and mechanisms of Cr6+ reduction are. The objective of this study was to determine the kinetics and possible mechanisms of Cr6+ reduction by structural Fe(II) in microbially reduced clay minerals and the nature of reduced Cr(III). Structural Fe(III) in nontronite (NAu-2), montmorillonite (SWy-2), chlorite (CCa-2), and clay-rich sediments from the Ringold Formation of the Hanford site of Washington State, USA was first bioreduced to Fe(II) by an iron-reducing bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens with acetate as the sole electron donor and anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS) as electron shuttle in synthetic groundwater (pH 7). Biogenic Fe(II) was then used to reduce aqueous Cr6+ at three different temperatures, 10, 20, and 30 °C, in order to determine the temperature dependence of the redox reaction between Cr6+ and clay-Fe(II). The results showed that nontronite and montmorillonite were most effective in reducing aqueous Cr6+ at all three temperatures. In contrast, most Fe(II) in chlorite was not reactive towards Cr6+ reduction at 10 °C, though at 30 °C there was some reduction. For all the clay minerals, the ratio of total Fe(II) oxidized to Cr6+ reduced was close to the expected stoichiometric value of 3. Characterization of the Cr-clay reaction product with scanning electron microscopy with focused ion beam and transmission electron microscopy with electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed that reduced chromium was possibly in the form of sub-nanometer Cr2O3 in association with residual clay minerals as micro-aggregates. This textural association was expected to minimize the chance of Cr(III) reoxidation upon exposure to oxidants. These results are important for our understanding of how various clay minerals may be used to reductively immobilize the heavy metal contaminant Cr in the environment.

  15. Reduction And Immobilization Of Hexavalent Chromium By Microbially Reduced Fe-bearing Clay Minerals

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Glasser, Paul; Dong, Hailiang; Arey, Bruce W.; Kovarik, Libor

    2014-05-15

    Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) is a major contaminant in the environment. As a redox-sensitive element, the fate and toxicity of chromium is controlled by reduction-oxidation (redox) reactions. Previous research has shown the ability of structural Fe(II) in naturally present and chemically reduced clay minerals to reduce Cr6+ to Cr(III) as a way of immobilization and detoxification. However, it is still poorly known whether or not structural Fe(II) in biologically reduced clay minerals exhibits a similar reactivity and if so, what the kinetics and mechanisms of Cr6+ reduction are. The objective of this study was to determine the kinetics and possible mechanisms of Cr6+ reduction by structural Fe(II) in microbially reduced clay minerals and the nature of reduced Cr(III). Structural Fe(III) in nontronite (NAu-2), montmorillonite (SWy-2), chlorite (CCa-2), and clay-rich sediments from the Ringold Formation of the Hanford site of Washington State, USA was first bioreduced to Fe(II) by an iron-reducing bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens with acetate as the sole electron donor and anthraquinone-2,6-disulfate (AQDS) as electron shuttle in synthetic groundwater (pH 7). Biogenic Fe(II) was then used to reduce aqueous Cr6+ at three different temperatures, 10°, 20°, and 30°C, in order to determine the temperature dependence of the redox reaction between Cr6+ and clay-Fe(II). The results showed that nontronite and montmorillonite were most effective in reducing aqueous Cr6+ at all three temperatures. In contrast, most Fe(II) in chlorite was not reactive towards Cr6+ reduction at 10°C, though at 30°C there was some reduction. For all the clay minerals, the ratio of total Fe(II) oxidized to Cr6+ reduced was close to the expected stoichiometric value of 3. Characterization of the Cr-clay reaction product with scanning electron microscopy with focused ion beam and transmission electron microscopy with electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed that reduced chromium was possibly in the form of sub-nanometer Cr2O3 in association with residual clay minerals as micro-aggregates. This textural association was expected to minimize the chance of Cr(III) reoxidation upon exposure to oxidants. These results are important for our understanding of how various clay minerals may be used to reductively immobilize the heavy metal contaminant Cr in the environment.

  16. Implications of Clay Mineral-RNA Interactions for the Origin of Life

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    Stephenson, J. D.; Ditzler, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Due to its ability to both store information and catalyze reactions, RNA is considered by many to have been the dominant biopolymer at the origin of life. We are screening a large, random RNA population for catalytic activity in the presence and absence of prebiotically relevant clay minerals, to investigate the effect of RNA-clay mineral interactions on RNA function. There is an extensive precedent for screening RNA populations for enzymatic functions such as ligation, cleavage and binding in the laboratory. While several environmental parameters have been explored, previous screens have not considered geological interactions. This is surprising as the role of clay minerals has featured prominently in many origin of life theories. Recent empirical evidence demonstrating that clay minerals can adsorb and protect RNA molecules as well as catalyze RNA polymerization has specifically reinvigorated the proposed importance of clay mineral-RNA interactions. Although the identity of the first true biomolecules remains uncertain, interaction between emerging life and its geological environment appears inevitable. We therefore consider understanding the effect of geological-biological interactions to be of crucial importance when considering the earliest biopolymers at the origin of life. Our screens are from a random population of 10^14 unique random RNA sequences and are conducted with and without montmorillonite clay. We are screening for the ability of sequences to self cleave, one of the most basic enzymatic functions considered important to the earliest biopolymers. Our RNA function screens will therefore illuminate the effect of geological interactions at a crucial stage of early evolution.

  17. Experimental Constraints on Microbial Liberation of Structural Iron from Common Clay Minerals in Marine Sediments

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    Metcalfe, K. S.; Gaines, R. R.; Trang, J.; Scott, S. W.; Crane, E. J.; Lackey, J.; Prokopenko, M. G.; Berelson, W.

    2013-12-01

    Iron is a limiting nutrient in many marine settings. The marine Fe-cycle is complex because Fe may be used as an electron donor or acceptor and cycled many times before ultimate burial in sediments. Thus, the availability of iron plays a large role in the marine carbon cycle, influencing not only the extent of primary productivity but also the oxidation of organic matter in sediments. The primary constituents of marine sediments are clay minerals, which commonly contain lattice-bound Fe in octahedral sites. In marine settings, the pool of Fe bound within silicate mineral lattices has long been considered reactive only over long timescales, and thus non-bioavailable. In vitro experimental evidence has shown that lab cultures of Fe-reducing bacteria are able to utilize structurally-bound Fe (III) from the crystal lattice of nontronite, an uncommon but particularly Fe-rich (> 12 wt.%) smectite. Importantly, this process is capable of liberating Fe (II) to solution, where it is available to biotic processes as an electron donor. In order to constrain the capacity of naturally-occurring marine bacteria to liberate structurally-coordinated Fe from the lattices of common clay minerals, we exposed a suite of 16 different clay minerals (0.8-13.9 wt.% Fe) to lab cultures of known Fe-reducer S. onenidensis MR-1 and to a natural consortium of Fe-reducing microbes from the San Pedro and Santa Monica Basins over timescales ranging from 7-120 days. Clay minerals were treated with Na-dithionite to extract surface-bound Fe prior to exposure. Crystallographic data and direct measurements of Fe in solution demonstrate the release of structural Fe from all clay minerals analyzed. Neoformation of illite and amorphous quartz were observed. The array of clay minerals and microbes used in this experiment complement past findings and suggest that common clay minerals may represent a large and previously unrecognized pool of bioavailable Fe in the world ocean that contributes significantly to biogeochemical cycling of Fe and C.

  18. Chemistry and mineralogy of clay minerals in Asian and Saharan dusts and the implications for iron availability

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    Jeong, G. Y.; Achterberg, E. P.

    2014-06-01

    Mineral dust supplied to remote ocean regions stimulates phytoplankton growth through delivery of micronutrients, notably iron (Fe). Although attention is usually paid to Fe (hydr)oxides as major sources of available Fe, Fe-bearing clay minerals are typically the dominant phase in mineral dust. The mineralogy and chemistry of clay minerals in dust particles, however, are largely unknown. We conducted microscopic identification and chemical analysis of the clay minerals in Asian and Saharan dust particles. Cross-sectional slices of dust particles were prepared by focused ion beam (FIB) techniques and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). TEM images of FIB slices revealed that clay minerals occurred as either nano-thin platelets or relatively thick plates. The nano-thin platelets included illite, smectite, illite-smectite mixed layers and their nanoscale mixtures (illite-smectite series clay minerals, ISCMs) which could not be resolved with an electron microbeam. EDXS chemical analysis of the clay mineral grains revealed that the average Fe content was 5.8% in nano-thin ISCM platelets assuming 14% H2O, while the Fe content of illite and chlorite was 2.8 and 14.8%, respectively. In addition, TEM and EDXS analyses were performed on clay mineral grains dispersed and loaded on microgrids. The average Fe content of clay mineral grains was 6.7 and 5.4% in Asian and Saharan dusts, respectively. A comparative X-ray diffraction analysis of bulk dusts showed that Saharan dust was more enriched in clay minerals than in Asian dust, while Asian dust was more enriched in chlorite. The average Fe / Si, Al / Si and Fe / Al molar ratios of the clay minerals, compared to previously reported chemistries of mineral dusts and leached solutions, indicated that dissolved Fe originated from clay minerals. Clay minerals, in particular nanocrystalline ISCMs and Fe-rich chlorite are important sources of available Fe in remote marine ecosystems. Further detailed analyses of the mineralogy and chemistry of clay minerals in global aerosols are required to determine the inputs of Fe available to surface ocean microbial communities.

  19. Effect of purity on adsorption capacities of a Mars-like clay mineral at different pressures

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    Jenkins, Traci; Mcdoniel, Bridgett; Bustin, Roberta; Allton, Judith H.

    1992-01-01

    There has been considerable interest in adsorption of carbon dioxide on Marslike clay minerals. Some estimates of the carbon dioxide reservoir capacity of the martian regolith were calculated from the amount of carbon dioxide adsorbed on the ironrich smectite nontronite under martian conditions. The adsorption capacity of pure nontronite could place upper limits on the regolith carbon dioxide reservoir, both at present martian atmospheric pressure and at the postulated higher pressures required to permit liquid water on the surface. Adsorption of carbon dioxide on a Clay Mineral Society standard containing nontronite was studied over a wide range of pressures in the absence of water. Similar experiments were conducted on the pure nontronite extracted from the natural sample. Heating curves were obtained to help characterize and determine the purity of the clay sample.

  20. Frictional properties of the shallow Nankai Trough accretionary sediments dependent on the content of clay minerals

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    Takahashi, Miki; Azuma, Shuhei; Ito, Hidenori; Kanagawa, Kyuichi; Inoue, Atsuyuki

    2014-12-01

    We conducted triaxial friction experiments on the shallow Nankai Trough accretionary sediments at confining pressures, pore water pressures, temperatures close to their in situ conditions, and axial displacement rates ( V axial) changed stepwise among 0.1, 1, and 10m/s. The results revealed that their frictional properties change systematically according to the content of clay minerals, smectite in particular. The steady-state friction coefficient ( ? ss) at V axial = 1m/s decreases with increasing clay mineral content, shown in weight percent, from 0.82 for a sandstone sample (6 wt%), through 0.71 for a tuff sample (?17 wt%), and 0.53 to 0.56 for siltstone samples (29 to 34 wt%), to 0.25 for a claystone sample (42 wt%). Slip-dependent frictional behavior changes accordingly from slip hardening for the sandstone sample, through quasi steady-state slip for the tuff and siltstone samples, to distinct slip weakening for the claystone sample. Although all samples exhibit velocity-strengthening behavior upon stepwise changes in sliding velocity, the ratio of the ( a - b) value to the velocity dependence of steady-state friction (? ? ss/?ln V sliding) decreases with increasing clay mineral content, which implies that the friction component decreases while the flow component increases accordingly. Thus, faulting in the shallow Nankai Trough accretionary prism is likely controlled by the clay mineral content, in particular the smectite content, in the sediments as well as in the fault zones.

  1. FINAL REPORT. MODELING OF CATION BINDING IN HYDRATED 2:1 CLAY MINERALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Hydrated 2:1 clay minerals are high surface area, layered silicates that play a unique rolein determining the fate of radionuclides in the environment. This project consisted of developing and implementing computer simulation methods for molecular characterization of the swellin...

  2. Modeling selenite adsorption envelopes on oxides, clay minerals, and soils using the triple layer model

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Selenite adsorption behavior was investigated on amorphous aluminum and iron oxides, clay minerals: kaolinite, montmorillonite, and illite, and 45 surface and subsurface soil samples from the Southwestern and Midwestern regions of the USA as a function of solution pH. Selenite adsorption decreased ...

  3. Modeling selenate adsorption behavior on oxides, clay minerals, and soils using the triple layer model

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    Selenate adsorption behavior was investigated on amorphous aluminum oxide, amorphous iron oxide, goethite, clay minerals: kaolinites, montmorillonites, illite, and 18 soil samples from Hawaii, and the Southwestern and the Midwestern regions of the US as a function of solution pH. Selenate adsorpti...

  4. Catalytic activity of hammerhead ribozymes in a clay mineral environment: implications for the RNA world.

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    Biondi, Elisa; Branciamore, Sergio; Fusi, Luca; Gago, Selma; Gallori, Enzo

    2007-03-01

    The hypothesized RNA-based world would have required the presence of a protected environment in which RNA, or an RNA-like molecule, could originate and express its biological activity. Recent studies have indicated that RNA molecules adsorbed/bound on clay minerals are able to persist in the presence of degrading agents, to interact with surrounding molecules, and to transmit the information contained in their nucleotide sequences. In this study, we assessed the ability of RNA molecules with catalytic activity to perform a specific reaction in a mineral environment. For this purpose, we investigated the self-cleavage reaction of the hammerhead ribozyme of the Avocado Sun Blotch Viroid (ASBVd), both in the monomeric and in dimeric forms. The monomeric transcript was tightly bound on the clay mineral montmorillonite to form a stable complex, while the behaviour of the dimeric transcript was studied in the presence of the clay particles in the reaction mixture. The results indicated that the hammerhead ribozyme was still active when the monomeric transcript was adsorbed on the clay surface, even though its efficiency was reduced to about 20% of that in solution. Moreover, the self-cleavage of clay-adsorbed molecule was significantly enhanced ( approximately four times) by the presence of the 5' reaction product. The self-cleavage reaction of the dimeric transcript in the presence of montmorillonite indicated that the mineral particles protected the RNA molecules against aspecific degradation and increased the rate of cleavage kinetics by about one order of magnitude. These findings corroborate the hypothesis that clay-rich environments would have been a good habitat in which RNA or RNA-like molecules could originate, accumulate and undergo Darwinian evolutionary processes, leading to the first living cells on Earth. PMID:17125938

  5. Clay minerals in primitive meteorites and interplanetary dust 1

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    Zolensky, M. E.; Keller, L. P.

    1991-01-01

    Many meteorites and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) with primitive compositions contain significant amounts of phyllosilicate minerals, which are generally interpreted as evidence of protoplanetary aqueous alteration at an early period of the solar system. These meteorites are chondrites (near solar composition) of the carbonaceous and ordinary varieties. The former are subdivided (according to bulk composition and petrology) into CI, CM, CV, CO, CR, and ungrouped classes. IDPs are extraterrestrial particulates, collected in stratosphere, which have chemical compositions indicative of a primitive origin; they are typically distinct from the primitive meteorites. Characterization of phyllosilicates in these materials is a high priority because of the important physico-chemical information they hold. The most common phyllosilicates present in chondritic extraterrestrial materials are serpentine-group minerals, smectites, and micas. We discuss these phyllosilicates and describe the interpretation of their occurrence in meteorites and IDPs and what this indicates about history of their parent bodies, which are probably the hydrous asteroids.

  6. Clay minerals in basin of Mexico lacustrine sediments and their influence on ion mobility in groundwater

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    Warren, C. J.; Rudolph, D. L.

    1997-09-01

    Semiconfined aquifers used as the principal water supply within the Basin of Mexico are overlain by lacustrine deposits that provide a degree of protection from contamination associated with metropolitan Mexico City. Solute transport behavior and the nature of chemical interactions with mineral components in these sediments is poorly understood. The objectives of this paper were to identify the clay mineral phases of the lacustrine sediments and to determine the significance of the exchange properties of the day minerals on contaminant transport processes. Samples obtained from two cores were separated into sand, silt, and clay-size fractions. The clay-size fraction was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and for specific surface area and pH-dependent cation and anion exchange capacity. The clay-sized fraction averaged 56% of the sediment. Analyses indicated that the clay was predominantly composed of a Si-rich allophane with approximately 30% montmorillonite. Halloysite was also present to a depth of about 1.5 m, but was absent deeper in the sediment. Kaolinite and illite, reported in previous studies, and imogolite were not found in the samples. Solute transport in the sediment was modeled to demonstrate the impact of exchange properties imparted by the allophane compared to other possible clay mineral assemblages. The predominance of allophane in the Basin of Mexico sediments is responsible for many of the fundamental characteristics of the material including: high porosity (0.8-0.9), high water content (200-400%), and an extremely high and pH-dependent cation exchange capacity. The pH of the pore water within the lacustrine sediments of the Basin of Mexico is typically between 6.5 and 12. Measured cation exchange values ranged from ? 450 meq kg -1 at pH 6.5 to ? 650 meq kg -1 at pH 12 which could produce variable cation mobility in the semiconfining aquitard. The simulations illustrated that allophane is very effective for retarding the leaching of cationic metals compared to other possible clay mineral suites, particularly at high pH values. Simulation of long-term infiltration indicated that trace metals will become concentrated in the clay matrix adjacent to fracture faces in the sediment near ground surface. As such, the aquitard behaves as an efficient barrier to the infiltration of cationic metals into the underlying aquifer.

  7. Cesium adsorption/desorption behavior of clay minerals considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima

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    Mukai, Hiroki; Hirose, Atsushi; Motai, Satoko; Kikuchi, Ryosuke; Tanoi, Keitaro; Nakanishi, Tomoko M.; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Kogure, Toshihiro

    2016-02-01

    Cesium adsorption/desorption experiments for various clay minerals, considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima, were conducted using the 137Cs radioisotope and an autoradiography using imaging plates (IPs). A 50 μl solution containing 0.185 ~ 1.85 Bq of 137Cs (10‑11 ~ 10‑9 molL‑1 of 137Cs) was dropped onto a substrate where various mineral particles were arranged. It was found that partially-vermiculitized biotite, which is termed “weathered biotite” (WB) in this study, from Fukushima sorbed 137Cs far more than the other clay minerals (fresh biotite, illite, smectite, kaolinite, halloysite, allophane, imogolite) on the same substrate. When WB was absent on the substrate, the amount of 137Cs sorbed to the other clay minerals was considerably increased, implying that selective sorption to WB caused depletion of radiocesium in the solution and less sorption to the coexisting minerals. Cs-sorption to WB continued for about one day, whereas that to ferruginous smectite was completed within one hour. The sorbed 137Cs in WB was hardly leached with hydrochloric acid at pH 1, particularly in samples with a longer sorption time. The presence/absence of WB sorbing radiocesium is a key factor affecting the dynamics and fate of radiocesium in Fukushima.

  8. Cesium adsorption/desorption behavior of clay minerals considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima

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    Mukai, Hiroki; Hirose, Atsushi; Motai, Satoko; Kikuchi, Ryosuke; Tanoi, Keitaro; Nakanishi, Tomoko M.; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Kogure, Toshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Cesium adsorption/desorption experiments for various clay minerals, considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima, were conducted using the 137Cs radioisotope and an autoradiography using imaging plates (IPs). A 50 μl solution containing 0.185 ~ 1.85 Bq of 137Cs (10−11 ~ 10−9 molL−1 of 137Cs) was dropped onto a substrate where various mineral particles were arranged. It was found that partially-vermiculitized biotite, which is termed “weathered biotite” (WB) in this study, from Fukushima sorbed 137Cs far more than the other clay minerals (fresh biotite, illite, smectite, kaolinite, halloysite, allophane, imogolite) on the same substrate. When WB was absent on the substrate, the amount of 137Cs sorbed to the other clay minerals was considerably increased, implying that selective sorption to WB caused depletion of radiocesium in the solution and less sorption to the coexisting minerals. Cs-sorption to WB continued for about one day, whereas that to ferruginous smectite was completed within one hour. The sorbed 137Cs in WB was hardly leached with hydrochloric acid at pH 1, particularly in samples with a longer sorption time. The presence/absence of WB sorbing radiocesium is a key factor affecting the dynamics and fate of radiocesium in Fukushima. PMID:26868138

  9. Cesium adsorption/desorption behavior of clay minerals considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima.

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    Mukai, Hiroki; Hirose, Atsushi; Motai, Satoko; Kikuchi, Ryosuke; Tanoi, Keitaro; Nakanishi, Tomoko M; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Kogure, Toshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Cesium adsorption/desorption experiments for various clay minerals, considering actual contamination conditions in Fukushima, were conducted using the (137)Cs radioisotope and an autoradiography using imaging plates (IPs). A 50??l solution containing 0.185?~?1.85?Bq of (137)Cs (10(-11)?~?10(-9?)molL(-1) of (137)Cs) was dropped onto a substrate where various mineral particles were arranged. It was found that partially-vermiculitized biotite, which is termed "weathered biotite" (WB) in this study, from Fukushima sorbed (137)Cs far more than the other clay minerals (fresh biotite, illite, smectite, kaolinite, halloysite, allophane, imogolite) on the same substrate. When WB was absent on the substrate, the amount of (137)Cs sorbed to the other clay minerals was considerably increased, implying that selective sorption to WB caused depletion of radiocesium in the solution and less sorption to the coexisting minerals. Cs-sorption to WB continued for about one day, whereas that to ferruginous smectite was completed within one hour. The sorbed (137)Cs in WB was hardly leached with hydrochloric acid at pH 1, particularly in samples with a longer sorption time. The presence/absence of WB sorbing radiocesium is a key factor affecting the dynamics and fate of radiocesium in Fukushima. PMID:26868138

  10. Neocrystallization, fabrics and age of clay minerals from an exposure of the Moab Fault, Utah

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    Solum, J.G.; van der Pluijm, B.A.; Peacor, D.R.

    2005-01-01

    Pronounced changes in clay mineral assemblages are preserved along the Moab Fault (Utah). Gouge is enriched up to ???40% in 1Md illite relative to protolith, whereas altered protolith in the damage zone is enriched ???40% in illite-smectite relative to gouge and up to ???50% relative to protolith. These mineralogical changes indicate that clay gouge is formed not solely through mechanical incorporation of protolith, but also through fault-related authigenesis. The timing of mineralization is determined using 40Ar/39Ar dating of size fractions of fault rocks with varying detrital and authigenic clay content. We applied Ar dating of illite-smectite samples, as well as a newer approach that uses illite polytypes. Our analysis yields overlapping, early Paleocene ages for neoformed (1Md) gouge illite (63??2 Ma) and illite-smectite in the damage zone (60??2 Ma), which are compatible with results elsewhere. These ages represent the latest period of major fault motion, and demonstrate that the fault fabrics are not the result of recent alteration. The clay fabrics in fault rocks are poorly developed, indicating that fluids were not confined to the fault zone by preferentially oriented clays; rather we propose that fluids in the illite-rich gouge were isolated by adjacent lower permeability, illite-smectite-bearing rocks in the damage zone. ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Minerals and clay minerals assemblages in organic-rich facies: the case study of the Sinemurian-Pliensbachian carbonate deposits of the western Lusitanian Basin (Portugal)

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    Canio, Ana; Duarte, Lus V.; Silva, Ricardo L.; Rocha, Fernando; Graciano Mendona Filho, Joo

    2015-04-01

    The uppermost Sinemurian-Pliensbachian series of the western part of the Lusitanian Basin is composed by hemipelagic carbonates particularly enriched in organic matter. Great part of this succession, considered to be one of the most important potential source rock intervals of Portugal, crops out in the S. Pedro de Moel and Peniche sectors, belonging to the gua de Madeiros and Vale das Fontes formations. In this study, supported by a detailed and integrated stratigraphic framework, we analyzed 98 marly samples (whole-rock mineralogy and clay minerals assemblages) from the aforementioned formations in the S. Pedro de Moel and Peniche sectors. X-ray Diffraction analysis followed the standard procedures and the semi-quantification of the different mineral phases was calculated using MacDiff 4.2.6. The goals of this work are to demonstrate the vertical variability of the mineral composition of these two units and investigate the relationship between the clay minerals assemblages and the content in organic matter (Total organic carbon: TOC). Besides the abundance of calcite and phyllosilicates, whole-rock mineralogy revealed the presence of quartz, potassium feldspar, dolomite, and pyrite (trace amounts). Other minerals like anhydrite, barite and gypsum occur sporadically. The clay minerals assemblages are dominated by illite+illite/smectite mixed-layers (minimum of 59%), always associated with kaolinite (maximum of 37%) and chlorite (maximum of 25%); sporadically smectite occurs in trace amounts. Generally, high TOC levels (i.e., black shale facies with TOC reaching up to 22 wt.% in both units, see Duarte et al., 2010), show a major increase in chlorite and kaolinite (lower values of illite+illite/smectite mixed layers). A kaolinite enrichment is also observed just above the Sinemurian-Pliensbachian boundary (base of Praia da Pedra Lisa Member of gua de Madeiros Formation; values varying between 30 and 37%). This event is associated with a second-order regressive phase, and marks the disappearance of the organic-rich facies and increase of carbonate sedimentation. This enrichment was likely favored by the development of more humid conditions at the Sinemurian-Pliensbachian transition. References Duarte, L.V., Silva, R.L., Oliveira, L.C.V., Comas-Rengifo, M.J., Silva, F. 2010. Organic-rich facies in the Sinemurian and Pliensbachian of the Lusitanian Basin, Portugal: Total Organic Carbon distribution and relation to transgressive-regressive facies cycles. Geologica Acta 8, 325-340.

  12. Leaching of clay minerals in a limestone environment

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    Carroll, D.; Starkey, H.C.

    1959-01-01

    Water saturated with CO2 at about 25??C was percolated through mixed beds of limestone or marble fragments and montmorillonite, "illite" and kaolinite in polyethylene tubes for six and fortyfive complete runs. The leachates were analysed for SiO2, A12O3 and Fe2O3, but only SiO2 was found. The minerals lost SiO2 in this order: montmorillonite > kaolinite > "illite". The differential removal of SiO2 during the short period of these experiments suggests a mechanism for the accumulation of bauxite deposits associated with limestones. ?? 1959.

  13. Genesis of clay mineral assemblages and micropaleoclimatic implications in the Tertiary Powder River Basin, Wyoming

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    Flores, R.M.; Weaver, J.N. ); Bossiroy, D.; Thorez, J. )

    1990-05-01

    An x-ray diffraction (XRD) study was undertaken on the clay mineralogy of the early Tertiary coal-bearing sequences of the Powder River basin. The vertical and lateral distribution of alternating fluvial conglomerates, sandstones, mudstones, shales, coals, and paleosols reveals a transition from alluvial fans along the basin margin to an alluvial plain and peat bogs basinward. Samples included unweathered shales and mudstones from a borehole and a variety of corresponding surface outcrop samples of Cambrian to Eocene age. Samples older than Tertiary were collected along the basin margin specifically to determine the potential source of parent material during Tertiary sedimentation. XRD analyses were performed on the <2-{mu}m fraction prepared as oriented aggregates. To investigate the materials in their natural state, no chemical pre-treatments the authors applied before the analysis. A series of specific post-treatments, consisting of catonic saturation (Li+, K+), a solution with polyalcohols, heating, acid attack and hydrazine saturation was selectively applied. These post-treatments permit a good discrimination between the mimetic clay minerals such as smectite and illite-smectite mixed layers that constitute the bulk of the clay fraction in the Tertiary rocks. When analyzed only using routine XRD, these swelling minerals are apparently uniformly distributed in the fluvial sedimentary rocks and are better interpreted as a single smectitic population. However, the post-treatments clearly differentiate both qualitatively and quantitatively this smectitic stock. Other clays include illite and kaolinite, which have different degrees of crystallinity, and minor interstratified clays (i.e., illite-chlorite, chlorite-smectite). The clay minerals in pre-Tertiary (and pedogenic) materials are different from those in the Tertiary rocks.

  14. Clay mineral distribution and provenance in the Heuksan mud belt, Yellow Sea

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    Cho, Hyen Goo; Kim, Soon-Oh; Kwak, Kyeong Yoon; Choi, Hunsoo; Khim, Boo-Keun

    2015-12-01

    The Heuksan mud belt (HMB), located in the southeastern Yellow Sea, runs parallel to the southwest coast of Korea. In this study, the distribution and relative contribution of four major clay minerals are investigated using 101 surface sediment samples collected in the course of KIOST (2001, 2010, 2011) and KIGAM (2012) cruises, as well as 33 river sediment samples (four from the Huanghe River, three from the Changjiang River, and 26 from Korean rivers) in order to clarify the provenance of fine-grained sediments in the HMB. Based on this currently largest and most robust dataset available for interpretation, the clay mineral assemblages of the fine-grained sediments in the HMB are found to be on average composed of 64.7% illite, 17.9% chlorite, 11.4% kaolinite, and 5.9% smectite. Overall, the clay mineral assemblages are similar in both the northern and the southern parts of the HMB, although smectite seems to be relatively enriched in the southern part, whereas kaolinite is slightly more dominant in the northern part. This clearly indicates that the clays are mostly derived from Korean rivers and, in the southern part of the HMB, partly also from the Huanghe River in China. The new data thus confirm and strengthen the tentative interpretation of some earlier work based on a more limited dataset.

  15. Modified clay minerals efficiency against chemical and biological warfare agents for civil human protection.

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    Plach, Daniela; Rosenbergov, Kate?ina; Slabotnsk, Ji?; Kutlkov, Kate?ina Mamulov; Studentov, So?a; Martynkov, Grayna Simha

    2014-04-30

    Sorption efficiencies of modified montmorillonite and vermiculite of their mono ionic Na and organic HDTMA and HDP forms were studied against chemical and biological warfare agents such as yperite and selected bacterial strains. Yperite interactions with modified clay minerals were observed through its capture in low-density polyethylene foil-modified clay composites by measuring yperite gas permeation with using chemical indication and gas chromatography methods. The antibacterial activities of synthetized organoclays were tested against selected Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species in minimum inhibitory concentration tests. The obtained results showed a positive influence of modified clay minerals on the significant yperite breakthrough-time increase. The most effective material was the polyethylene-Na form montmorillonite, while the polyethylene-Na form vermiculite showed the lowest efficiency. With increasing organic cations loading in the interlayer space the montmorillonite efficiency decreased, and in the case of vermiculite an opposite effect was observed. Generally the modified montmorillonites were more effective than modified vermiculites. The HDP cations seem to be more effective compare to the HDTMA. The antibacterial activity tests confirmed efficiency of all organically modified clay minerals against Gram-positive bacteria. The confirmation of antibacterial activity against Y. pestis, plague bacteria, is the most interesting result of this part of the study. PMID:24603112

  16. Bioremediating Oil Spills in Nutrient Poor Ocean Waters Using Fertilized Clay Mineral Flakes: Some Experimental Constraints

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    Warr, Laurence N.; Friese, Andr; Schwarz, Florian; Schauer, Frieder; Portier, Ralph J.; Basirico, Laura M.; Olson, Gregory M.

    2013-01-01

    Much oil spill research has focused on fertilizing hydrocarbon oxidising bacteria, but a primary limitation is the rapid dilution of additives in open waters. A new technique is presented for bioremediation by adding nutrient amendments to the oil spill using thin filmed minerals comprised largely of Fullers Earth clay. Together with adsorbed N and P fertilizers, filming additives, and organoclay, clay flakes can be engineered to float on seawater, attach to the oil, and slowly release contained nutrients. Our laboratory experiments of microbial activity on weathered source oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico show fertilized clay treatment significantly enhanced bacterial respiration and consumption of alkanes compared to untreated oil-in-water conditions and reacted faster than straight fertilization. Whereas a major portion (up to 98%) of the alkane content was removed during the 1 month period of experimentation by fertilized clay flake interaction; the reduced concentration of polyaromatic hydrocarbons was not significantly different from the non-clay bearing samples. Such clay flake treatment could offer a way to more effectively apply the fertilizer to the spill in open nutrient poor waters and thus significantly reduce the extent and duration of marine oil spills, but this method is not expected to impact hydrocarbon toxicity. PMID:23864952

  17. Bioremediating oil spills in nutrient poor ocean waters using fertilized clay mineral flakes: some experimental constraints.

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    Warr, Laurence N; Friese, Andr; Schwarz, Florian; Schauer, Frieder; Portier, Ralph J; Basirico, Laura M; Olson, Gregory M

    2013-01-01

    Much oil spill research has focused on fertilizing hydrocarbon oxidising bacteria, but a primary limitation is the rapid dilution of additives in open waters. A new technique is presented for bioremediation by adding nutrient amendments to the oil spill using thin filmed minerals comprised largely of Fullers Earth clay. Together with adsorbed N and P fertilizers, filming additives, and organoclay, clay flakes can be engineered to float on seawater, attach to the oil, and slowly release contained nutrients. Our laboratory experiments of microbial activity on weathered source oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico show fertilized clay treatment significantly enhanced bacterial respiration and consumption of alkanes compared to untreated oil-in-water conditions and reacted faster than straight fertilization. Whereas a major portion (up to 98%) of the alkane content was removed during the 1 month period of experimentation by fertilized clay flake interaction; the reduced concentration of polyaromatic hydrocarbons was not significantly different from the non-clay bearing samples. Such clay flake treatment could offer a way to more effectively apply the fertilizer to the spill in open nutrient poor waters and thus significantly reduce the extent and duration of marine oil spills, but this method is not expected to impact hydrocarbon toxicity. PMID:23864952

  18. Strike-parallel variations in clay minerals and fault vergence in the Cascadia subduction zone

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    Underwood, Michael B.

    2002-02-01

    Clay minerals probably affect the zonation of mechanical properties within a thick unit of abyssal-plain deposits as they enter the Cascadia subduction zone. Landward- vergent thrust faults develop above a deeper dcollement because smectite-rich mudrocks within that corridor release more water during clay dehydration, which in turn elevates pore pressure and reduces basal shear stress relative to wedge strength. Conversely, dilution of smectite by illite and chlorite increases the frictional coefficient, and fluid overpressure should drop where smectite dehydration is volumetrically reduced. Thus, thrust faults within chlorite-rich segments of the margin are seaward vergent.

  19. Effect of clay minerals present in aquifer soils on the adsorption and desorption of hydrophobic organic compounds

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    Ghosh, D.R. ); Keinath, T.M. )

    1994-02-01

    Adsorption of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) onto clay minerals and organic matter present in soils results in retarding their mobility. To study the impact of clay minerals on HOC sorption, kinetic and equilibrium studies were performed using naphthalene as a test surrogate contaminant. The results of these studies indicated that expandable clay minerals (clays that expand and expose large internal surface area on wetting), such as montmorillonite and vermiculite, had a significant impact on naphthalene partitioning. A mathematical model was developed from the equilibrium data which related clay mineral concentrations with the naphthalene partition coefficient. Equilibrium desorption studies were also performed by adding a micellar solution of a surfactant mixture (50:50) of Tween 20 and Aerosol AY-65 to mobilize the adsorbed naphthalene. The surfactant mixture was generally unable to mobilize the sorbed contaminant due to sorption irreversibility and adsorption hysteresis. 36 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs.

  20. Iron-rich clay minerals on Mars - Potential sources or sinks for hydrogen and indicators of hydrogen loss over time

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    Burt, D. M.

    1989-01-01

    Although direct evidence is lacking, indirect evidence suggests that iron-rich clay minerals or poorly-ordered chemical equivalents are widespread on the Martian surface. Such clays can act as sources or sinks for hydrogen ('hydrogen sponges'). Ferrous clays can lose hydrogen and ferric clays gain it by the coupled substitution Fe(3+)O(Fe(2+)OH)-1, equivalent to minus atomic H. This 'oxy-clay' substitution involves only proton and electron migration through the crystal structure, and therefore occurs nondestructively and reversibly, at relatively low temperatures. The reversible, low-temperature nature of this reaction contrasts with the irreversible nature of destructive dehydroxylation (H2O loss) suffered by clays heated to high temperatures. In theory, metastable ferric oxy-clays formed by dehydrogenation of ferrous clays over geologic time could, if exposed to water vapor, extract the hydrogen from it, releasing oxygen.

  1. Reactive Clay Minerals in a land use sequence of disturbed soils of the Belgian Loam Belt

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    Barao, Lucia; Vandevenne, Floor; Ronchi, Benedicta; Meire, Patrick; Govers, Gerard; Struyf, Eric

    2014-05-01

    Clay minerals play a key role in soil biogeochemistry. They can stabilize organic matter, improve water storage, increase cation exchange capacity of the soil (CEC) and lower nutrient leaching. Phytoliths - the biogenic silica bodies (BSi) deposited in cell walls of plants - are important Si pools in soil horizons due to their higher solubility compared to minerals. They provide the source of Si for plant uptake in short time scales, as litter dissolves within soils. In a recent study, we analyzed the BSi pool differences across a set of different land uses (forests, pastures, croplands) in 6 long-term disturbed (multiple centuries) soil sites in the Belgium Loam Belt. Results from a simultaneous chemical extraction in 0.5M NaOH of Si and Al, showed that soils were depleted in the BSi pool while showing high levels of reactive secondary clay minerals, mainly in the deeper horizons and especially in the forests and the croplands. During the extraction, clays were similar in reactivity to the biogenic pool of phytoliths. In order to study the kinetics in a more natural environment, batch dissolution experiments were conducted. Samples from different soil depths for each land use site (0.5 g) were mixed with 0.5 L of demineralised water modified to pH 4, 7 and 10. Subsamples of 2 ml were taken during 3 months. In the end of the period, results for pH 7 showed that in the pastures, where reactive clays were almost absent, the ratio Si/RSi (defined as the Si concentration in the end of the batch experiment divided by the reactive silica extracted from the soil with the alkaline extraction) was lower than 0.005%. The same ratio was higher in the mineral horizons of forests (Si/RSi>0.01%) and croplands (0.005% < Si/RSi <0.01%) where clay minerals were the dominant fraction. These preliminary results highlight the clay minerals' strong potential for Si mobilization. More attention should be paid to this important fraction as it can contribute strongly to Si availability, in close competition with phytoliths and other soluble amorphous Si forms, strongly interfering with frequently applied methods to quantify biogenic Si in soils.

  2. Influence of clay minerals on sorption and bioreduction of arsenic under anoxic conditions.

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    Ghorbanzadeh, Nasrin; Lakzian, Amir; Halajnia, Akram; Kabra, Akhil N; Kurade, Mayur B; Lee, Dae S; Jeon, Byong-Hun

    2015-12-01

    Adsorption of As(V) on various clay minerals including kaolinite (KGa-1), montmorillonite (SWy-1) and nontronites (NAU-1 and NAU-2), and subsequent bioreduction of sorbed As(V) to As(III) by bacterium Shewanella putrefaciens strain CN-32 were investigated. Nontronites showed relatively higher sorption capacity for As(V) primarily due to higher iron oxide content. Freundlich equation well described the sorption of As(V) on NAU-1, NAU-2 and SWy-1, while As(V) sorption isotherm with KGa-1 fitted well in the Langmuir model. The bacterium rapidly reduced 50% of dissolved As(V) to As(III) in 2 h, followed by its complete reduction (>ca. 98%) within 12 h. In contrast, sorption of As(V) to the mineral surfaces interferes with the activity of bacterium, resulting in low bioreduction of As(V) by 27% for 5 days of incubation. S. putrefaciens also promoted the reduction of Fe(III) present in the clay mineral to Fe(II). This study indicates that the sorption and subsequent bioreduction of As(V) on clay minerals can significantly influence the mobility of As(V) in subsurface environment. PMID:25971375

  3. Clay mineral continental amplifier for marine carbon sequestration in a greenhouse ocean.

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    Kennedy, Martin J; Wagner, Thomas

    2011-06-14

    The majority of carbon sequestration at the Earth's surface occurs in marine continental margin settings within fine-grained sediments whose mineral properties are a function of continental climatic conditions. We report very high mineral surface area (MSA) values of 300 and 570 m(2) g in Late Cretaceous black shales from Ocean Drilling Program site 959 of the Deep Ivorian Basin that vary on subcentennial time scales corresponding with abrupt increases from approximately 3 to approximately 18% total organic carbon (TOC). The observed MSA changes with TOC across multiple scales of variability and on a sample-by-sample basis (centimeter scale), provides a rigorous test of a hypothesized influence on organic carbon burial by detrital clay mineral controlled MSA. Changes in TOC also correspond with geochemical and sedimentological evidence for water column anoxia. Bioturbated intervals show a lower organic carbon loading on mineral surface area of 0.1 mg-OC m(-2) when compared to 0.4 mg-OC m(-2) for laminated and sulfidic sediments. Although either anoxia or mineral surface protection may be capable of producing TOC of < 5%, when brought together they produced the very high TOC (10-18%) apparent in these sediments. This nonlinear response in carbon burial resulted from minor precession-driven changes of continental climate influencing clay mineral properties and runoff from the African continent. This study identifies a previously unrecognized land-sea connection among continental weathering, clay mineral production, and anoxia and a nonlinear effect on marine carbon sequestration during the Coniacian-Santonian Oceanic Anoxic Event 3 in the tropical eastern Atlantic. PMID:21576498

  4. Clay mineral continental amplifier for marine carbon sequestration in a greenhouse ocean

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    Kennedy, Martin J.; Wagner, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    The majority of carbon sequestration at the Earths surface occurs in marine continental margin settings within fine-grained sediments whose mineral properties are a function of continental climatic conditions. We report very high mineral surface area (MSA) values of 300 and 570m2g in Late Cretaceous black shales from Ocean Drilling Program site 959 of the Deep Ivorian Basin that vary on subcentennial time scales corresponding with abrupt increases from approximately 3 to approximately 18% total organic carbon (TOC). The observed MSA changes with TOC across multiple scales of variability and on a sample-by-sample basis (centimeter scale), provides a rigorous test of a hypothesized influence on organic carbon burial by detrital clay mineral controlled MSA. Changes in TOC also correspond with geochemical and sedimentological evidence for water column anoxia. Bioturbated intervals show a lower organic carbon loading on mineral surface area of 0.1mg-OCm-2 when compared to 0.4mg-OCm-2 for laminated and sulfidic sediments. Although either anoxia or mineral surface protection may be capable of producing TOC of <5%, when brought together they produced the very high TOC (1018%) apparent in these sediments. This nonlinear response in carbon burial resulted from minor precession-driven changes of continental climate influencing clay mineral properties and runoff from the African continent. This study identifies a previously unrecognized landsea connection among continental weathering, clay mineral production, and anoxia and a nonlinear effect on marine carbon sequestration during the Coniacian-Santonian Oceanic Anoxic Event 3 in the tropical eastern Atlantic. PMID:21576498

  5. Binding of adenine and adenine-related compounds to the clay montmorillonite and the mineral hydroxylapatite.

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    Winter, D; Zubay, G

    1995-06-01

    The first living things may have consisted of no more than RNA or RNA-like molecules bound to the surfaces of mineral particles. A key aspect of this theory is that these mineral particles have binding sites for RNA and its prebiotic precursors. The object of this study is to explore the binding properties of two of the best studied minerals, montmorillonite and hydroxylapatite, for possible precursors of RNA. The list of compounds investigated includes purines, pyrimidines, nucleosides, nucleotides, nucleotide coenzymes, diaminomaleonitrile and aminoimidazole carboxamide. Affinities for hydroxylapatite are dominated by ionic interactions between negatively charged small molecules and positively charged sites in the mineral. Binding to montmorillonite presents a more complex picture. These clay particles have a high affinity for organic ring structures which is augmented if they are positively charged. This binding probably takes place on the negatively charged faces of these sheet-like clay particles. Additional binding sites on the edges of these sheets have a moderate affinity for negatively charged molecules. Small molecules that bind to these minerals sometimes bind independently to sites on the minerals and sometimes bind cooperatively with favorable interactions between the bound molecules. PMID:11536682

  6. Aqueous dissolution, solubilities and thermodynamic stabilities of common aluminosilicate clay minerals: Kaolinite and smectites

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    May, Howard M.; Klnniburgh, D.G.; Helmke, P.A.; Jackson, M.L.

    1986-01-01

    Determinations of the aqueous solubilities of kaolinite at pH 4, and of five smectite minerals in suspensions set between pH 5 and 8, were undertaken with mineral suspensions adjusted to approach equilibrium from over- and undersaturation. After 1,237 days, Dry Branch, Georgia kaolinite suspensions attained equilibrium solubility with respect to the kaolinite, for which Keq = (2.72 ?? 0.35) ?? 107. The experimentally determined Gibbs free energy of formation (??Gf,2980) for the kaolinite is -3,789.51 ?? 6.60 kj mol-1. Equilibrium solubilities could not be determined for the smectites because the composition of the solution phase in the smectite suspensions appeared to be controlled by the formation of gibbsite or amorphous aluminum hydroxide and not by the smectites, preventing attempts to determine valid ??Gf0 values for these complex aluminosilicate clay minerals. Reported solubility-based ??Gf0 determinations for smectites and other variable composition aluminosilicate clay minerals are shown to be invalid because of experimental deficiencies and of conceptual flaws arising from the nature of the minerals themselves. Because of the variable composition of smectites and similar minerals, it is concluded that reliable equilibrium solubilities and solubility-derived ??Gf0 values can neither be rigorously determined by conventional experimental procedures, nor applied in equilibriabased models of smectite-water interactions. ?? 1986.

  7. Subsurface water and clay mineral formation during the early history of Mars.

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    Ehlmann, Bethany L; Mustard, John F; Murchie, Scott L; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Meunier, Alain; Fraeman, Abigail A; Langevin, Yves

    2011-11-01

    Clay minerals, recently discovered to be widespread in Mars's Noachian terrains, indicate long-duration interaction between water and rock over 3.7 billion years ago. Analysis of how they formed should indicate what environmental conditions prevailed on early Mars. If clays formed near the surface by weathering, as is common on Earth, their presence would indicate past surface conditions warmer and wetter than at present. However, available data instead indicate substantial Martian clay formation by hydrothermal groundwater circulation and a Noachian rock record dominated by evidence of subsurface waters. Cold, arid conditions with only transient surface water may have characterized Mars's surface for over 4 billion years, since the early-Noachian period, and the longest-duration aqueous, potentially habitable environments may have been in the subsurface. PMID:22051674

  8. Chemistry and mineralogy of clay minerals in Asian and Saharan dusts and the implications for iron supply to the oceans

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    Jeong, G. Y.; Achterberg, E. P.

    2014-11-01

    Mineral dust supplied to remote ocean regions stimulates phytoplankton growth through delivery of micronutrients, notably iron (Fe). Although attention is usually paid to Fe (hydr)oxides as major sources of available Fe, Fe-bearing clay minerals are typically the dominant phase in mineral dust. The mineralogy and chemistry of clay minerals in dust particles, however, are largely unknown. We conducted microscopic identification and chemical analysis of the clay minerals in Asian and Saharan dust particles. Cross-sectional slices of dust particles were prepared by focused ion beam (FIB) techniques and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). TEM images of FIB slices revealed that clay minerals occurred as either nano-thin platelets or relatively thick plates. Chemical compositions and lattice fringes of the nano-thin platelets suggested that they included illite, smectite, illite-smectite mixed layers, and their nanoscale mixtures (illite-smectite series clay minerals, ISCMs) which could not be resolved with an electron microbeam. EDXS chemical analysis of the clay mineral grains revealed that the average Fe content was 5.8% in nano-thin ISCM platelets assuming 14% H2O, while the Fe content of illite and chlorite was 2.8 and 14.8%, respectively. In addition, TEM and EDXS analyses were performed on clay mineral grains dispersed and loaded on micro-grids. The average Fe content of clay mineral grains was 6.7 and 5.4% in Asian and Saharan dusts, respectively. A comparative X-ray diffraction analysis of bulk dusts showed that Saharan dust was more enriched in clay minerals than Asian dust, while Asian dust was more enriched in chlorite. Clay minerals, in particular nanocrystalline ISCMs and Fe-rich chlorite, are probably important sources of Fe to remote marine ecosystems. Further detailed analyses of the mineralogy and chemistry of clay minerals in global mineral dusts are required to evaluate the inputs of Fe to surface ocean microbial communities.

  9. Pedogenic formation of montmorillonite from a 2:1-2:2 intergrade clay mineral

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    Malcolm, R.L.; Nettleton, W.D.; McCracken, R.J.

    1969-01-01

    Montmorillonite was found to be the dominant clay mineral in surface horizons of certain soils of the North Carolina Coastal Plain whereas a 2:1-2:2 intergrade clay mineral was dominant in subjacent horizons. In all soils where this clay mineral sequence was found, the surface horizon was low in pH (below 4??5) and high in organic matter content. In contrast, data from studies of other soils of this region (Weed and Nelson, 1962) show that: (1) montmorillonite occurs infrequently; (2) maximum accumulation of the 2:1-2:2 intergrade normally occurs in the surface horizon and decreases with depth in the profile; (3) organic matter contents are low; and (4) pH values are only moderately acid (pH 5-6). It is theorized that the montmorillonite in the surface horizon of the soils studied originated by pedogenic weathering of the 2:1-2:2 intergrade clay mineral. The combined effects of low pH (below 4??5) and high organic matter content in surface horizons are believed to be the agents responsible for this mineral transformation. The protonation and solubilization (reverse of hydrolysis) of Al-polymers in the interlayer of expansible clay minerals will occur at or below pH 4??5 depending on the charge and steric effects of the interlayer. A low pH alone may cause this solubilization and thus mineral transformation, but in the soils studied the organic matter is believed to facilitate and accelerage the transformation. The intermediates of organic matter decomposition provide an acid environment, a source of protons, and a source of watersoluble mobile organic substances (principally fulvic acids) which have the ability to complex the solubilized aluminum and move it down the profile. This continuous removal of solubilized aluminum would provide for a favorable gradient for aluminum solubilization. The drainage class or position in a catena is believed to be less important than the chemical factors in formation of montmorillonite from 2:1-2:2 intergrade, because montmorillonite is present in all drainage classes if the surface horizon is low in pH and high in organic matter. ?? 1969.

  10. Removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution by fibrous clay minerals.

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    Hajjaji, M; Alami, A; El Bouadili, A

    2006-07-31

    Kinetics and equilibrium processes of the methylene blue (MB) retention from aqueous solution by a mixture of fibrous clay minerals, which was isolated from a naturally occurring clay, were investigated. For these purposes, the effects of contact time, initial adsorbate concentration, adsorbent content, pH and ionic strength were determined. The results show that the MB retention obeys a pseudo-first order equation and the process is a diffusion controlled solid-state reaction. Moreover, the isotherm data fitted the Langmuir equation and the MB binding process became more energetic with the increase of the adsorbent concentration. In addition, the augmentation of the clay content or the initial MB concentration reduced the adsorption capacity, presumably because of the clay particles microaggregation and/or the occurrence of MB deriving species. On the other hand, it is observed that the MB uptake limit is reduced in low acid pH, particularly below the PZC, as well as in ionic strengthen solutions. These facts are linked to the silanol group protonation and to the reduction of the electrostatic forces induced by the clay particles, respectively. PMID:16388900

  11. The First X-ray Diffraction Patterns of Clay Minerals from Gale Crater

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    Bristow, T.; Blake, D.; Bish, D. L.; Vaniman, D.; Ming, D. W.; Morris, R. V.; Chipera, S.; Rampe, E. B.; Farmer, J. D.; Treiman, A. H.; Downs, R.; Morrison, S.; Achilles, C.; Des Marais, D. J.; Crisp, J. A.; Sarrazin, P.; Morookian, J.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Team, M.

    2013-12-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover, Curiosity spent ~150 sols at Yellowknife Bay (YKB) studying a section of fluvio-lacustrine sedimentary rocks (with potential indications of volcanic influence), informally known as the Yellowknife Bay formation. YKB lies in a distal region of the Peace Vallis alluvial fan, which extends from the northern rim of Gale Crater toward the dune field at the base of Mt Sharp. Sedimentological and stratigraphic observations are consistent with the Yellowknife Bay formation being part of a distal fan deposit, which could be as young as middle Hesperian to even early Amazonian in age (~3.5 to 2.5 Ga). The Yellowknife Bay formation hosts a unit of mudstone called the Sheepbed member. Curiosity obtained powdered rock samples from two drill holes in the Sheepbed Member, named John Klein and Cumberland, and delivered them to instruments in Curiosity. Data from CheMin, a combined X-ray diffraction (XRD)/X-ray fluorescence instrument (XRF), has allowed detailed mineralogical analysis of mudstone powders revealing a clay mineral component of ~20 wt.% in each sample. The clay minerals are important indicators of paleoenvironmental conditions and sensitive recorders of post-depositional alteration processes. The XRD pattern of John Klein reveals a 02l band consistent with a trioctahedral phyllosilicate. A broad peak at ~10A with a slight inflexion at ~12A indicates the presence of 2:1 type clay minerals in the John Klein sample. The trioctahedral nature of the clay minerals, breadth of the basal reflection, and presence of a minor component with larger basal spacing suggests that John Klein contains a trioctahedral smectite (probably saponite), whose interlayer is largely collapsed because of the low-humidity conditions. The XRD patterns show no evidence of corrensite (mixed-layer chlorite/smectite) or chlorite, which are typical diagenetic products of trioctahedral smectites when subjected to burial and heating >60C in the presence of water. Given estimated geothermal gradients on Mars temperatures <60 C might still be consistent with (but do not require) moderate burial. However, our ability to identify interstratified minerals is greatly limited by the lack of access to traditional treatments methods used in the lab (e.g., ethylene glycol solvation). Our preferred explanation for the origin of trioctahedral smectites in Sheepbed mudstone is in situ production via reaction of olivine, water and Si-bearing amorphous material, an important mudstone component detected by XRD. Elevated levels of magnetite in the Sheepbed and the trioctahedral monomineralic nature of the clay minerals support this model. These observations, combined with previous studies of olivine stability, support the persistence of circum-neutral hydrous conditions for thousands of years at YKB.

  12. Ammonia transformations and abundance of ammonia oxidizers in a clay soil underlying a manure pond.

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    Sher, Yonatan; Baram, Shahar; Dahan, Ofer; Ronen, Zeev; Nejidat, Ali

    2012-07-01

    Unlined manure ponds are constructed on clay soil worldwide to manage farm waste. Seepage of ammonia-rich liquor into underlying soil layers contributes to groundwater contamination by nitrate. To identify the possible processes that lead to the production of nitrate from ammonia in this oxygen-limited environment, we studied the diversity and abundance of ammonia-transforming microorganisms under an unlined manure pond. The numbers of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and anammox bacteria were most abundant in the top of the soil profile and decreased significantly with depth (0.5 m), correlating with soil pore-water ammonia concentrations and soil ammonia concentrations, respectively. On the other hand, the numbers of ammonia-oxidizing archaea were relatively constant throughout the soil profile (10(7) amoA copies per g(soil)). Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria were detected mainly in the top 0.2 m. The results suggest that nitrate accumulation in the vadose zone under the manure pond could be the result of complete aerobic nitrification (ammonia oxidation to nitrate) and could exist as a byproduct of anammox activity. While the majority of the nitrogen was removed within the 0.5-m soil section, possibly by combined anammox and heterotrophic denitrification, a fraction of the produced nitrate leached into the groundwater. PMID:22385337

  13. Characterization of oil sands mineral components and clay-organic complexes

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    Axelson, D.E.; Mikula, R.J.; Potoczny, Z.M. )

    1989-01-01

    Differences in oil sands processability and extraction yields can be dependent upon many factors including the composition of the mineral components and the organic complexes that are associated with certain minerals. These mineral-organic associations help provide the bridge which leads to carry over of bitumen with the tailing as well as carry over of water and mineral matter with the product. The nature of the organic component of clay-organic complexes extracted from various streams in an oil sands recovery process is discussed in relation to the stability of both water-in-oil and oil-in-water emulsions formed. These samples have been studied with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as well as with other techniques such as interfacial tension measurements.

  14. Heterogeneous nucleation of nitric acid trihydrate on clay minerals: relevance to type ia polar stratospheric clouds.

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    Hatch, Courtney D; Gough, Raina V; Toon, Owen B; Tolbert, Margaret A

    2008-01-17

    Although critical to atmospheric modeling of stratospheric ozone depletion, selective heterogeneous nuclei that promote the formation of Type Ia polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are largely unknown. While mineral particles are known to be good ice nuclei, it is currently not clear whether they are also good nuclei for PSCs. In the present study, a high-vacuum chamber equipped with transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and a quadrupole mass spectrometer was used to study heterogeneous nucleation of nitric acid trihydrate (NAT) on two clay minerals-Na-montmorillonite and kaolinite-as analogs of atmospheric terrestrial and extraterrestrial minerals. The minerals are first coated with a 3:1 supercooled H2O/HNO3 solution prior to the observed nucleation of crystalline NAT. At 220 K, NAT formation was observed at low SNAT values of 12 and 7 on kaolinite and montmorillonite clays, respectively. These are the lowest SNAT values reported in the literature on any substrate. However, NAT nucleation exhibited significant temperature dependence. At lower temperatures, representative of typical polar stratospheric conditions, much higher supersaturations were required before nucleation was observed. Our results suggest that NAT nucleation on mineral particles, not previously treated with sulfuric acid, may not be an important nucleation platform for Type Ia PSCs under normal polar stratospheric conditions. PMID:18052146

  15. Authigenic clay minerals in the Rustler Formation, WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) Site area, New Mexico

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    Brookins, D.G.; Ward, D.B. . Dept. of Geology); Lambert, S.J. )

    1990-05-01

    Transuranic waste is planned for disposal in the Late Permian evaporites of the Delaware Basin, southeastern New Mexico, at the WIPP Site. The disposal horizon is located in the bedded halite of the Salado Formation, which is overlain by the impure haliteanhydrite(gypsum)-siltstone-mudstone of the Rustler Formation. The Rustler Formation also contains two dolomite members, the Magenta and Culebra, which transmit water. The Culebra Member is suspected to have actively interacted with waters at time(s) from the Late Permian to the present, and it is important to assess the reactivity of these waters in conjunction with WIPP stability. We have investigated the Rb--Sr systematics of clay minerals from the Culebra Member and elsewhere in the Rustler Formation. The authigenic fraction is especially sensitive to chemical and isotopic exchange with waters, and an episodic exposure to a large amount of water will reset the clay minerals to such a time. Our data yield 259 {plus minus} 22 MaRb--Sr isochron, which is consistent with the Late Permian age of the Rustler Formation. This age demonstrates that age-determining cations in these clay minerals have preserved their isotopic and chemical integrity since the Late Permian. 16 refs.

  16. Can clay minerals account for the behavior of non-asperity on the subducting plate interface?

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    Katayama, Ikuo; Kubo, Tatsuro; Sakuma, Hiroshi; Kawai, Kenji

    2015-12-01

    Seismicity along the subducting plate interface shows regional variation, which has been explained by the seismic asperity model where large earthquakes occur at strongly coupled patches that are surrounded by weakly coupled regions. This suggests that the subduction plate interface is heterogeneous in terms of frictional properties; however, the mechanism producing the difference between strong and weak couplings remains poorly understood. Here, we propose that the heterogeneity of the fluid pathway and of the spatial distribution of clay minerals plays a key role in the formation of non-asperity at the subducting plate interface. We use laboratory measurements of frictional properties to show that clay minerals on a simulated fault interface are characterized by weak and slow recovery, whereas other materials such as quartz show relatively quick recovery and thereby strong coupling on the fault surface. Aqueous fluids change the mineralogy at the plate interface by producing clay minerals due to hydrate reactions, suggesting that the hydrated weakly coupled regions act as a non-asperity and form a barrier to rupture propagation along the plate boundary at the depths of seismogenic zone.

  17. Ancient and recent clay formation on Mars as revealed from a global survey of hydrous minerals in crater central peaks

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    Sun, Vivian Z.; Milliken, Ralph E.

    2015-12-01

    Clay minerals on Mars have commonly been interpreted as the remnants of pervasive water-rock interaction during the Noachian period (>3.7 Ga). This history has been partly inferred by observations of clays in central peaks of impact craters, which often are presumed uplifted from depth. However, combined mineralogical and morphological analyses of individual craters have shown that some central peak clays may represent post-impact, possibly authigenic processes. Here we present a global survey of 633 central peaks to assess their hydrous minerals and the prevalence of uplifted, detrital, and authigenic clays. Central peak regions are examined using high-resolution Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment data to identify hydrous minerals and place their detections in a stratigraphic and geologic context. We find that many occurrences of Fe/Mg clays and hydrated silica are associated with potential impact melt deposits. Over 35% of central peak clays are not associated with uplifted rocks; thus, caution must be used when inferring deeper crustal compositions from surface mineralogy of central peaks. Uplifted clay-bearing rocks suggest the Martian crust hosts clays to depths of at least 7 km. We also observe evidence for increasing chloritization with depth, implying the presence of fluids in the upper portions of the crust. Our observations are consistent with widespread Noachian/Early Hesperian clay formation, but a number of central peak clays are also suggestive of clay formation during the Amazonian. These results broadly support current paradigms of Mars' aqueous history while adding insight to global crustal and diagenetic processes associated with clay mineral formation and stability.

  18. Investigating the Thermal Limit of Clay Minerals for Applications in Nuclear Waste Repository Design

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    Matteo, E. N.; Miller, A. W.; Kruichak, J.; Mills, M.; Tellez, H.; Wang, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Clay minerals are likely candidates to aid in nuclear waste isolation due to their low permeability, favorable swelling properties, and high cation sorption capacities. Establishing the thermal limit for clay minerals in a nuclear waste repository is a potentially important component of repository design, as flexibility of the heat load within the repository can have a major impact on the selection of repository design. For example, the thermal limit plays a critical role in the time that waste packages would need to cool before being transferred to the repository. Understanding the chemical and physical changes that occur in clay minerals at various temperatures above the current thermal limit (of 100 °C) can enable decision-makers with information critical to evaluating the potential trade-offs of increasing the thermal limit within the repository. Most critical is gaining understanding of how varying thermal conditions in the repository will impact radionuclide sorption and transport in clay materials either as engineered barriers or as disposal media. A variety of clays (illite, mixed layer illite/smectite, montmorillonite, and palygorskite) were heated for a range of temperatures between 100-500 °C. These samples were characterized by a variety of methods, including nitrogen adsorption, x-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, barium chloride exchange for cation exchange capacity (CEC), and iodide sorption. The nitrogen porosimetry shows that for all the clays, thermally-induced changes in BET surface area are dominated by collapse/creation of the microporosity, i.e. pore diameters < 17 angstroms. Changes in micro porosity (relative to no heat treatment) are most significant for heat treatments 300 °C and above. Alterations are also seen in the chemical properties (CEC, XRD, iodide sorption) of clays, and like pore size distribution changes, are most significant above 300 °C. Overall, the results imply that changes seen in pores size distribution correlate with cation exchange capacity and cation exchange processes. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Nation Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. SAND Number: 2013-6352A.

  19. DE-FG02-06ER15364: Final Technical Report Nanoscale Reactivity of Clays, Clay Analogues (Micas), and Clay Minerals

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    Nagy, Kathryn L.

    2008-07-03

    The project objectives were to determine the nanoscale to molecular scale structure of the interface between muscovite mica and aqueous solutions containing various sorbates and to explore systematics that control the incorporation of inorganic and organic chemical components during aging of nanoparticles of iron-oxides and aluminosilicate clays. The basal surface of phyllosilicates is a primary sorbent of environmental contaminants, natural organic matter, and nutrients. Micas are also superb atomically-flat substrates used in materials science and surface physics applications. We applied X-ray scattering techniques using high brilliance synchrotron radiation to investigate molecular-scale details of micas interface structure in solutions containing common and toxic cations, anions, and natural organic molecules. Nanoparticles are ubiquitous in the environment and have a high capacity for sorbing contaminants through the combined effects of their high surface areas and pH-dependent surface charge. Aging of nanoparticles from metastable to stable phases can be inhibited by sorption of nonstructural components, but exact mechanisms are unknown. We synthesized Fe-oxides and aluminosilicate clay minerals from aqueous solutions in the presence of selected anions, and organic molecules, and quantified the uptake of these additives during aging and some implications for nanoparticle formation.

  20. Clay minerals as proxies of the late Quaternary East Asian monsoon evolution in the South China Sea revisited

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    Liu, Z.; Li, X.; He, Z.; Colin, C.; Zhao, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Clay minerals have a significant role in sedimentation and paleoenvironment studies of the South China Sea. Many previous studies showed that the time series variation in late Quaternary clay mineral assemblages presents mostly glacial-interglacial cyclicity, and they were interpreted chemical weathering closely related to contemporaneous climatic changes of source areas. It is quite debatable whether clay minerals can directly indicate the East Asian monsoon evolution. To answer this question, we investigated sediment cores collected in various locations in the South China Sea during the MARCO POLO cruise in 2005, MD05-2904 (2066 m water depth, abbreviated w.d.) and MD05-2905 (1198 m w.d.) in the north, MD05-2901 (1254 m w.d.) and MD05-2899 (2393 m w.d.) in the west, and MD05-2895 (1982 m w.d.) in the south. Our results show that provenance supply and current transport directly control the clay mineralogical compositions in core and surface sediments, with various expression forms in different locations. In the north, the clay mineral assemblage indicates a relationship between surface current transport (for smectite) under the significant influence of the Kuroshio intrusion and deep water transport (for illite and chlorite). In the west, the East Asian monsoons forced surface currents and different clay-composition provenances affect the glacial-interglacial cyclicity of clay mineral variations. In the south, land-sea distribution variations controlled by the sea level change determine the sources of clay minerals. Our new studies suggest that the late Quaternary clay minerals in the South China Sea do not bear contemporaneous paleoclimatic features, and their implication for proxies of the East Asian monsoon evolution is realized through both the provenance supply and current transport processes.

  1. Changes in Clay Mineral Preferred Orientations During Progressive Sediment Accretion in the Nankai Accretionary Prism

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    Sunderland, E. B.; Morgan, J. K.

    2002-12-01

    The development of clay mineral preferred orientations (CPOs) in sediments at the toe of an accretionary prism is controlled by a variety of parameters, including stress state, stress history, intergranular cementation, and proximity to discrete deformation structures. Typically, uncemented clay-rich sediments develop a horizontal preferred orientation during burial, which becomes more developed with depth due to increasing normal stress in consolidating sediments. Onset of accretion introduces a horizontal compressive stress that rotates mineral grains out of the horizontal plane. Intergranular cementation can inhibit grain rotation and CPO development, and may be correlated with increased brittle deformation. Using scanning electron microscopy, we examined CPOs of clay-rich sediments from drill cores collected during Ocean Drilling Project Leg 190 at the Nankai accretionary margin. Sediments were recovered from the tectonically deformed toe of the prism and from a seaward reference site. We compared CPOs from these cores to study changes in sediment microfabrics with depth and intensity of deformation, in particular, close to deformation structures such as faults, fractures, and deformation bands. Initial observations suggest that sediments far from discrete deformation structures have nearly uniform CPOs across a sample, whereas sediment microfabrics associated with brittle structures may vary dramatically over micro-scale distances. This implies that local stresses associated with the generation of brittle structures can overprint previously developed sediment microfabrics, obscuring the past deformation record. Clarifying the progressive changes in clay mineral preferred orientations during early sediment accretion is critical to better our understanding of the stress history and tectonic evolution of accretionary margins.

  2. [Effect of treatments of hydrogen peroxide and sodium dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate on clay minerals of red earth sediments].

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    Li, Rong-Biao; Hong, Han-Lie; Yin, Ke; Wang, Chao-Wen; Gao, Wen-Peng; Han, Wen; Wu, Qing-Feng

    2013-04-01

    As classical procedures for pretreatment of soil sediments, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and sodium dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) treatment methods are very important in removing the organic matter and iron oxides acting as cementing agents in the soils. However, both of these methods have less been focused on the effect on the clay minerals when separating. Here, we report the comparable methods between H2O2 and DCB to reveal their effect on clay minerals in red earth sediments using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD results suggested that mineral particles can be totally decentralized by either H2O2 or DCB method in the soils and high purity clay minerals can be obtained by separating quartz and other impurities from clay minerals effectively. However, the XRD data were distorted by the DCB treatment owning to the cation exchange between Na+ and interlayer cation. On the contrary, the authentic data can be obtained by H2O2 treatment. Therefore, the H2O2 treatment seems to be a more appropriate method to obtain authentic information of clay mineralogy when separating of clay minerals from red earth sediments. PMID:23841441

  3. Abundance retrieval of hydrous minerals around the Mars Science Laboratory landing site in Gale crater, Mars

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    Lin, Honglei; Zhang, Xia; Shuai, Tong; Zhang, Lifu; Sun, Yanli

    2016-02-01

    The detection of hydrous minerals on Mars is of great importance for revealing the early water environment as well as possible biotic activity. However, few studies focus on abundance retrieval of hydrous minerals for some difficulties. In this paper, we studied the area around the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing site, to identify hydrous minerals and retrieve their abundance. Firstly, the distribution of hydrous minerals was extracted using their hydration features. Then, a sparse unmixing algorithm was applied along with the CRISM spectral library to retrieve the abundance of hydrous minerals in this area. As a result, seven hydrous minerals were retrieved, i.e. actinolite, montmorillonite, saponite, jarosite, halloysite, szomolnokite and magnesite and, the total concentration of all hydrous minerals was as high as 40 vol% near the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. Our results were consistent with results from related research and the in-situ analysis of the MSL rover Curiosity.

  4. Effect of Several Clay Minerals and Humic Acid on the Survival of Klebsiella aerogenes Exposed to Ultraviolet Irradiation1

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    Bitton, Gabriel; Henis, Y.; Lahav, N.

    1972-01-01

    The effect of various clay minerals and humic acid on the survival of Klebsiella aerogenes exposed to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation was investigated. A protective effect was observed and found to depend on the specific light absorption and light scattering properties of the clay minerals and the humic acid used. The higher the specific absorption, the better was the survival of K. aerogenes after UV irradiation. Bacterial survival was lower in clays saturated with divalent cations (Ca, Zn) than in those homoionic to monovalent cations (K). PMID:5031559

  5. Hydrogen and oxygen isotope exchange reactions between clay minerals and water

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    O'Neil, J.R.; Kharaka, Y.K.

    1976-01-01

    The extent of hydrogen and oxygen isotope exchange between clay minerals and water has been measured in the temperature range 100-350?? for bomb runs of up to almost 2 years. Hydrogen isotope exchange between water and the clays was demonstrable at 100??. Exchange rates were 3-5 times greater for montmorillonite than for kaolinite or illite and this is attributed to the presence of interlayer water in the montmorillonite structure. Negligible oxygen isotope exchange occurred at these low temperatures. The great disparity in D and O18 exchange rates observed in every experiment demonstrates that hydrogen isotope exchange occurred by a mechanism of proton exchange independent of the slower process of O18 exchange. At 350?? kaolinite reacted to form pyrophyllite and diaspore. This was accompanied by essentially complete D exchange but minor O18 exchange and implies that intact structural units in the pyrophyllite were inherited from the kaolinite precursor. ?? 1976.

  6. Molecular simulation of carbon dioxide, brine, and clay mineral interactions and determination of contact angles.

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    Tenney, Craig M; Cygan, Randall T

    2014-01-01

    Capture and subsequent geologic storage of CO2 in deep brine reservoirs plays a significant role in plans to reduce atmospheric carbon emission and resulting global climate change. The interaction of CO2 and brine species with mineral surfaces controls the ultimate fate of injected CO2 at the nanoscale via geochemistry, at the pore-scale via capillary trapping, and at the field-scale via relative permeability. We used large-scale molecular dynamics simulations to study the behavior of supercritical CO2 and aqueous fluids on both the hydrophilic and hydrophobic basal surfaces of kaolinite, a common clay mineral. In the presence of a bulk aqueous phase, supercritical CO2 forms a nonwetting droplet above the hydrophilic surface of kaolinite. This CO2 droplet is separated from the mineral surface by distinct layers of water, which prevent the CO2 droplet from interacting directly with the mineral surface. Conversely, both CO2 and H2O molecules interact directly with the hydrophobic surface of kaolinite. In the presence of bulk supercritical CO2, nonwetting aqueous droplets interact with the hydrophobic surface of kaolinite via a mixture of adsorbed CO2 and H2O molecules. Because nucleation and precipitation of minerals should depend strongly on the local distribution of CO2, H2O, and ion species, these nanoscale surface interactions are expected to influence long-term mineralization of injected carbon dioxide. PMID:24410258

  7. Clays, specialty

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    Virta, R.L.

    1998-01-01

    Part of a special section on the state of industrial minerals in 1997. The state of the specialty clay industry worldwide for 1997 is discussed. The specialty clays mined in the U.S. are ball clay, fuller's earth, bentonite, fire clay, and kaolin. Sales of specialty clays in the U.S. were around 17 Mt in 1997. Approximately 53 kt of specialty clays were imported.

  8. [Research on characteristics of soil clay mineral evolution in paddy field and dry land by XRD spectrum].

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    Zhang, Zhi-dan; Li, Qiao; Luo, Xiang-li; Jiang, Hai-chao; Zheng, Qing-fu; Zhao, Lan-po; Wang, Ji-hong

    2014-08-01

    The present paper took the typical saline-alkali soil in Jilin province as study object, and determinated the soil clay mineral composition characteristics of soil in paddy field and dry land. Then XRD spectrum was used to analyze the evolutionary mechanism of clay mineral in the two kinds of soil. The results showed that the physical and chemical properties of soil in paddy field were better than those in dry land, and paddy field would promote the weathering of mineral particles in saline-alkali soil and enhance the silt content. Paddy field soil showed a strong potassium-removal process, with a higher degree of clay mineral hydration and lower degree of illite crystallinity. Analysis of XRD spectrum showed that the clay mineral composition was similar in two kinds of soil, while the intensity and position of diffraction peak showed difference. The evolution process of clay mineral in dry land was S/I mixture-->vermiculite, while in paddy field it was S/I mixture-->vermiculite-->kaolinite. One kind of hydroxylated 'chlorite' mineral would appear in saline-alkali soil in long-term cultivated paddy field. Taking into account that the physical and chemical properties of soil in paddy field were better then those in dry land, we could know that paddy field could help much improve soil structure, cultivate high-fertility soil and improve saline-alkali soil. This paper used XRD spectrum to determine the characteristics of clay minerals comprehensively, and analyzed two'kinds of land use comparatively, and was a new perspective of soil minerals study. PMID:25508755

  9. [Research on characteristics of soil clay mineral evolution in paddy field and dry land by XRD spectrum].

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    Zhang, Zhi-dan; Li, Qiao; Luo, Xiang-li; Jiang, Hai-chao; Zheng, Qing-fu; Zhao, Lan-po; Wang, Ji-hong

    2014-08-01

    The present paper took the typical saline-alkali soil in Jilin province as study object, and determinated the soil clay mineral composition characteristics of soil in paddy field and dry land. Then XRD spectrum was used to analyze the evolutionary mechanism of clay mineral in the two kinds of soil. The results showed that the physical and chemical properties of soil in paddy field were better than those in dry land, and paddy field would promote the weathering of mineral particles in saline-alkali soil and enhance the silt content. Paddy field soil showed a strong potassium-removal process, with a higher degree of clay mineral hydration and lower degree of illite crystallinity. Analysis of XRD spectrum showed that the clay mineral composition was similar in two kinds of soil, while the intensity and position of diffraction peak showed difference. The evolution process of clay mineral in dry land was S/I mixture-->vermiculite, while in paddy field it was S/I mixture-->vermiculite-->kaolinite. One kind of hydroxylated 'chlorite' mineral would appear in saline-alkali soil in long-term cultivated paddy field. Taking into account that the physical and chemical properties of soil in paddy field were better then those in dry land, we could know that paddy field could help much improve soil structure, cultivate high-fertility soil and improve saline-alkali soil. This paper used XRD spectrum to determine the characteristics of clay minerals comprehensively, and analyzed two'kinds of land use comparatively, and was a new perspective of soil minerals study. PMID:25474976

  10. Potential Sites for Ice Nucleation on Aluminosilicate Clay Minerals and Related Materials.

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    Freedman, Miriam Arak

    2015-10-01

    Few aerosol particles in clouds nucleate the formation of ice. The surface sites available for nucleus formation, which can include surface defects and functional groups, determine in part the activity of an aerosol particle toward ice formation. Although ice nucleation on particles has been widely studied, exploration of the specific sites at which the initial germ forms has been limited, but is important for predicting the microphysical properties of clouds, which impact climate. This Perspective focuses on what is currently known about surface sites for ice nucleation on aluminosilicate clay minerals, which are commonly found in ice residuals, as well as related materials. PMID:26722881

  11. Clay mineral content of continental shelf and river sediments, southern California

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    Hein, James R.; Dowling, Jennifer S.

    2001-01-01

    This report contains data on the clay mineral content of 250 shelf surface-sediment samples from the California Continental Borderland (Tables 1, 2; Figures 1-7), 79 samples with depth in cores from Santa Monica Bay (Table 3; see Table 1 for surface sediment data for those same cores and for core locations), 24 suspended and 13 bottom sediment samples from rivers draining Southern California (Table 4), and six rock samples or composite rock samples from the Palos Verdes Headland (Table 4). This report is designed as the data repository and these data are discussed in a paper by Hein et al. (2001).

  12. Atomic-level studies of the depletion in reactive sites during clay mineral dissolution

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    Sanders, Rebecca L.; Washton, Nancy M.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2012-06-20

    Environmental weathering is typically viewed as a macroscopic phenomenon that is based on a number of competing atomic- or molecular-level processes. One important process is the release of metal or metalloid elements into solution at the water-rock interface. To both explain and predict environmental weathering, the atomic-level “reactive sites” on the surfaces of minerals must be characterized and quantified. Whether these sites are atomic in nature, represented by a chemical bond, or comprise a more complex assemblage of covalently or ionically linked atoms or molecules, the kinetic rate of atomic release (dissolution) depends on the available reactive surface. For one important class of materials, clay minerals, their reactive surface areas are a challenge to quantify as it is well recognized that there are two distinct types of surfaces: edge sites and basal planes1-3. Clay dissolution rates continuously decrease over time as reactive edge sites are preferentially depleted4. Changes in reactive surface area and the difficulties in quantifying this elusive variable have often been cited as one key reason for the complexity in developing accurate rate equations3,5,6. In this work, we demonstrate a solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) method for counting the number of reactive surface sites on a defined quantity of a clay mineral. Using this SSNMR proxy7-9, changes in reactive surface area were monitored for a series of batch dissolution experiments of low-defect kaolinite KGa-1b at 21 ºC and pH 3 over the course of 80 days. While no changes (within error) were observed for specific surface area (as determined from BET gas isotherm data), the SSNMR proxy revealed decreases in the number of reactive surface sites per gram of kaolinite as a function of dissolution time. This observation can be tied to a concomitant decrease in the rates of release of Si and Al into solution. These results further highlight the need to account for changes in reactive surface area when developing and using dissolution rate models for clay minerals and other heterogeneous materials in the environment.

  13. Toxicity of lead to soil respiration: mediation by clay minerals, humic acids, and compost

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    Debosz, K.; Babich, H.; Stotzky, G.

    1985-10-01

    Since Pb has no known biological function, elevated levels of Pb in soils and in other natural environments may adversely affect the indigenous biota, including the microbiota. Elevated levels of Pb in soil may also adversely affect microbemediated ecologic processes. There is, however, relatively little information on the mediating influence of the physicochemical factors of the recipient environment on the toxicity of Pb to microbe-mediated ecologic processes. This present study evaluated the influence of the clay minerals, kaolinite and montmorillonite, particulate humic acids, and compost on the degradation of glucose in soil.

  14. Development and evaluation of a new sorption model for organic cations in soil: contributions from organic matter and clay minerals.

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    Droge, Steven T J; Goss, Kai-Uwe

    2013-12-17

    This study evaluates a newly proposed cation-exchange model that defines the sorption of organic cations to soil as a summed contribution of sorption to organic matter (OM) and sorption to phyllosilicate clay minerals. Sorption to OM is normalized to the fraction organic carbon (fOC), and sorption to clay is normalized to the estimated cation-exchange capacity attributed to clay minerals (CECCLAY). Sorption affinity is specified to a fixed medium composition, with correction factors for other electrolyte concentrations. The model applies measured sorption coefficients to one reference OM material and one clay mineral. If measured values are absent, then empirical relationships are available on the basis of molecular volume and amine type in combination with corrective increments for specific polar moieties. The model is tested using new sorption data generated at pH 6 for two Eurosoils, one enriched in clay and the other, OM, using 29 strong bases (pKa > 8). Using experimental data on reference materials for all tested compounds, model predictions for the two soils differed on average by only -0.1 0.4 log units from measured sorption affinities. Within the chemical applicability domain, the model can also be applied successfully to various reported soil sorption data for organic cations. Particularly for clayish soils, the model shows that sorption of organic cations to clay minerals accounts for more than 90% of the overall affinity. PMID:24266749

  15. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2001-01-01

    Part of the 2000 annual review of the industrial minerals sector. A general overview of the ball clay industry is provided. In 2000, sales of ball clay reached record levels, with sanitary ware and tile applications accounting for the largest sales. Ball clay production, consumption, prices, foreign trade, and industry news are summarized. The outlook for the ball clay industry is also outlined.

  16. Paleoenvironmental Implications of Clay Minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars

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    Bristow, Thomas F.; Blake, David F.

    2014-01-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover, Curiosity spent approx 150 sols at Yellowknife Bay (YKB) studying a section of fluvio-lacustrine sedimentary rocks (with potential indications of volcanic influence), informally known as the Yellowknife Bay formation. YKB lies in a distal region of the Peace Vallis alluvial fan, which extends from the northern rim of Gale Crater toward the dune field at the base of Mt Sharp. Sedimentological and stratigraphic observations are consistent with the Yellowknife Bay formation being part of a distal fan deposit, which could be as young as middle Hesperian to even early Amazonian in age (approx. 3.5 to 2.5 Ga). The Yellowknife Bay formation hosts a unit of mudstone called the Sheepbed member. Curiosity obtained powdered rock samples from two drill holes in the Sheepbed Member, named John Klein and Cumberland, and delivered them to instruments in Curiosity. Data from CheMin, a combined X-ray diffraction (XRD)/X-ray fluorescence instrument (XRF), has allowed detailed mineralogical analysis of mudstone powders revealing a clay mineral component of approx. 20 wt.% in each sample. The clay minerals are important indicators of paleoenvironmental conditions and sensitive recorders of post-depositional alteration processes. The XRD pattern of John Klein reveals a 02l band consistent with a trioctahedral phyllosilicate. A broad peak at approx. 10A with a slight inflexion at approx. 12A indicates the presence of 2:1 type clay minerals in the John Klein sample. The trioctahedral nature of the clay minerals, breadth of the basal reflection, and presence of a minor component with larger basal spacing suggests that John Klein contains a trioctahedral smectite (probably saponite), whose interlayer is largely collapsed because of the low-humidity conditions. The XRD patterns show no evidence of corrensite (mixed-layer chlorite/smectite) or chlorite, which are typical diagenetic products of trioctahedral smectites when subjected to burial and heating >60 C in the presence of water. Given estimated geothermal gradients on Mars temperatures <60 C might still be consistent with (but do not require) moderate burial. However, our ability to identify interstratified minerals is greatly limited by the lack of access to traditional treatments methods used in the lab (e.g., ethylene glycol solvation). Our preferred explanation for the origin of trioctahedral smectites in Sheepbed mudstone is in situ production via reaction of olivine, water and Si-bearing amorphous material, an important mudstone component detected by XRD. Elevated levels of magnetite in the Sheepbed and the trioctahedral monomineralic nature of the clay minerals support this model. These observations, combined with previous studies of olivine stability, support the persistence of circum-neutral hydrous conditions for thousands of years at YKB.

  17. The First X-ray Diffraction Patterns of Clay Minerals from Gale Crater

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    Bristow, Thomas; Blake, David; Bish, David L.; Vaniman, David; Ming, Douglas W.; Morris, Richard V.; Chipera, Steve; Rampe, Elizabeth B.; Farmer, Jack, D.; Treiman, Allan H; Downs, Robert; Morrison, Shaunna; Achilles, Cherie; DesMarais, David J.; Crisp, Joy A.; Sarrazin, Philippe; Morookian, John Michael; Grotzinger. John P.

    2013-01-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover, Curiosity spent approx 150 sols at Yellowknife Bay (YKB) studying a section of fluvio-lacustrine sedimentary rocks (with potential indications of volcanic influence), informally known as the Yellowknife Bay formation. YKB lies in a distal region of the Peace Vallis alluvial fan, which extends from the northern rim of Gale Crater toward the dune field at the base of Mt Sharp. Sedimentological and stratigraphic observations are consistent with the Yellowknife Bay formation being part of a distal fan deposit, which could be as young as middle Hesperian to even early Amazonian in age (approx 3.5 to 2.5 Ga). The Yellowknife Bay formation hosts a unit of mudstone called the Sheepbed member. Curiosity obtained powdered rock samples from two drill holes in the Sheepbed Member, named John Klein and Cumberland, and delivered them to instruments in Curiosity. Data from CheMin, a combined X-ray diffraction (XRD)/X-ray fluorescence instrument (XRF), has allowed detailed mineralogical analysis of mudstone powders revealing a clay mineral component of approx 20 wt.% in each sample. The clay minerals are important indicators of paleoenvironmental conditions and sensitive recorders of post-depositional alteration processes. The XRD pattern of John Klein reveals a 021 band consistent with a trioctahedral phyllosilicate. A broad peak at approx 10A with a slight inflexion at approx 12A indicates the presence of 2:1 type clay minerals in the John Klein sample. The trioctahedral nature of the clay minerals, breadth of the basal reflection, and presence of a minor component with larger basal spacing suggests that John Klein contains a trioctahedral smectite (probably saponite), whose interlayer is largely collapsed because of the low-humidity conditions. The XRD patterns show no evidence of corrensite (mixed-layer chlorite/smectite) or chlorite, which are typical diagenetic products of trioctahedral smectites when subjected to burial and heating >60degC in the presence of water. Given estimated geothermal gradients on Mars temperatures <60 degC might still be consistent with (but do not require) moderate burial. However, our ability to identify interstratified minerals is greatly limited by the lack of access to traditional treatments methods used in the lab (e.g., ethylene glycol solvation). Our preferred explanation for the origin of trioctahedral smectites in Sheepbed mudstone is in situ production via reaction of olivine, water and Si-bearing amorphous material, an important mudstone component detected by XRD. Elevated levels of magnetite in the Sheepbed and the trioctahedral monomineralic nature of the clay minerals support this model. These observations, combined with previous studies of olivine stability, support the persistence of circum-neutral hydrous conditions for thousands of years at YKB.

  18. Quantitative determination of mineral types and abundances from reflectance spectra using principal components analysis

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    Smith, M. O.; Adams, J. B.; Johnson, P. E.

    1985-01-01

    A procedure was developed for analyzing remote reflectance spectra, including multispectral images, that quantifies parameters such as types of mineral mixtures, the abundances of mixed minerals, and particle sizes. Principal components analysis reduced the spectral dimensionality and allowed testing the uniqueness and validity of spectral mixing models. By analyzing variations in the overall spectral reflectance curves, the type of spectral mixture was identified, mineral abundances quantified and the effects of particle size identified. The results demonstrate an advantage in classification accuracy over classical forms of analysis that ignore effects of particle-size or mineral-mixture systematics on spectra. The approach is applicable to remote sensing data of planetary surfaces for quantitative determinations of mineral abundances.

  19. Clay minerals related to the hydrothermal activity of the Bouillante geothermal field (Guadeloupe)

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    Mas, A.; Guisseau, D.; Patrier Mas, P.; Beaufort, D.; Genter, A.; Sanjuan, B.; Girard, J. P.

    2006-11-01

    The geothermal field of Bouillante (Guadeloupe, FWI) is a high-enthalpy hydrothermal system emplaced in submarine volcanoclastic formations (hyaloclastites, scarce lava flows) and subaerial formations (andesitic lava flows, pyroclastites, lahars) which belong to the Lesser Antilles arc. Three directional wells were drilled in 2001 to optimize the productivity of the geothermal field up to 15 MWe and to investigate the vertical distribution of clay alteration from the surface area down to a depth of 1000 m where temperatures exceed 250 C. Special attention has been paid to the "clay signature" of the fractured zones which channel the present geothermal fluids. Three successive zones, dominated, respectively by dioctahedral smectite, illite and chlorite were identified at increasing depths. Alteration petrography indicates that these mineralogical clay zones result from the spatial superimposition of at least two successive alteration stages. The first one, assimilated to a propylitic alteration stage, affected all parts of the system and consisted of crystallization of trioctahedral phyllosilicates (chlorite or corrensite), Ca-silicates (heulandite-clinoptilolite, prehnite, pumpelleyite, wairakite and epidote), quartz and minor calcite in replacement of most of the primary minerals of the intersected volcanic or volcanoclastic formations. The later stage of alteration is related to the circulation of the present geothermal fluids and is assimilated to argillic or phyllic alteration. It consists of a more or less intense argillization which results from the crystallization of aluminous dioctahedral clay phases (smectite, illite I-S mixed layers, and accessory kaolinite) associated with quartz, calcite, hematite or pyrite. The permeable zones which channel most of the present geothermal fluids are fracture controlled and do not contain specific clay parageneses. However the illite I-S mixed layers minerals differ from those of the surroundings by specific properties including both crystal structure and texture. These specific properties (decrease in the expandable component of the illitic material, increase of the illite crystallinity) can be controlled by the nucleation/growth rates operating in zones of active flow regime. Being mainly a product of the earlier propylitic alteration stage, chlorites are much less informative on the fracture controlled permeable levels. However, the compositional variations of chlorites recorded within the shallower fractured zone suggest a significant change in fO 2 conditions related to early circulation of fluids along the major near west striking normal faults (Plateau fault).

  20. Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a casutic aqueous sytem II. Mineral transformation and microscale partitioning

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    Choi, Sunkyung; Crosson, Garry S.; Mueller, Karl T.; seraphin, supapan; Chorover, Jon

    2005-04-08

    Microscopic and spectroscopic studies were conducted to assess mineral transformation processes in aqueous suspensions of illite (Il), vermiculite (Vm) and montmorillonite (Mt) that were subjected to weathering in a simulated high-level radioactive tank waste leachate (0.05 m AlT, 2 m Na*, 1 m NO3 *, pH *14, Cs* and Sr2* present as co-contaminants). Time series (0 to 369 d) experiments were conducted at 298 K, with initial [Cs]0 and [Sr]0 concentrations from 10*5 to 10* mol kg*. Incongruent clay dissolution resulted in an accumulation of secondary aluminosilicate precipitates identified as nitrate-sodalite, nitrate-cancrinite and zeolite X, by molecular spectroscopy and electron microscopy (XRD, IR, NMR, SEM-EDS and TEM-EDS). Contaminant fate was dependent on competing uptake to parent clays and weathering products. TEM-EDS results indicated that high Il affinity for Cs was due to adsorption at frayed edge sites. The Il system also comprised Sr-rich aluminous precipitates after 369 d reaction time. In Mt systems, Cs and Sr were co-precipitated into increasingly recalcitrant spheroidal precipitates over the course of the experiment, whereas contaminant association with montmorillonite platelets was less prevalent. In contrast, Cs and Sr were found in association with weathered Vm particles despite the formation of spheroidal aluminosilicate precipitates that were comparable to those formed from Mt dissolution.

  1. Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous system. II. Mineral transformation and microscale partitioning

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    Choi, Sunkyung; Crosson, Garry; Mueller, Karl T.; Seraphin, Supapan; Chorover, Jon

    2005-09-01

    Microscopic and spectroscopic studies were conducted to assess mineral transformation processes in aqueous suspensions of illite (Il), vermiculite (Vm) and montmorillonite (Mt) that were subjected to weathering in a simulated high-level radioactive tank waste leachate (0.05 m Al T, 2 m Na +, 1 m NO 3-, pH 14, Cs + and Sr 2+ present as co-contaminants). Time series (0 to 369 d) experiments were conducted at 298 K, with initial [Cs] 0 and [Sr] 0 concentrations from 10 -5 to 10 - mol kg -. Incongruent clay dissolution resulted in an accumulation of secondary aluminosilicate precipitates identified as nitrate-sodalite, nitrate-cancrinite and zeolite X, by molecular spectroscopy and electron microscopy (XRD, IR, NMR, SEM-EDS and TEM-EDS). Contaminant fate was dependent on competing uptake to parent clays and weathering products. TEM-EDS results indicated that high Il affinity for Cs was due to adsorption at frayed edge sites. The Il system also comprised Sr-rich aluminous precipitates after 369 d reaction time. In Mt systems, Cs and Sr were co-precipitated into increasingly recalcitrant spheroidal precipitates over the course of the experiment, whereas contaminant association with montmorillonite platelets was less prevalent. In contrast, Cs and Sr were found in association with weathered Vm particles despite the formation of spheroidal aluminosilicate precipitates that were comparable to those formed from Mt dissolution.

  2. Effect of clay minerals and nanoparticles on chromium fractionation in soil contaminated with leather factory waste.

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    Taghipour, Marzieh; Jalali, Mohsen

    2015-10-30

    This study was conducted to investigate the effect of time, clay minerals and nanoparticles (NPs) on chromium (Cr) fractionation in a soil contaminated with leather factory waste (LFW). Soil was mixed with LFW, then, the contaminated soils were treated with clay minerals (bentonite and zeolite) and nanoparticles (MgO, TiO2 and ZnO) at 5% and 1%, respectively. The samples were incubated for 15-180 days at 25 °C and constant moisture. After incubation, Cr in control and treated soils was fractionated by the sequential extraction procedure. The distribution of various Cr fractions in control soil indicated that the greatest amounts of Cr were found in the residual fraction (RES) followed by the carbonate (CAR), organic matter (OM) and exchangeable (EXC) fractions. The addition of LFW in soils increased Cr concentration in all fractions. The higher proportion of EXC fraction in the soil treated with LFW indicates its higher potential of leaching and runoff transport. In all treated soils, the RES fraction was increased, while EXC and OM fractions were decreased during incubation. The results indicated that NPs are effective adsorbent for the removal of Cr ions from LFW treated soil, and they could be useful in reducing their environment risk. PMID:25956643

  3. Removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from inorganic clay mineral: Bentonite.

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    Karaca, Gizem; Baskaya, Hseyin S; Tasdemir, Ycel

    2016-01-01

    There has been limited study of the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from inorganic clay minerals. Determining the amount of PAH removal is important in predicting their environmental fate. This study was carried out to the degradation and evaporation of PAHs from bentonite, which is an inorganic clay mineral. UV apparatus was designed specifically for the experiments. The impacts of temperature, UV, titanium dioxide (TiO2), and diethylamine (DEA) on PAH removal were determined. After 24h, 75 and 44% of ?12 PAH in the bentonite were removed with and without UV rays, respectively. DEA was more effective as a photocatalyst than TiO2 during UV application. The ?12 PAH removal ratio reached 88% with the addition of DEA to the bentonite. It was concluded that PAHs were photodegraded at high ratios when the bentonite samples were exposed to UV radiation in the presence of a photocatalyst. At the end of all the PAH removal applications, higher evaporation ratios were obtained for 3-ring compounds than for heavier ones. More than 60% of the amount of ?12 PAH evaporated consisted of 3-ring compounds. PMID:26531715

  4. Preparation of clay mineral samples for high resolution x-ray imaging

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    Abbati, Gennaro; Seim, Christian; Legall, Herbert; Stiel, Holger; Thomas, Noel; Wilhein, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    In the development of optimum ceramic materials for plastic forming, it is of fundamental importance to gain insight into the compositions of the clay minerals. Whereas spectroscopic methods are adequate for determining the elemental composition of a given sample, a knowledge of the spatial composition, together with the shape and size of the particles leads to further, valuable insight. This requires an imaging technique such as high resolution X-ray microscopy. In addition, fluorescence spectroscopy provides a viable element mapping technique. Since the fine particle fraction of the materials has a major effect on physical properties like plasticity, the analysis is focused mainly on the smallest particles. To separate these from the bigger agglomerates, the raw material has to pass through several procedures like centrifugation and filtering. After that, one has to deposit a layer of appropriate thickness on to a suitable substrate. These preparative techniques are described here, starting from the clay mineral raw materials and proceeding through to samples that are ready to analyze. First results using high resolution x-ray imaging are shown.

  5. Zeolite-clay mineral zonation of volcaniclastic sediments within the McDermitt caldera complex of Nevada and Oregon

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    Glanzman, Richard K.; Rytuba, James J.

    1979-01-01

    Volcaniclastic sediments deposited in the moat of the collapsed McDermitt caldera complex have been altered chiefly to zeolites and potassium feldspar. The original rhyolitic and peralkaline ash-flow tuffs are included in conglomerates at the caldera rims and grade into a lacustrine series near the center of the collapse. The tuffs show a lateral zeolitic alteration from almost fresh glass to clinoptilolite, clinoptilolite-mordenite, and erionite; to analcime-potassium feldspar; and finally to potassium feldspar. Vertical zonation is in approximately the same order. Clay minerals in associated mudstones, on the other hand, show little lateral variation but a distinct vertical zonation, having a basal dioctahedral smectite, a medial trioctahedral smectite, and an upper dioctahedral smectite. The medial trioctahedral smectite is enriched in lithium (as much as 6,800 ppm Li). Hydrothermal alteration of the volcaniclastic sediments, forming both mercury and uranium deposits, caused a distinct zeolite and clay-mineral zonation within the general lateral zonation. The center of alteration is generally potassium feldspar, commonly associated with alunite. Potassium feldspar grades laterally and vertically to either clinoptilolite or clinoptilolite-mordenite, generally associated with gypsum. This zone then grades vertically and laterally into fresh glass. The clay minerals are a dioctahedral smectite, a mixed-layer clay mineral, and a 7-A clay mineral. The mixed-layer and 7-A clay minerals are associated with the potassium feldspar-alunite zone of alteration, and the dioctahedral smectite is associated with clinoptilolite. This mineralogical zonation may be an exploration guide for mercury and uranium mineralization in the caldera complex environment.

  6. Mineral Surface Control of Organic Carbon Burial: Secular Rise of Clay Mineral Deposition in the Precambrian and the Rise of Oxygen

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    Kennedy, M. J.; Droser, M. L.; Mayer, L.; Pevear, D.

    2004-12-01

    Accumulation of oxygen in the earth's atmosphere requires burial of organic matter in marine sediments. Today, the major mode of organic carbon burial is in association with detrital pedogenic clay minerals which serve to protect organic matter against biological oxidation during burial in marine sediments. The bulk of detrital clays that are ultimately deposited in marine sediments are formed in biologically active soils that require plant processes to retain water, concentrate weathering produced solutes, stablize soils, and provide an adsorptive media. At some point in Earth history before the colonization of land surfaces by plants and the formation of biotic soils, clay mineral surface limitation may have severely reduced the preservation potential of organic carbon during burial. An important consequence of this would have also been a reduced flux of oxygen to the atmosphere because organic carbon and oxygen release are coupled. Multiple independent lines of evidence indicate a significant change in continental weathering and pedogenic clay mineral formation and establishment of the `clay factory' that coincides with colonization of land surfaces by primitive plant like organisms in the late Precambrian. The enhanced burial efficiency that would have accompanied the shift to the modern mode of detrital pedogenic clay hosted carbon burial would have driven an increase in oxygen levels toward present values. Evidence suggests that this rise in oxygen occurred just prior to the advent of the first complex animals in the Ediacaran.

  7. Spectral stratigraphy and clay minerals analysis in parts of Hellas Planitia, Mars

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    Das, I. C.; Joseph, J.; Subramanian, S. K.; Dadhwal, V. K.

    2014-11-01

    Absorption features that occur in reflectance spectra are a sensitive indicator of mineralogy and chemical composition for a wide variety of materials. The investigation of the mineralogy and chemical composition of surfaces give information about the origin and evolution of planetary bodies. On Mars, the processes of formation of different types of clay minerals result from different types of wet conditions viz. hydrothermalism, subsurface/groundwater weathering, surface alteration etc. The image analyzed in the present study was frt000947f- 164-trr3 (-27.87N-65.06E). Through the spectral stratigraphic characterization along a crater wall, eight (8) different layers were identified considering the spectral variability and their position. In Hellas Planitia, the alteration minerals identified by CRISM based on distinctive absorptions from 0.4 to3.9 ?m include Al-rich smectite, montmorillonite, phyllosilicate mineral at 2.2 ?m and 2.35 ?m, including strong absorption feature noticed at 1.9 ?m. We conclude that the layers exposed in the crater wall help characterize the compositional stratigraphy for confirming the presence of hydrated minerals in this region as an outcome of geohydrological weathering process.

  8. Determination of mineral abundances in samples from the exploratory studies facility using x-ray diffraction

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    Roberts, S.; Viani, R.

    1998-01-13

    Tuff samples collected from the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) were X-rayed to estimate relative mineral abundances. X-ray analysis was performed on sub-samples of specimens collected from both the Single Heater Test (SHT) and Drift Scale Heater Test (DST) that were used for thermomechanical measurements, as well as samples collected from cores retrieved from boreholes in the Drift Scale Test Area. The abundance of minerals that could affect the behavior of the host rock at repository relevant temperatures is of particular interest. These minerals include crystobalite, which undergoes a phase transition and volume change at elevated temperature (-250 `C), and smectite and clinoptilolite that can dehydrate at elevated temperature with accompanying volume reduction. In addition, the spatial distribution of SiO, polymorphs and secondary minerals may provide evidence for deducing past fluid pathways. The mineral abundances tabulated here include data reported previously in three milestone reports (Roberts and Viani, 1997a,b; Viani and Roberts, 1996) but re-analyzed (see below), as well as previously unreported data. Previous X-ray diffraction analyses of samples from the ESF (Roberts and Viani, 1997a; Viani and Roberts, 1996) utilized the matrix flushing method of Chung (1974) and an internal intensity standard (corundum) to quantify the abundances of the phases present. Although the method is adequate for obtaining relative abundances, its accuracy and precision is limited by the inherent differences between the external standards used to compute the reference intensity ratio and the mineral phases in the sample. In a subsequent report (Roberts and Viani, 1997b) mineral abundances were obtained using the Rietveld method of whole X-ray pattern fitting (Snyder and Bish, 1989; Young, 1993). The Rietveld technique has the potential to be both more accurate and more precise for estimating mineral abundances (Snyder and Bish, 1989).

  9. Spatial distribution of clay minerals in agrochernozems of erosional and denudational plains in the Stavropol region

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    Chizhikova, N. P.; Godunova, E. I.; Shkabarda, S. N.; Samsonova, A. A.; Malueva, T. I.

    2012-09-01

    The distribution pattern of the fine fractions (<1.0 and 1-5 ?m) and the mineralogical composition of the agrochernozems formed on the erosional-denudational plains of the Stavropol region have been studied. Erosion and denudation caused the redistribution of the fine material within the catena with its maximal accumulation on the lowermost part of the slope. The same processes favored the formation of surface deposits slightly differing in the composition of the principal mineral phases, i.e., complex disordered mixedlayered micas-smectites with varying combinations of micaceous and smectite layers in crystallites and di- and trioctahedral hydromicas. Imperfect kaolinite and magnesium-ferric chlorite are accompanying minerals. An increase in the amount of mixed-layered minerals with smectite layer is observed down the profile. In addition to the mentioned minerals, the individual smectite and clinoptilolite, which are components of Tertiary deposits, are identified in the lower parts of the agrochernozem profiles. The fine-silt fractions consist of (in decreasing order) di- and tri-octahedral micas, quartz, feldspars, plagioclase, and an admixture of phyllosilicates (kaolinite, chlorite, and mixed-layered chlorite-smectites). The maximal amount of the fine fraction, as well as the maximal amount of mica in it, is registered in the soils in the lower part of the slope. The phyllosilicates are decomposed in this fraction in the upper horizons. The seven-year-long application of mineral fertilizers intensified the peptization of the soil mass in the arable horizons, which increased the content of clay particles in them. A more contrasting distribution of the mixed-layered formations in the profiles, a considerable decrease in their reflection intensities, an increase in the structural disorder of the minerals, and a certain increase in the content of the fine-dispersed quartz are observed.

  10. Quality-assured evaluation of effective porosity using fit-for-purpose estimates of clay-mineral volume fraction

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    Worthington, Paul F.

    2010-05-01

    Reservoirs that contain dispersed clay minerals traditionally have been evaluated petrophysically using either the effective or the total porosity system. The major weakness of the former is its reliance on "shale" volume fraction ( Vsh) as a clay-mineral indicator in the determination of effective porosity from well logs. Downhole clay-mineral indicators have usually delivered overestimates of fractional clay-mineral volume ( Vcm) because they use as a reference nearby shale beds that are often assumed to comprise clay minerals exclusively, whereas those beds also include quartzitic silts and other detritus. For this reason, effective porosity is often underestimated significantly, and this shortfall transmits to computed hydrocarbons in place and thence to estimates of ultimate recovery. The problem is overcome here by using, as proxy groundtruths, core porosities that have been upscaled to match the spatial resolutions of porosity logs. Matrix and fluid properties are established over clean intervals in the usual way. Log-derived values of Vsh are tuned so that, on average, the resulting log-derived porosities match the corresponding core porosities over an evaluation interval. In this way, Vsh is rendered fit for purpose as an indicator of clay-mineral content Vcm for purposes of evaluating effective porosity. The method is conditioned to deliver a value of effective porosity that shows overall agreement with core porosity to within the limits of uncertainty of the laboratory measurements. This is achieved through function-, reservoir- and tool-specific Vsh reduction factors that can be applied to downhole estimates of clay-mineral content over uncored intervals of similar reservoir character. As expected, the reduction factors can also vary for different measurement conditions. The reduction factors lie in the range of 0.29-0.80, which means that in its raw form, log-derived Vsh can overestimate the clay-mineral content by more than a factor of three. This exposition constitutes a major product of this paper. The implementation of the reduction factors demonstrably improves the evaluation of effective porosity from density, density-neutron and sonic logs, an exercise that also becomes more consistent across different tool types, with substantial reductions in uncertainty. This outcome brings petrophysics much closer to a verifiable equivalence of the effective and total porosity systems for enhanced quality assurance and thence a greater confidence in petrophysically-sourced reserves estimates.

  11. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2007-01-01

    The article offers information on ball clay. Among the companies that mine ball clay in the U.S. are H.C. Spinks Clay, Kentucky-Tennessee Clay and Old Hickory Clay. In 2006, an estimated 1.2 million tons of the mineral was sold or used domestically and exported. Forty-percent of the total sales is accounted for ceramic floor and wall tile followed by sanitaryware and miscellaneous ceramics. Its average value was $ 45 per ton in 2006.

  12. Comparison of three different statistical methods for retrieving the lunar mineral abundance

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    Li, L.; Li, S.

    2010-12-01

    Our current work aims to develop the most reliable model for estimating lunar mineral abundances. In our previous studies, partial least squares (PLS) and genetic algorithm - partial least squares (GA-PLS) models have been used. PLS has two limitations: 1) redundant spectral bands cannot be removed effectively; and 2) non-linearity between lunar soil reflectance spectra and lunar mineral abundances cannot be accommodated. GA is an effective tool for selecting a set of spectral bands that are most sensitive to lunar minerals, and to some extent overcomes the first limitation. One objective of this study is to compare the PLS and GA-PLS performances in estimating lunar mineral abundances. Given the fact that GA-PLS is still subjected to the effect of nonlinearity, a hybrid PLS-BPNN model is developed and tested to determine how effective back propagation neural network (BPNN) is for overcoming the two limitations. BPNN accommodates nonlinearity with the sigmoid functions connecting BPNN layers of nodes, and the weights of redundant spectral bands are significantly decreased through the learning process. The lunar soil characterization consortium (LSCC) dataset is the only complete 'ground truth' data of the Moon consisting both soil reflectance spectra and mineral abundances. The LSCC dataset is composed of totally 19 Apollo samples and each sample has four particle size groups (< 10 µm, 10 - 20 µm, 20 - 45 µm, < 45 µm). Although the mineral abundances of the group < 45 µm are not measured, the mineral abundances of this group (validation set) are assumed to be the average of the mineral abundances of samples in other three groups (calibration set). PLS, GA-PLS and PLS-BPNN are assessed based on R-squares and relative root mean square error for the validation. The results indicates that GA-PLS performs better than PLS for retrieving the mineral abundance of agglutinate, plagioclase, pyroxene, and volcanic glasses (Figure 1), but PLS is preferred over GA-PLS for modeling the abundance of olivine and ilmenite (Figure 1). Comparison among the three models indicates that PLS-BPNN performs significantly better than both PLS and GA-PLS for estimating agglutinate, pyroxene, olivine, ilmenite, and volcanic glasses (Figure 1). For estimation of plagioclase, both PLS-BPNN and GA-PLS perform equally well. Overall PLS-BPNN is preferred over both PLS and GA-PLS for quantifying all lunar surface dominant minerals. Figure 1. Comparison of R- squares and relative root mean square errors resulting from the PLS, GA-PLS and PLS-BPNN validation.

  13. Terrestrial Analogs for Clay Minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars

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    Treiman, A. H.; Morris, R. V.; Bristow, T.; Ming, D. W.; Achilles, C.; Bish, D. L.; Blake, D.; Vaniman, D.; Chipera, S.; Team, M.

    2013-12-01

    Sediments of the Sheepbed unit, Gale Crater, were analyzed by the CheMin X-ray diffraction instrument on the Curiosity Rover. The sediments consist of typical basalt minerals (Fe-forsterite, augite, pigeonite, plagioclase), as well as Fe oxide/hydroxides, Fe-sulfides, amorphous material, and a phyllosilicate. The phyllosilicate has a broad 001 peak at ~1.0 nm, consistent with a poorly ordered smectite. However, in the absence of diagnostic tests possible on Earth, its identity is not clear. The position of the 06L diffraction band is generally used to distinguish dioctahedral from trioctahedral smectite, but it is beyond CheMin's range of 2?. The measured position of the 02L diffraction band (~22.5 2? by CheMin), implies that the smectite is trioctahedral. The exact position and shape of the 02L band is determined by the cations in the ';M' sites of the smectite; to constrain those cations, we sought analogs among terrestrial smectites, emphasizing those developed from basaltic precursors. A potential analog for the Sheepbed smectite is ';griffithite,' a variety of trioctahedral smectite in altered basalt of the Topanga formation, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. ';Griffithite' has an 02L diffraction band that is close in position and shape to that of the Sheepbed smectite, although ';griffithite' has a very sharp 001 peak, indicating a high degree of layer ordering not seen in the Sheepbed smectite. A typical chemical formula for ';griffithite,' determined by electron microprobe, is (Ca0.59 Na0.03) (Mg4.28 Fe1.83) (Si6.64 Al1.36) O20 (OH)4, normalized to Si+Al=8. This formula is consistent with a fully trioctahedral Fe-Mg smectite with Ca and Na as interlayer cations. In the Topanga basalt, four types of ';griffithite' are present: fine-grained, filling cracks and vesicles; coarse-grained, filling vesicles; coarse-grained, replacing olivine phenocrysts; and coarse-grained, replacing glassy mesostasis. The fine-grained ';griffithite' formed first, and the last three varieties may be contemporaneous. One sample shows agate (?-quartz) that was precipitated between the episodes of deposition of the fine-grained and coarse-grained ';griffithite.' ';Griffithite' is not unique as a possible terrestrial analog - some clay minerals from the Doushantou formation, China, have similar 02L diffraction bands, and many basalts contain smectites in vesicles and as replacements after olivine. Similar trioctahedral smectites occur also in the nakhlite martian meteorites - as veinlets and replacements of olivine. By understanding the formation of these terrestrial clays, we hope to constrain the nature and mechanism of formation of the Sheepbed clay mineral.

  14. First-principles study of cesium adsorption to weathered micaceous clay minerals

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    Okumura, Masahiko; Nakamura, Hiroki; Machida, Masahiko

    2014-05-01

    A large amount of radioactive nuclides was produced into environment due to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. Residents near FDNPP were suffering from radioactive cesium and then evacuated, because which has long half-life and is retained by surface soil for long time. The Japanese government has been decontaminating the cesium by removing the surface soil in order to return them to their home. This decontamination method is very effective, but which produces huge amount of waste soil. This becomes another big problem in Fukushima, because it is not easy to find large storage sites. Then effective and economical methods to reduce the volume of the waste soil are needed. However, it has not been invented yet. One of the reasons is lack of knowledge about microscopic process of adsorption/desorption of cesium to/from soil. It is known that weathered micaceous clay minerals play crucial role on adsorption and retention of cesium. They are expected to have special sorption sites, called frayed edge sites (FESs), which adsorb cesium selectively and irreversibly. Properties of FES have been intensely investigated by experiments. But microscopic details of the adsorption process on FES are still unclear. Because direct observation of the process with current experimental techniques is quite difficult. We investigated the adsorption of cesium to FES in muscovite, which is a typical micaceous clay mineral, via first-principles calculations (density functional theory). We made a minimal model of FES and evaluate the energy difference before and after cesium adsorption to FES. This is the first numerical modeling of FES. It was shown that FES does adsorb cesium if the weathering of muscovite has been weathered. In addition, we revealed the mechanism of cesium adsorption to FES, which is competition between ion radius of cesium and the degree of weathering. I plan to discuss volume reduction of the waste soil based on our result. Reference M. Okumura, H. Nakamura, and M. Machida, Mechanism of Strong Affinity of Clay Minerals to Radioactive Cesium : First-Principles Calculation Study for Adsorption of Cesium at Frayed Edge Sites in Muscovite, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 82, 033802 (2013).

  15. Terrestrial Analogs for Clay Minerals at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars

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    Treiman, Allan H; Morris, Richard V.; Bristow, Thomas; Ming, Douglas W.; Achillies, Cherie; Bish, David L.; Blake, David; Vaniman, David; Chipera, Steve

    2013-01-01

    Sediments of the Sheepbed unit, Gale Crater, were analyzed by the CheMin X-ray diffraction instrument on the Curiosity Rover. The sediments consist of typical basalt minerals (Fe-forsterite, augite, pigeonite, plagioclase), as well as Fe oxide/hydroxides, Fesulfides, amorphous material, and a phyllosilicate. The phyllosilicate has a broad 001 peak at approx 1.0 nm, consistent with a poorly ordered smectite. However, in the absence of diagnostic tests possible on Earth, its identity is not clear. The position of the 06L diffraction band is generally used to distinguish dioctahedral from trioctahedral smectite, but it is beyond CheMin's range of 2 Theta. The measured position of the 02L diffraction band (approx 22.5deg 2 Theta by CheMin), implies that the smectite is trioctahedral. The exact position and shape of the 02L band is determined by the cations in the 'M' sites of the smectite; to constrain those cations, we sought analogs among terrestrial smectites, emphasizing those developed from basaltic precursors. A potential analog for the Sheepbed smectite is 'griffithite,' a variety of trioctahedral smectite in altered basalt of the Topanga formation, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. 'Griffithite' has an 02L diffraction band that is close in position and shape to that of the Sheepbed smectite, although 'griffithite' has a very sharp 001 peak, indicating a high degree of layer ordering not seen in the Sheepbed smectite. A typical chemical formula for 'griffithite,' determined by electron microprobe, is (Ca0.59 Na0.03) (Mg4.28 Fe1.83) (Si6.64 Al1.36) O20 (OH)4, normalized to Si+Al=8. This formula is consistent with a fully trioctahedral Fe-Mg smectite with Ca and Na as interlayer cations. In the Topanga basalt, four types of 'griffithite' are present: fine-grained, filling cracks and vesicles; coarse-grained, filling vesicles; coarse-grained, replacing olivine phenocrysts; and coarse-grained, replacing glassy mesostasis. The fine-grained 'griffithite' formed first, and the last three varieties may be contemporaneous. One sample shows agate (alpha- quartz) that was precipitated between the episodes of deposition of the fine-grained and coarse-grained 'griffithite.' 'Griffithite' is not unique as a possible terrestrial analog - some clay minerals from the Doushantou formation, China, have similar 02L diffraction bands, and many basalts contain smectites in vesicles and as replacements after olivine. Similar trioctahedral smectites occur also in the nakhlite martian meteorites - as veinlets and replacements of olivine. By understanding the formation of these terrestrial clays, we hope to constrain the nature and mechanism of formation of the Sheepbed clay mineral.

  16. Understanding the role of clay minerals in the chromium(VI) bioremoval by Pseudomonas aeruginosa CCTCC AB93066 under growth condition: microscopic, spectroscopic and kinetic analysis.

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    Kang, Chunxi; Wu, Pingxiao; Li, Yuewu; Ruan, Bo; Li, Liping; Tran, Lytuong; Zhu, Nengwu; Dang, Zhi

    2015-11-01

    Laboratory batch experiments were conducted to investigate the role of clay minerals, e.g., kaolinite and vermiculite, in microbial Cr(VI) reduction by Pseudomonas aeruginosa under growth condition in glucose-amended mediums as a method for treating Cr(VI)-contaminated subsurface environment such as soil. Our results indicated that glucose could acted as an essential electron donor, and clay minerals significantly enhanced microbial Cr(VI) reduction rates by improving the consumption rate of glucose and stimulating the growth and propagation of P. aeruginosa. Cr(VI) bioreduction by both free cells and clay minerals-amended cells followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model, with the latter one fitting better. The mass balance analyses and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis found that Cr(VI) was reduced to Cr(III) and the adsorption of total chromium on clay minerals-bacteria complex was small, implying that Cr(VI) bioremoval was not mainly due to the adsorption of Cr(VI) onto cells or clay minerals or clay minerals-cells complex but mainly due to the Cr(VI) reduction capacity of P. aeruginosa under the experimental conditions studied (e.g., pH 7). Atomic force microscopy revealed that the addition of clay minerals (e.g. vermiculite) decreased the surface roughness of Cr(VI)-laden cells and changed the cell morphology and dimension. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy revealed that organic matters such as aliphatic species and/or proteins played an important role in the combination of cells and clay minerals. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the attachment of cells on the surface of clay minerals, indicating that clay minerals could provide a microenvironment to protect cells from Cr(VI) toxicity and serve as growth-supporting materials. These findings manifested the underlying influence of clay minerals on microbial reduction of Cr(VI) and gave an understanding of the interaction between pollutants, the environment and the biota. PMID:26296415

  17. Abundance and distribution of mineral components associated with Moses Rock (kimberlite) diatreme

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    Mustard, J. F.; Pieters, C. M.

    1986-01-01

    The surface mineralogy in and around Moses Rock diatreme, a kimberlite-bearing dike in SW Utah, was examined using internally calibrated Airborne Imaging Spectrometer (AIS) data. Distinct near-infrared absorption characteristics of clays, gypsum, and serpentine (a key marker for kinberlite concentration) allowed the surface units containing these components to be identified spatially and the relative abundance of each component measured. Within the dike itself, channels and dispersed components of kimberlite and blocks of country rocks were accurately determined.

  18. Interactions Between Chlorinated Waste Solvents and Clay Minerals in Low Permeability Subsurface Layers

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    Ayral, D.; Otero-Diaz, M.; Demond, A. H.

    2014-12-01

    Waste organic contaminants stored in low permeability subsurface layers serve as long-term sources for dissolved phase contaminant plumes. These layers may have a different mineralogical make up than the surrounding geologic media; specifically, they may be characterized by a high clay content. Although these layers are often considered inert, interactions may occur between the clay minerals and the waste liquids that may influence transport. Measurements of the basal spacing of Na-montmorillonite in contact with pure chlorinated organic liquids such as trichloroethylene (TCE) showed that it is similar to that with water; however, its basal spacing in contact with waste chlorinated liquids was reduced, leading to cracking. In fact, the basal spacing in contact with the waste chlorinated liquids was closer to that in contact with air than in contact with water. The observation that contact with pure organic liquids did not cause cracking, but contact with chlorinated wastes obtained from the field did, suggests that other components of the waste are critical to the basal spacing reduction process. Screening experiments indicated that the presence of a binary mixture of surfactants, a nonionic and an anionic surfactant, in the chlorinated solvent were necessary to cause the cracking at the same rate and magnitude as the chlorinated wastes obtained from the field. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy measurements suggest that the mixture alters the adsorbed water OH-bending band, implying a displacement of adsorbed water. Coupling these results with sorption and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, a hypothesis of component conformation in the clay interlayer space that leads to cracking can be constructed.

  19. Mineralogic and isotopic constraints on impact related clay mineral alteration, in the Woodleigh impact structure, Western Australia

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    Uysal, I. T.; Golding, S. D.; Mory, A. J.; Glikson, A. Y.

    2003-04-01

    Clay mineral fractions from one of the largest Phanerozoic impact structures, the Woodleigh impact structure were investigated by XRD, electron microscopy and K-Ar and stable isotopic studies. Samples were collected from the central uplifted Precambrian basement granitoid, conglomeratic rocks derived from reworked impact rocks, and from the Ordovician-Devonian sandstones located 30 km west of the central uplift. There are remarkable lateral and vertical variations in authigenic clay mineral compositions and illite crystallinity (IC) values (Kbler index). Clay minerals from shocked granitoid basement rocks are mainly smectite-rich (>75%) mixed-layer illite-smectite with some discrete illite formed as an alteration-product (replacement) of biotite. Clay minerals in the conglomeratic rocks consist of mainly illite and Fe-rich chlorite, and in the lower part of the section, chlorite-rich (>50%) mixed-layer chlorite-smectite. Smectite in the oxidised upper part of the conglomeratic section is probably a weathering- product. Clay minerals from the Ordovician-Devonian sandstones further away from the central part of the impact structure include illite, less chlorite, and in the Devonian strata smectite. IC values of the <2 mm grain-size fraction in the conglomeratic rocks range from 0.51 to 0.56 ^o? 2? in the upper part and from 0.75 to 0.82 ^o? 2? in the lower part of the section. Illites from the Ordovician-Devonian sandstones show significantly higher IC values ranging from 0.75 to 1.45 ^o? 2?. Results of the clay mineralogy suggest that variations of clay mineral compositions and IC values are related to the changes in rock lithology and the variable effects of impact-induced hydrothermal processes. K-Ar dating of the authigenic illites of the coarser size-fractions (2-1 ?m and 0.5-0.2 ?m) containing no smectite yield concordant ages around 365 Ma. These K-Ar age data are consistent with previous results (Uysal et al., 2001;EPSL, 192:281--289) and, together with stratigraphic age constraints, confirm that the impact event was coeval with the Late Devonian mass extinction. Woodleigh impact-related clay minerals have significantly high ?18O values from 13.4 to 18.9 ppm. The calculated fluid ?18O values ranges from 6.5 to 11.7 ppm that are highly enriched in 18O relative to seawater, meteoric water and most basinal brines and may indicate the hydrothermal fluids interacted with 18O-rich condensed meteoritic components injected into the crater floor.

  20. NMR spectroscopic investigations of surface and interlayer species on minerals, clays and other oxides

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    Kirkpatrick, R.J.; Yeongkyoo Kim; Weiss, C.A.; Cygan, R.T.

    1996-07-01

    The behavior of chemical species adsorbed on solid surfaces and exchanged into clay interlayers plays a significant role in controlling many natural and technologically important processes, including rheological behavior, catalysis, plant growth, transport in natural pore fluids and those near anthropogenic hazardous waste sites, and water-mineral interaction. Adsorption and exchange reactions have been the focus of intense study for many decades. Only more recently, however, have there been extensive spectroscopic studies of surface species. Among the spectroscopic methods useful for studying surface and exchanged species (e.g., infrared, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy [XPS] and X-ray absorption spectroscopy [XAS]), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) has the considerable advantage of providing not only structural information via the chemical shift and quadrupole coupling constant but dynamical information in the Hz-mHz range via lineshape analysis and relaxation rate measurements. It is also possible to obtain data in the presence of a separate fluid phase, which is essential for many applications. This paper illustrates the range of applications of NMR methods to surface and exchanged species through review of recent work from our laboratory on Cs in clay interlayers and Cs, Na and phosphate adsorbed on oxide surfaces. The substrate materials used for these experiments and our long-term objectives are related to problems of geochemical interest, but the principals and techniques are of fundamental interest and applicable to a wide range of technological problems.

  1. Sedimentary processes on the Mekong subaqueous delta: Clay mineral and geochemical analysis

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    Xue, Zuo; Paul Liu, J.; DeMaster, Dave; Leithold, Elana L.; Wan, Shiming; Ge, Qian; Nguyen, Van Lap; Ta, Thi Kim Oanh

    2014-01-01

    Sedimentary processes on the inner Mekong Shelf were investigated by examining the characteristics of sediments sampled in gravity cores at 15 locations, including grain size, clay mineralogy, sediment accumulation rates, and the elemental and stable carbon isotopic composition of organic matter (atomic C/N ratios and δ13C). Deltaic deposits exhibit contrasting characteristics along different sides of the delta plain (South China Sea, SCS hereafter, to the east and Gulf of Thailand, GOT hereafter, to the west) as well as on and off the subaqueous deltaic system. On one hand, cores recovered from the subaqueous delta in the SCS/GOT are consisted of poorly/well sorted sediments with similar/different clay mineral assemblage with/from Mekong sediments. Excess 210Pb profiles, supported by 14C chronologies, indicate either "non-steady" (SCS side) or "rapid accumulation" (GOT side) processes on the subaqueous delta. The δ13C and C/N ratio indicate a mixture of terrestrial and marine-sourced organic matter in the deltaic sediment. On the other hand, cores recovered from areas with no deltaic deposits or seaward of the subaqueous delta show excess 210Pb profiles indicating "steady-state" accumulation with a greater proportion of marine-sourced organic matter. Core analysis's relevance with local depositional environment and previous acoustic profiling are discussed.

  2. The imprint of atmospheric evolution in the D/H of Hesperian clay minerals on Mars

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    Mahaffy, P. R.; Webster, C. R.; Stern, J. C.; Brunner, A. E.; Atreya, S. K.; Conrad, P. G.; Domagal-Goldman, S.; Eigenbrode, J. L.; Flesch, G. J.; Christensen, L. E.; Franz, H. B.; Freissinet, C.; Glavin, D. P.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Jones, J. H.; Leshin, L. A.; Malespin, C.; McAdam, A. C.; Ming, D. W.; Navarro-Gonzalez, R.; Niles, P. B.; Owen, T.; Pavlov, A. A.; Steele, A.; Trainer, M. G.; Williford, K. H.; Wray, J. J.; aff14

    2015-01-01

    The deuterium-to-hydrogen (D/H) ratio in strongly bound water or hydroxyl groups in ancient martian clays retains the imprint of the water of formation of these minerals. Curiositys Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) experiment measured thermally evolved water and hydrogen gas released between 550 and 950C from samples of Hesperian-era Gale crater smectite to determine this isotope ratio. The D/H value is 3.0 (0.2) times the ratio in standard mean ocean water. The D/H ratio in this ~3-billion-year-old mudstone, which is half that of the present martian atmosphere but substantially higher than that expected in very early Mars, indicates an extended history of hydrogen escape and desiccation of the planet.

  3. Clay fractions from a soil chronosequence after glacier retreat reveal the initial evolution of organo-mineral associations

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    Dmig, Alexander; Husler, Werner; Steffens, Markus; Kgel-Knabner, Ingrid

    2012-05-01

    Interactions between organic and mineral constituents prolong the residence time of organic matter in soils. However, the structural organization and mechanisms of organic coverage on mineral surfaces as well as their development with time are still unclear. We used clay fractions from a soil chronosequence (15, 75 and 120 years) in the foreland of the retreating Damma glacier (Switzerland) and from mature soils outside the proglacial area (>700 and <3000 years) to elucidate the evolution of organo-mineral associations during initial soil formation. The chemical composition of the clay-bound organic matter (OM) was assessed by solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy while the quantities of amino acids and neutral sugar monomers were determined after acid hydrolysis. The mineral phase was characterized by X-ray diffraction, oxalate extraction, specific surface area by N2 adsorption (BET approach), and cation exchange capacity at pH 7 (CECpH7). The last two methods were applied before and after H2O2 treatment. We found pronounced shifts in quantity and quality of OM during aging of the clay fractions, especially within the first one hundred years of soil formation. The strongly increasing organic carbon (OC) loading of clay-sized particles resulted in decreasing specific surface areas (SSA) of the mineral phases and increasing CECpH7. Thus, OC accumulation was faster than the supply of mineral surfaces and cation exchange capacity was mainly determined by the OC content. Clay-bound OC of the 15-year-old soils showed high proportions of carboxyl C and aromatic C. This may point to remnants of ancient OC which were inherited from the recently exposed glacial till. With increasing age (75 and 120 years), the relative proportions of carboxyl and aromatic C decreased. This was associated with increasing O-alkyl C proportions, whereas accumulation of alkyl C was mainly detected in clay fractions from the mature soils. These findings from solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy are in line with the increasing amounts of microbial-derived carbohydrates with soil age. The large accumulation of proteins, which was comparable to those of carbohydrates, and the very low C/N ratios of H2O2-resistant OM indicated strong and preferential associations between proteinaceous compounds and mineral surfaces. In the acid soils, poorly crystalline Fe oxides were the main providers of mineral surface area and important for the stabilization of OM during aging of the clay fractions. This was indicated by (I) the strong correlations between oxalate soluble Fe and both, SSA of H2O2-treated clay fractions and OC content, and (II) the low formation of expandable clays due to small extents of mineral weathering. Our chronosequence approach provided new insights into the evolution of organo-mineral interactions in acid soils. The formation of organo-mineral associations started with the sorption of proteinaceous compounds and microbial-derived carbohydrates on mineral surfaces which were mainly provided by ferrihydrite. The sequential accumulation of different organic compounds and the large OC loadings point to multiple accretion of OM in distinct zones or layers during the initial evolution of clay fractions.

  4. Structural charge site influence on the interlayer hydration of expandable three-sheet clay minerals

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    Kerns, R.L., Jr.; Mankin, C.J.

    1968-01-01

    Previous investigations have demonstrated the influences of interlayer cation composition, relative humidity, temperature, and magnitude of interlayer surface charge on the interlayer hydration of montmorillonites and vermiculites. It has been suggested that the sites of layer charge deficiencies may also have an influence upon the amount of hydration that can take place in the interlayers of expandable clay minerals. If the interlayer cation-to-layer bonds are considered as ideally electrostatic, the magnitude of the forces resisting expansion may be expressed as a form of Coulomb's law. If this effect is significant, expandable structures in which the charge-deficiency sites are predominantly in the tetrahedral sheet should have less pronounced swelling properties than should structures possessing charge deficiencies located primarily in the octahedral sheet. Three samples that differed in location of layer charge sites were selected for study. An important selection criterion was a non-correlation between tetrahedral charge sites and high surface-charge density, and between octahedral charge sites and low surface-charge density. The effects of differences in interlayer cation composition were eliminated by saturating portions of each sample with the same cations. Equilibrium (001) d values at controlled constant humidities were used as a measure of the relative degree of interlayer hydration. Although no correlation could be made between the degree of interlayer hydration and total surface-charge density, the investigation does not eliminate total surface-charge density as being significant to the swelling properties of three-sheet clay-mineral structures. The results do indicate a correlation between more intense expandability and predominance of charge deficiencies in the octahedral sheet. Conversely, less intense swelling behavior is associated with predominantly tetrahedral charge deficiencies. ?? 1968.

  5. Removal of organic pollutants in model water and thermal wastewater using clay minerals.

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    Szabó, Emese; Vajda, Krisztina; Veréb, Gábor; Dombi, András; Mogyorósi, Károly; Ábrahám, Imre; Májer, Marcell

    2011-01-01

    Water treatment method was developed for the removal of different anionic dyes such as methyl orange and indigo carmine, and also for thymol applying sodium bentonite and cationic surfactant - hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB) - or polyelectrolytes (polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride, poly-DADMAC and poly-amines). The removal efficiency of these model substrates was examined in model water using UV-Vis spectrophotometry, HPLC and TOC analysis. The clay mineral and HTAB were added in one step to the polluted model water in Jar-test experiments. The influence of the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of the applied clay mineral and the presence of polyaluminium chloride coagulant (BOPAC) were also tested for the water treatment process. The structures of the in situ produced and pre-prepared organoclay composites were compared by XRD analysis. The rapid formation of organoclay adsorbents provided very efficient removal of the dyes (65-90 % in 3-10 mg/L TOC(0) range) with 200 mg/L sodium bentonite dose, however thymol was less efficiently separated. Adsorption efficiencies of the composites were compared at different levels of ion exchange such as at 40, 60 and 100 %. In the case of thymol, the elimination of inorganic carbon from the model water before the TOC analysis resulted in some loss of the analysed volatile compound therefore the HPLC analysis was found to be the most suitable tool for the evaluation of the process. This one-step adsorption method using in situ formed organoclay was better performing than the conventional process in which the montmorillonite-surfactant composite is pre-preapared and subsequently added to the polluted water. The purification performance of this method was also evaluated on raw and artificially polluted thermal wastewater samples containing added thymol. PMID:21929471

  6. Heavy metals alter the electrokinetic properties of bacteria, yeasts, and clay minerals.

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    Collins, Y E; Stotzky, G

    1992-01-01

    The electrokinetic patterns of four bacterial species (Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus megaterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Agrobacterium radiobacter), two yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans), and two clay minerals (montmorillonite and kaolinite) in the presence of the chloride salts of the heavy metals, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, and Zn, and of Na and Mg were determined by microelectrophoresis. The cells and kaolinite were net negatively charged at pH values above their isoelectric points (pI) in the presence of Na, Mg, Hg, and Pb at an ionic strength (mu) of 3 x 10(-4); montmorillonite has no pI and was net negatively charged at all pH values in the presence of these metals. However, the charge of some bacteria, S. cerevisiae, and kaolinite changed to a net positive charge (charge reversal) in the presence of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn at pH values above 5.0 (the pH at which charge reversal occurred differed with the metal) and then, at higher pH values, again became negative. The charge of the bacteria and S. cerevisiae also reversed in solutions of Cu and Ni with a mu of greater than 3 x 10(-4), whereas there was no reversal in solutions with a mu of less than 3 x 10(-4). The clays became net positively charged when the mu of Cu was greater than 3 x 10(-4) and that of Ni was greater than 1.5 x 10(-4). The charge of the cells and clays also reversed in solutions containing both Mg and Ni or both Cu and Ni (except montmorillonite) but not in solutions containing both Mg and Cu (except kaolinite) (mu = 3 x 10(-4)). The pIs of the cells in the presence of the heavy metals were at either higher or lower pH values than in the presence of Na and Mg. Exposure of the cells to the various metals at pH values from 2 to 9 for the short times (ca. 10 min) required to measure the electrophoretic mobility did not affect their viability. The specific adsorption on the cells and clays of the hydrolyzed species of some of the heavy metals that formed at higher pH values was probably responsible for the charge reversal. These results suggest that the toxicity of some heavy metals to microorganisms varies with pH because the hydrolyzed speciation forms of these metals, which occur at higher pH values, bind on the cell surface and alter the net charge of the cell.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:1622229

  7. The origin of the pozzolanic activity of calcined clay minerals: A comparison between kaolinite, illite and montmorillonite

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    Fernandez, Rodrigo; Martirena, Fernando; Scrivener, Karen L.

    2011-01-15

    This paper investigates the decomposition of three clayey structures (kaolinite, illite and montmorillonite) when thermally treated at 600 {sup o}C and 800 {sup o}C and the effect of this treatment on their pozzolanic activity in cementitious materials. Raw and calcined clay minerals were characterized by the XRF, XRD, {sup 27}Al NMR, DTG and BET techniques. Cement pastes and mortars were produced with a 30% substitution by calcined clay minerals. The pozzolanic activity and the degree of hydration of the clinker component were monitored on pastes using DTG and BSE-IA, respectively. Compressive strength and sorptivity properties were assessed on standard mortars. It was shown that kaolinite, due to the amount and location of OH groups in its structure, has a different decomposition process than illite or montmorillonite, which results in an important loss of crystallinity. This explains its enhanced pozzolanic activity compared to other calcined clay-cement blends.

  8. Interplay between cataclasis, clay mineral diagenesis and porosity reduction in deformation bands in unconsolidated arkosic sands

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    Lommatzsch, Marco; Exner, Ulrike; Gier, Susanne

    2013-04-01

    As a response to tectonic and gravitational stresses, unconsolidated sediments can develop zones of localized deformation, commonly described as deformation bands. These are tabular fault zones in high porosity rocks and sediments characterized by small offsets causing reduction of porosity through grain rotation, translation and fracturing. Classified by deformation mechanism and depth of formation, there are two main types of deformation bands: disaggregation bands, where compaction is achieved only by grain rotation and translation, and cataclastic bands, which show intense grain size reduction by grain fracturing. In various examples the porosity and permeability reduction in these fault zones inhibits the flow of fluids. The timing of deformation band formation relative to diagenesis and fluid migration is relevant in relation to the quality and connectivity of hydrocarbon or groundwater reservoirs. The investigated outcrop in a sandpit near Eisenstadt (Eisenstadt-Sopron Basin, Austria) exposes numerous conjugate deformation bands, which are formed in lower Miocene uncemented, arkosic sands and gravels. These deformation bands formed at shallow burial depth (< 1km) and are kinematically related to the nearby Eisenstadt Fault. This outcrop offers the unique possibility to investigate deformation bands with identical kinematic boundary conditions in highly variable sediments, i.e. with a wide range of different grain sizes from fine sand to coarse gravel, variable porosity and mineral content, different stages of diagenesis and carbonate-free or carbonatic sediments. The fact that cataclasis is one of the dominant mechanisms at these shallow depths (< 1km) is unusual and an exception to most cataclastic bands described in literature. This is probably related to the composition, coarse grain size and the high porosity of the sediments. The coarse host sediment mainly consists of detrital quartz, albite, biotite, sericite, muscovite and metamorphic lithoclasts. The dominant deformation mechanisms and the magnitude of porosity reduction in the carbonate-free lithologies are controlled by the initial mica content, mean grain size, level of alteration and albite content in the host rock. The studied deformation bands show a preferred fracturing of sericitized albite grains and the smearing of micas into the pore space. These processes increase the amount of phyllosilicates in the pore space and facilitate the growth of various authigenic clay minerals like smectite, vermiculite, kaolinite and illite. Because of the changed petrophysical properties the deformation bands show a different diagenetic evolution in comparison with the host rock. We identified 4 steps in the development from a high-porosity host rock to a low porosity deformation band. The measured reduction in porosity by up to 18% is associated with a permeability reduction, reflected in the retention of fluids along the deformation bands with the highest content of authigenic clay minerals.

  9. Effect of organic matter properties, clay mineral type and thermal maturity on gas adsorption in organic-rich shale systems

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    Zhang, Tongwei; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Ruppel, Stephen C.; Milliken, Kitty; Lewan, Mike; Sun, Xun

    2013-01-01

    A series of CH4 adsorption experiments on natural organic-rich shales, isolated kerogen, clay-rich rocks, and artificially matured Woodford Shale samples were conducted under dry conditions. Our results indicate that physisorption is a dominant process for CH4 sorption, both on organic-rich shales and clay minerals. The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area of the investigated samples is linearly correlated with the CH4 sorption capacity in both organic-rich shales and clay-rich rocks. The presence of organic matter is a primary control on gas adsorption in shale-gas systems, and the gas-sorption capacity is determined by total organic carbon (TOC) content, organic-matter type, and thermal maturity. A large number of nanopores, in the 2–50 nm size range, were created during organic-matter thermal decomposition, and they significantly contributed to the surface area. Consequently, methane-sorption capacity increases with increasing thermal maturity due to the presence of nanopores produced during organic-matter decomposition. Furthermore, CH4 sorption on clay minerals is mainly controlled by the type of clay mineral present. In terms of relative CH4 sorption capacity: montmorillonite ≫ illite – smectite mixed layer > kaolinite > chlorite > illite. The effect of rock properties (organic matter content, type, maturity, and clay minerals) on CH4 adsorption can be quantified with the heat of adsorption and the standard entropy, which are determined from adsorption isotherms at different temperatures. For clay-mineral rich rocks, the heat of adsorption (q) ranges from 9.4 to 16.6 kJ/mol. These values are considerably smaller than those for CH4 adsorption on kerogen (21.9–28 kJ/mol) and organic-rich shales (15.1–18.4 kJ/mol). The standard entropy (Δs°) ranges from -64.8 to -79.5 J/mol/K for clay minerals, -68.1 to -111.3 J/mol/K for kerogen, and -76.0 to -84.6 J/mol/K for organic-rich shales. The affinity of CH4 molecules for sorption on organic matter is stronger than for most common clay minerals. Thus, it is expected that CH4 molecules may preferentially occupy surface sites on organic matter. However, active sites on clay mineral surfaces are easily blocked by water. As a consequence, organic-rich shales possess a larger CH4-sorption capacity than clay-rich rocks lacking organic matter. The thermodynamic parameters obtained in this study can be incorporated into model predictions of the maximum Langmuir pressure and CH4- sorption capacity of shales under reservoir temperature and pressure conditions.

  10. Simple algorithms for remote determination of mineral abundances and particle sizes from reflectance spectra

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    Johnson, Paul E.; Smith, Milton O.; Adams, John B.

    1992-01-01

    Algorithms were developed, based on Hapke's (1981) equations, for remote determinations of mineral abundances and particle sizes from reflectance spectra. In this method, spectra are modeled as a function of end-member abundances and illumination/viewing geometry. The method was tested on a laboratory data set. It is emphasized that, although there exist more sophisticated models, the present algorithms are particularly suited for remotely sensed data, where little opportunity exists to independently measure reflectance versus article size and phase function.

  11. The study of the soil clay minerals within the framework of the integrated research headed by N.I. Bazilevich

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    Chizhikova, N. P.

    2010-11-01

    The main areas of the integrated biogeochemical studies performed under the supervision of N.I. Bazilevich dealing with the investigation of soil minerals were considered. The development of the clay profiles in soils under the effect of chernozem formation, solodization, salinization, solonetzization, and gleyzation, the spatial differentiation of which favored the development of the pronounced complexity of the soil cover in the forest-steppe zone of the Baraba Lowland, was described. It was shown that irrigation with sodic water induces the evolution of chernozems to solodized soils due to the dispersion and destruction of the clay minerals. The behavior of the minerals in the sodic solonetz-solonchaks of Armenia during their reclamation with sulfuric acid and iron (II) sulfate was explained. The effect of the root exudates from black saxaul ( Haloxylon aphyllum) on the transformation of the layered silicates in the rooting zone of sandy desert soils was noted.

  12. Environmental Weathering of Aluminosilicate Clay Minerals: Solid-State NMR Studies of Transformations Leading to Radionuclide Sequestration

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    Mueller, Karl T.; Crosson, Garry; Chorover, Jon; Choi, Sunkyung

    2004-03-28

    Mobilities of radionuclides (such as 137Cs and 90Sr) are governed by their interactions with natural soil particles in the saturated and unsaturated zones at Department of Energy sites. High surface area aluminosilicate clay minerals are a component of the natural soils beneath the leaking waste tanks at these sites and serve as possible radionuclide sorbents. However, due to the characteristics of the contaminant medium (high pH, high Al and high ionic strength), clay minerals are susceptible to transformations during exposure to tank waste leachates. We are currently studying the transformation of clays under specific chemical conditions that mimic the composition of known contaminant solutions. In these studies, specimen clay samples are reacted for varying time periods (up to one year) with simulated tank waste leachate solutions. Mineral dissolution and transformation are followed with solution analysis, x-ray diffraction and a number of other analytical methods. We report here results from 27Al MAS NMR at variable magnetic field strengths (up to 18.8 T), 29Si MAS NMR and 1H/29Si CPMAS NMR and evaluate these results along with those of other parallel analytic studies.

  13. CLAY MINERALOGY OF INSOLUBLE RESIDUES IN MARINE EVAPORITES.

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    Bodine, Marc W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Insoluble residues from three sequences of Paleozoic marine evaporites (Retsof salt bed in western New York, Salado Formation in south-eastern New Mexico, and Paradox Member of the Hermosa Formation in southeastern Utah) are rich in trioctahedral clays. Chlorite (clinochlore), corrensite (mixed-layer chlorite-trioctahedral smectite), talc, and illite (the only dioctahedral clay) are the dominant clay minerals; serpentine, discrete trioctahedral smectite (saponite), and interstratified talc-trioctahedral smectite are sporadically abundant. These clay-mineral assemblages differ chemically and mineralogically from those observed in most continental and normal marine rocks, which commonly contain kaolinite, dioctahedral smectite (beidellite-montmorillonite), illite, mixed-layer illite-dioctahedral smectite, and, in most cases, no more than minor quantities of trioctahedral clay minerals. The distinctive clay mineralogy in these evaporite sequences suggests a largely authigenic origin. These clay minerals are thought to have formed during deposition and early diagenesis through interaction between argillaceous detritus and Mg-rich marine evaporite brines.

  14. Orientation and optical properties of methylene blue crystal for better understanding of interactions with clay mineral surface

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    Miloevi?, Maja; Logar, Mihovil

    2013-04-01

    The properties of cationic dye Methylene blue (MB) adsorbed on diferent surfaces have been investigated intensively over the years and various models for the orientation of its cations have been proposed (Hang and Brindley, 1970; Bujdak et al., 2003; Li and Zare, 2004; Marr III et al., 1973; Bujdak, 2006).The main objective of this work is to investigate and determine orientation and optical properties of metylene blue crystal upon its crystallization on a glass slate and to use those findings in better understanding of interactions with clay minerals. Cationic dyes have very high affinity for clay surfaces and those interactions are easily detected, therefore these dyes are used to determine several properties of clay surfaces (morphology, layer charge, CEC). For this study, we have selected a group of MB crystal and carried out XRD analysis, polarized absorption spectra measurement (400 - 900 nm) and determination of optical properties (pleochroism, determination of twining and extinction angle) using polarizing microscope. Methylene blue crystals are exhibiting mostly needle like habitus with huge difference in width - length ratio. According to X-ray diffraction it is quite obvious that the y (b) axis is perpendicular to the crystal surface. The x (a) and z (c) axis lie in the crystal plane (010). Crystals exhibit prominent dichroism: from blue (E || elong.) to colorless. In accordance with current interpretation of MB spectra peaks at 647 and 570 nm can be assigned as dimer aggregation and peaks at 475 and 406 nm as higher level of aggregation. All of them exhibit pronounced polarization dependence. The group of peaks at lower energy (700 to 900 nm) do not show significant polarization dependence and they correspond to the J - aggregates. Peak at around 800 nm have been noticed as fluorescence active. In dependence with thickness of the crystals and vibration direction we have observed presence of polysynthetic twinning which can be compared with polysynthetic twinning of feldspar minerals. Final result of molecular polymerization is represented as crystal framework of methylene blue. Model of the MB molecular aggregation in the crystal structure could be used as a way for the interpretation of the thin layer structure and the molecular aggregation on the clay surface. References - Hang P.T. & Brindley G.W., (1970), Clays and Clay Minerals, 18, 203-212. - Bujdak J., Iyi N., Kaneko Y. and Sasai R., (2003), Clay Minerals (2003), 38, 561-572. - Li F. and Zare R.N., (2005), J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 3330-3333. - Marr III, H.E., Stewart, J.M. and Chiu, M.F., (1973), Acta Cryst. (1973), B29, 847. - Bujdak J., (2006), Applied Clay Science 34 (2006) 58 - 73

  15. Distribution of clay minerals in surface sediments of the western Gulf of Thailand: Sources and transport patterns

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    Shi, Xuefa; Liu, Shengfa; Fang, Xisheng; Qiao, Shuqing; Khokiattiwong, Somkiat; Kornkanitnan, Narumol

    2015-06-01

    A high density sampling program during two joint China-Thailand scientific cruises in 2011-2012 included collection of 152 gravity box cores in the Gulf of Thailand (GoT). Samples from the top 5 cm of each core were analyzed by X-ray diffraction for clay mineral content. Several systemic analytical approaches were applied to examine the distribution pattern and the constraint factors of clay minerals in the surface sediments of the western GoT. The clay minerals mainly comprise illite, kaolinite, chlorite and smectite, having the average weight percent distributions of 50%, 34%, 14% and 2%, respectively. Based on the spatial distribution characteristics and statistical results, the study area can be classified into three provinces. Province I contains high concentrations of smectite, and covers the northern GoT, sediments in this province are mainly from rivers discharging into the upper GoT, especially the Chao Phraya and Mae Klong Rivers. Sediments in Province II are characterized by higher values of illite, located in the central GoT, where fine sediments are contributed by the Mekong River and from the South China Sea. Province Ш, in the coastal regions of southwestern GoT close to Malaysia, exhibits a clay mineral assemblage with complex distribution patterns, and may contain terrestrial materials from the Mae Klong River as well as re-suspended sediments. Results of integrative analysis also demonstrate that the hydrodynamic environment in the study area, especially the seasonal various circumfluence and eddies, play an important role in the spatial distribution and dispersal of clay fraction in sediments.

  16. Mineral Abundance Estimates and Distribution Derived from Mars Dune Field #2938-497

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    Charles, H. R.; Titus, T. N.

    2015-05-01

    The goal of this analysis was to determine the presence or absence of feldspar and examine its distribution if present in dune field #2938-497. We deconvolved thermal emissivity data from TES to identify mineral abundances in the dune field.

  17. Clays, common

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    Virta, R.L.

    1998-01-01

    Part of a special section on the state of industrial minerals in 1997. The state of the common clay industry worldwide for 1997 is discussed. Sales of common clay in the U.S. increased from 26.2 Mt in 1996 to an estimated 26.5 Mt in 1997. The amount of common clay and shale used to produce structural clay products in 1997 was estimated at 13.8 Mt.

  18. Laboratory study on heterogeneous decomposition of methyl chloroform on various standard aluminosilica clay minerals as a potential tropospheric sink

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    Kutsuna, S.; Chen, L.; Ohno, K.; Negishi, N.; Takeuchi, K.; Ibusuki, T.; Tokuhashi, K.; Sekiya, A.

    2003-07-01

    Methyl chloroform (1,1,1-trichloroethane, CH3CCl3) was found to decompose heterogeneously on seven types of standard clay minerals (23 materials) in dry air at 313 K in the laboratory. All reactions proceeded through the elimination of HCl; CH3CCl3 was converted quantitatively to CH2=CCl2. The activities of the clay minerals were compared via their pseudo-first-order reaction rate constants (k1). A positive correlation was observed between the k1 value and the specific surface area (S) of clay minerals, where the S value was determined by means of the general Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) equation. The k1 value was anti-correlated with the value of n, which was a parameter of the general BET equation and related to the average pore size of the clay minerals, and correlated with the water content that can be removed easily from the clay minerals. The reaction required no special pretreatment of clay minerals, such as heating at high temperatures; hence, the reaction can be expected to occur in the environment. Photoillumination by wavelengths present in the troposphere did not accelerate the decomposition of CH3CCl3, but it induced heterogeneous photodecomposition of CH2=CCl2. The temperature dependence of k1, the adsorption equilibrium coefficient of CH3CCl3 and CH2=CCl2, and the surface reaction rate constant of CH3CCl3 were determined for an illite sample. The k1 value increased with increasing temperature. The amount of CH3CCl3 adsorbed on the illite during the reaction was proportional to the partial pressure of CH3CCl3. The reaction was sensitive to relative humidity and the k1 value decreased with increasing relative humidity. However, the reaction was found to proceed at a relative humidity of 22% at 313 K, although the k1 value was about one-twentieth of the value in non-humidified air. The conditions required for the reaction may be present in major desert regions of the world. A simple estimation indicates that the possible heterogeneous decomposition of CH3CCl3 on the ground surface in arid regions is worth taking into consideration when inferring the tropospheric lifetime of CH3CCl3 and global OH concentration from the global budget concentration of CH3CCl3.

  19. Numerical Simulation of Injectivity Effects of Mineral Scaling and Clay Swelling in a Fractured Geothermal Reservoir

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    Xu, Tianfu; Pruess, Karsten

    2004-05-10

    A major concern in the development of hot dry rock (HDR) and hot fractured rock (HFR) reservoirs is achieving and maintaining adequate injectivity, while avoiding the development of preferential short-circuiting flow paths such as those caused by thermally-induced stress cracking. Past analyses of HDR and HFR reservoirs have tended to focus primarily on the coupling between hydrology (flow), heat transfer, and rock mechanics. Recent studies suggest that rock-fluid interactions and associated mineral dissolution and precipitation effects could have a major impact on the long-term performance of HFR reservoirs. The present paper uses recent European studies as a starting point to explore chemically-induced effects of fluid circulation in HFR systems. We examine ways in which the chemical composition of reinjected waters can be modified to improve reservoir performance by maintaining or even enhancing injectivity. Chemical manipulations considered here include pH modification and dilution with fresh water. We performed coupled thermo-hydrologic-chemical simulations in which the fractured medium was represented by a one-dimensional MINC model (multiple interacting continua), using the non-isothermal multi-phase reactive geochemical transport code TOUGHREACT. Results indicate that modifying the injection water chemistry can enhance mineral dissolution and reduce clay swelling. Chemical interactions between rocks and fluids will change a HFR reservoir over time, with some changes favorable and others not. A detailed, quantitative understanding of processes and mechanisms can suggest chemical methods for reservoir management, which may be employed to improve the performance of the geothermal system.

  20. Chemical and Structural Changes in Aluminosilicate Clay Minerals Caused by Exposure to Acid and Implications for Ice Nucleation

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    Sihvonen, S.; Lyktey, N. A.; Freedman, M. A.

    2013-12-01

    Several recent studies have shown that sulfuric acid lowers the activity of clay minerals toward ice nucleation. In order to understand the origins of the reported decrease in ice nucleation activity, we have investigated the chemical and structural changes that occur to swelling and non-swelling clay minerals upon processing with sulfuric and nitric acid. Using X-ray diffraction (XRD), we have observed that kaolinite and montmorillonite reactions with sulfuric acid result in the formation of hydrated aluminum sulfate. In addition, the montmorillonite lattice changes during the reaction. Nitric acid has no effect on either type of mineral. Structural changes to the minerals were additionally visualized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These images suggest that sulfuric acid attacks the edges of kaolinite. We have also performed inductively coupled plasma - atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) to investigate the leaching of cations from these minerals. We will discuss the implications of our results for heterogeneous ice nucleation, and will show results from ice nucleation experiments with our processed minerals.

  1. Use of clay-mineral alteration patterns to define syntectonic permeability of joints (cleat) in Pennsylvania anthracite coal

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    Daniels, E. J.; Marshak, S.; Altaner, S. P.

    1996-10-01

    Joints (cleat) in Pennsylvania anthracite contain two distinct clay-mineral assemblages, both of which formed by alteration of preexisting kaolinite at peak metamorphic conditions during the Alleghanian orogeny. The first assemblage, NH 4-illite or pyrophyllite ± quartz, formed by reaction of kaolinite with methane-rich fluids derived from within the coal. The second assemblage, sudoite ± tosudite ± rectorite ± berthierine, formed by the reaction of kaolinite with ferromagnesian-bearing hydrothermal fluids which must have come from outside the coal. In an earlier paper, we suggested that the first assemblage indicated clay diagenesis in low-permeability environments, and that the second assemblage indicated clay diagenesis in high-permeability environments. If this premise is correct, then the distribution of clay-mineral alteration assemblages serves to define syntectonic permeability variations in coal cleat. The first assemblage dominates in the coal matrix itself, in isolated cleat, in cleat that parallel the regional trend of Alleghanian folds, and in the mirror portions of cleat oriented perpendicular to the fold trends, suggesting that these regions are low-permeability environments. The second assemblage dominates in the hackle fringe of interconnected cleat that trend perpendicular to the strike of the Appalachian orogen, suggesting that these regions are high-permeability environments. Our results emphasize that syntectonic cleat permeability is a function of cleat orientation, macroscopic cleat interconnectivity and orientation, as well as microscopic cleat-surface morphology.

  2. Mineral-produced high-pressure striae and clay polish: Key evidence for nonballistic transport of ejecta from Ries crater

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    Chao, E.C.T.

    1976-01-01

    Recently discovered mineral-produced, deeply incised striae and mirror-like polish on broken surfaces of limestone fragments from the sedimentary ejecta of the Ries impact crater of southern Germany are described. The striae and polish were produced under high confining pressures during high-velocity nonballistic transport of the ejecta mass within the time span of the cratering event (measured in terms of seconds). The striae on these fragments were produced by scouring by small mineral grains embedded in the surrounding clay matrix, and the polish was formed under the same condition, by movements of relatively fragment-free clay against the fragment surfaces. The occurrence of these striae and polish is key evidence for estimating the distribution and determining the relative importance of nonballistic and ballistic transport of ejecta from the shallow Ries stony meteorite impact crater.

  3. Broad-spectrum in vitro antibacterial activities of clay minerals against antibiotic-susceptible and antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens

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    HAYDEL, SHELLEY E.; REMENIH, CHRISTINE M.; WILLIAMS, LYNDA B.

    2008-01-01

    SYNOPSIS Objectives The capacity to properly address the worldwide incidence of infectious diseases lies in the ability to detect, prevent, and effectively treat these infections. Therefore, identifying and analyzing inhibitory agents are worthwhile endeavors in an era when few new classes of effective antimicrobials have been developed. The use of geological nanomaterials to heal skin infections has been evident since the earliest recorded history, and specific clay minerals may prove valuable in the treatment of bacterial diseases, including infections for which there are no effective antibiotics, such as Buruli ulcer and multi-drug resistant infections. Methods We have subjected two iron-rich clay minerals, which have previously been used to treat Buruli ulcer patients, to broth culture testing of antibiotic-susceptible and -resistant pathogenic bacteria to assess the feasibility of using clay minerals as therapeutic agents. Results One specific mineral, CsAg02, demonstrated bactericidal activity against pathogenic Escherichia coli, extended-spectrum ?-lactamase (ESBL) E. coli, S. enterica serovar Typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Mycobacterium marinum and a combined bacteriostatic/bactericidal effect against Staphylococcus aureus, penicillin-resistant S. aureus (PRSA), methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and Mycobacterium smegmatis, while another mineral with similar structure and bulk crystal chemistry, CsAr02, had no effect on or enhanced bacterial growth. The <0.2 ?m fraction of CsAg02 and CsAg02 heated to 200C or 550C retained bactericidal activity, while cation-exchanged CsAg02 and CsAg02 heated to 900C no longer killed E. coli. Conclusions Our results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections. PMID:18070832

  4. New information on the glacial history of the NW Barents Sea from clay minerals and radiocarbon dates

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    Hogan, Kelly; Dowdeswell, Julian; Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter; Ehrmann, Werner

    2014-05-01

    Here we present results from new analyses on marine sediment cores that recovered subglacial and postglacial units deposited in the NW Barents Sea during the LGM and the Holocene. We have performed a pilot study on clay-mineral assemblages in three cores collected in palaeo-ice stream troughs surrounding Nordaustlandet (Hinlopen, Erik Eriksen and Kvitøya troughs) to investigate the provenance and pathways of subglacial sediment transported by the Barents Sea Ice Sheet (BSIS) during the LGM and of Holocene marine sediments. In all of the cores there is a clear change in clay mineral composition between the subglacial diamicts and the postglacial muds, and the clay-mineral assemblage in the diamicts is distinctive in each core. This suggests that the clay mineral composition records different pathways of subglacially transported detritus around eastern Svalbard. We interpret these data in relation to local source rocks on the Svalbard archipelago and in the central Barents Sea in order to provide new information regarding the BSIS dynamics during the last glacial period, about which there is still considerable debate for the central-northern Barents Sea sector (cf. Landvik and Ingolfsson, 2013). In addition, new radiocarbon ages from sediment cores around Nordaustlandet suggest that grounded ice had retreated from the shelf break north of Nordaustlandet and in Kvitøya Trough east of Svalbard by 13.3-13.6 14C kyrs BP. This is in line with deglacial dates of 13-13.3 14C kyrs BP from the other major troughs on the northern Barents Sea margin (Saint Anna and Franz Victoria troughs). In Hinlopen Trough our deglacial date confirms that the Polar Front was in the vicinity of the core site on the continental shelf some 20 km landward of the shelf break by 11.0 14C kyrs BP.

  5. Redox properties of structural Fe in clay minerals. 1. Electrochemical quantification of electron-donating and -accepting capacities of smectites.

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    Gorski, Christopher A; Aeschbacher, Michael; Soltermann, Daniela; Voegelin, Andreas; Baeyens, Bart; Marques Fernandes, Maria; Hofstetter, Thomas B; Sander, Michael

    2012-09-01

    Clay minerals often contain redox-active structural iron that participates in electron transfer reactions with environmental pollutants, bacteria, and biological nutrients. Measuring the redox properties of structural Fe in clay minerals using electrochemical approaches, however, has proven to be difficult due to a lack of reactivity between clay minerals and electrodes. Here, we overcome this limitation by using one-electron-transfer mediating compounds to facilitate electron transfer between structural Fe in clay minerals and a vitreous carbon working electrode in an electrochemical cell. Using this approach, the electron-accepting and -donating capacities (Q(EAC) and Q(EDC)) were quantified at applied potentials (E(H)) of -0.60 V and +0.61 V (vs SHE), respectively, for four natural Fe-bearing smectites (i.e., SWa-1, SWy-2, NAu-1, and NAu-2) having different total Fe contents (Fe(total) = 2.3 to 21.2 wt % Fe) and varied initial Fe(2+)/Fe(total) states. For every SWa-1 and SWy-2 sample, all the structural Fe was redox-active over the tested E(H) range, demonstrating reliable quantification of Fe content and redox state. Yet for NAu-1 and NAu-2, a significant fraction of the structural Fe was redox-inactive, which was attributed to Fe-rich smectites requiring more extreme E(H)-values to achieve complete Fe reduction and/or oxidation. The Q(EAC) and Q(EDC) values provided here can be used as benchmarks in future studies examining the extent of reduction and oxidation of Fe-bearing smectites. PMID:22827605

  6. Geochemical studies of clay minerals III. The determination of free silica and free alumina in montmorillonites

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    Foster, M.D.

    1953-01-01

    Determination of free silica by the method proposed made possible the derivation of logical formulas for several specimens of montmorillonites for which the formulas could not be derived from the analyses alone. Other montmorillonites, for which logical formulas could be derived from their analyses, were found to contain small amounts of free silica or free alumina. Others were found to contain neither free silica nor free alumina. The method consists of the following steps: (1) digestion of 1 g of the specimen with 0.5 N NaOH solution in a covered platinum crucible or dish on a steam bath for 4 hrs, stirring the mixture at 30-min intervals, (2) filtration of the undissolved material, followed by washing several times with 1% NaOH solution, (3) neutralization of the filtrate with HCl, addition of 5 ml HCl in excess and determination of SiO and Al2O3 in the usual way and (4) calculation of the amount of free SiO2 or free Al2O3 if any and the amount of attack of the clay structure by the treatment from the ratio of SiO2 to Al2O3 dissolved and the ratio of SiO2 to Al2O3 obtained on analysis. Tests with 5% Na2CO3 solution, the reagent formerly used for the solution of free SiO2 in rocks and minerals, showed that solution of opal by this reagent is always fractional, never complete, no matter how small the amount present or how long the period of treatment. Re-treatment of the sample results in 90-95% solution if 10 mg or less of opal is present, but for larger amounts of opal the percentage dissolved decreases as the amount present increases. On the other hand, 75 ml of 0.5 N NaOH completely dissolves as much as 400 mg of opal in 4 hrs digestion in a covered platinum crucible or dish, on a steam bath. However, a weaker solution or a shorter period of digestion does not effect complete solution. The same amount (75 ml) of 0.5 N NaOH also dissolves 90 mg of cristobalite and 57 mg of quartz having a grain size of less than 2 microns. Use of NaOH also permits determination of the amount of alumina dissolved, and estimation of the extent to which the clay structure was attacked by the treatment. ?? 1953.

  7. Role of Clay Minerals in Long-Distance Transport of Landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Watkins, J.; Ehlmann, B. L.; Yin, A.

    2014-12-01

    Long-runout (> 50 km) subaerial landslides are rare on Earth, but are common features episodically shaping Mars' Valles Marineris (VM) trough system over the past 3.5 billion years. They display two end-member morphologies: a thick-skinned inner zone, characterized by fault-bounded, rotated blocks near their source region, and a thin-skinned, exceptionally long-runout outer zone, characterized by thin sheets spreading over 10s of km across the trough floor. Four decades of studies on the latter have resulted in two main competing hypotheses to explain their long-distance transport: (1) movement of landslides over layers of trapped air or soft materials containing ice or snow, enabling basal lubrication, and (2) fluidization of landslide materials with or without the presence of water and volatiles. To address this issue, we examine the mineralogic composition of landslides across VM using Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) near-infrared spectral data analysis coupled with detailed geologic mapping and morphometric analysis of satellite images. Our survey reveals a general correlation between transport distance, significant lateral spreading, and the presence of hydrated silicates among VM landslides. Given that smectite clay absorbs water into its layered crystal structure and can reduce the friction coefficient by a factor of three v. that of dry rocks, these results suggest that hydrated silicates played a decisive role in facilitating long-runout landslide transport in VM. We propose that, concurrent with downslope failure and sliding of broken trough-wall rock, frontal landslide masses overrode and entrained hydrated-silicate-bearing trough-floor deposits, lubricating the basal sliding zones and permitting the landslide outer zones to spread laterally while moving forward over the low-friction surface. The key participation of hydrated silicates in episodic, sustained landslide activity throughout the canyon implies that clay minerals, generated by water-rock interactions in the Noachian and Hesperian (4.1- 3.3 Ga), exert a long-lasting influence on geomorphic processes that shape the surface of the planet.

  8. Fractionation of Stable Si Isotopes During in-situ Dissolution of Feldspars and Formation of Secondary Clay Minerals

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    Georg, R. B.; Reynolds, B. C.; Halliday, A. N.; Zhu, C.

    2005-12-01

    It has been proposed that weathering of igneous silicate minerals may fractionate Si isotopes (Douthitt 1982, de la Rocha et al. 2000). This is supported by the observation that clays yield ?30Si compositions between +0.5 and -2.5 compared to the igneous range for ?30Si between +0.1 and -1 respectively (Douthitt 1982). The difference may relate to a discrimination against heavier Si isotopes during clay mineral formation. However, no study has yet shown a direct Si isotope fractionation between coexisting primary igneous and secondary clay mineral phases. We have measured the stable Si isotope fractionation during in-situ feldspar dissolution and formation of secondary clay minerals in the Navajo Sandstone, Black Mesa, Arizona. The Jurassic Navajo Sandstone is composed of about 94% quartz and 2-4% K-feldspar. The K-feldspar grains are covered with kaolinite, and both quartz and feldspars are covered with a mantle of smectite coating. Petrographic studies demonstrate that the clay minerals formed in situ as alteration products of feldspar, and the smectite is of a low-temperature variety (Zhu, 2005). Therefore, the Si isotope fractionation at low temperature (15-35C) can be evaluated - something that is difficult to replicate in the laboratory. For the Si isotope analyses we used 20-30 mg of 5 separated clay samples, and 0.36 mg of hand picked feldspars. The silicates were fused with an alkaline flux and dissolved in a weak HCl acid. The dissolved Si was then separated by ion-exchange chromatography. The relative Si isotope compositions were measured using a high-resolution MC-ICP-MS (The Nu1700 at ETH Zurich) and are reported in ? notation relative to the international Si standard NBS 28. The bulk rock and separated feldspar fraction have Si isotope compositions are -0.09 0.03 and -0.15 0.03 (2?SEM) ?30Si, respectively. The clay samples have ?30Si values of -0.24 0.05, -0.16 0.03, -0.30 0.03, -0.42 0.03 and -0.52 0.04 (2?SEM). These Si isotope analyses reveal that the majority of the clay separates are isotopically lighter by up to 0.4% compared to precursor feldspars. The results demonstrate for the first time that Si isotopes are indeed fractionated during the breakdown of feldspar minerals and the subsequent formation of isotopically lighter Si in clays. From mass-balance considerations, circulating fluids should have higher ?30Si values, however the analysis of groundwater samples show variations of ?30Si values between +0.43 and -1.43 representing the most negative dissolved Si isotope composition so far found. As groundwater constitutes 98% of the global fresh water (excluding ice), the global Si biogeochemical cycle must include groundwater as an important component that is often overlooked. References: De La Rocha, Brzezinski, and DeNiro (2000), A first look at the distribution of the stable isotopes of silicon in natural waters, GCA 64, 2467-2477; Douthitt (1982), The geochemistry of the stable isotopes of silicon, GCA 46, 1449 - 1458; Zhu (2005), In situ feldspar dissolution rates in an aquifer, GCA 69, 1435-1453.

  9. Laboratory study on heterogeneous decomposition of methyl chloroform on various standard aluminosilica clay minerals as a potential tropospheric sink

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    Kutsuna, S.; Chen, L.; Ohno, O.; Negishi, N.; Takeuchi, K.; Ibusuki, T.; Tokuhashi, K.; Sekiya, A.

    2003-04-01

    Methyl chloroform (1,1,1-trichloroethane, CH3CCl3) was found to decompose heterogeneously on seven types of standard clay minerals (23 materials) in dry air at 313 K in the laboratory. All reactions proceeded through the elimination of HCl; CH3CCl3 was converted quantitatively to CH2=CCl2. The activities of the clay minerals were compared via their pseudo-first-order reaction rate constants (k1). A positive correlation was observed between the k1 value and the specific surface area (S) of clay minerals, where the S value was determined by means of the general Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) equation. The k1 value was anti-correlated with the value of n, a parameter of the general BET equation, and correlated with the water content that can be removed easily from the clay minerals. The reaction required no special pretreatment of clay minerals, such as heating at high temperatures; hence, the reaction can be expected to occur in the environment. Photoillumination by wavelengths present in the troposphere did not accelerate the decomposition of CH3CCl3, but it induced heterogeneous photodecomposition of CH2=CCl2. The temperature dependence of k1, the adsorption constants of CH3CC3 and CH2=CCl2, and a surface reaction rate constant were determined for an illite sample. The k1 value increased with increasing temperature. The amount of CH3CCl3 adsorbed on the illite during the reaction was proportional to the partial pressure of CH3CCl3. The reaction was sensitive to relative humidity and the k1 value decreased with increasing relative humidity. However, the reaction was found to proceed at a relative humidity of 22% at 313 K, although the k1 value was about one-twentieth of the value in dry air. The conditions required for the reaction may be present in major desert regions of the world. A simple estimation indicates that the possible heterogeneous decomposition of CH3CC3 on the ground surface in arid regions is worth taking into consideration when inferring the tropospheric lifetime of CH3CC3 and global OH concentration from the global budget concentration of CH3CCl3.

  10. Intercalation of TCE by Sediment-Associated Clay Minerals and Implications for Low-Concentration Elution Tailing and Back Diffusion

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    Matthieu, D. E.; Brusseau, M. L.; Bowden, M. E.; Johnson, G. R.; Artiola, J. F.; Curry, J. E.

    2011-12-01

    Pump-and-treat systems are widely used to remediate hazardous waste sites wherein groundwater is contaminated by compounds such as TCE (trichloroethene). It is well known that removal of contaminant mass by pump and treat becomes less effective over time, with a persistent mass discharge causing greatly extended operational periods. One mechanism potentially responsible for this persistent mass discharge is "back diffusion", wherein dissolved contaminant stored in lower-permeability layers diffuses into the higher-permeability zones that are more readily swept via pump and treat. Because the lower-permeability layers typically contain high fractions of clay minerals, a question of great interest is whether contaminant-clay interactions may influence the back-diffusion process. For example, intercalation of TCE into the interlayer spaces of clay minerals could potentially exacerbate diffusive mass-transfer limitations. The primary objectives of this research were to evaluate the long-term elution of TCE from aquifer sediments, and to examine the potential for TCE intercalation. Sediment samples were collected from a TCE-contaminated field site in Tucson, AZ. A widely used Na- Montmorillonite specimen clay was used as a control. Miscible-displacement experiments were conducted to characterize TCE elution behavior. X-ray diffraction, conducted with a controlled environment chamber, was used to characterize smectite interlayer d-spacing for three treatments (bulk dry sample, sample mixed with synthetic groundwater, sample mixed with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater). Extensive elution tailing was observed for the column experiments. Results of the XRD analysis indicate a greater d-spacing for the samples treated with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater for all field samples as well as the specimen clay.

  11. On-Going Laboratory Efforts to Quantitatively Address Clay Abundance on Mars

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    Roush, Ted L.; Bishop, Janice L.; Brown, Adrian J.; Blake, David F.; Bristow, Thomas F.

    2012-01-01

    Data obtained at visible and near-infrared wavelengths by OMEGA on MarsExpress and CRISM on MRO provide definitive evidence for the presence of phyllosilicates and other hydrated phases on Mars. A diverse range of both Fe/Mg-OH and Al-OH-bearing phyllosilicates were identified including the smectites, nontronite, saponite, and montmorillonite. In order to constrain the abundances of these phyllosilicates spectral analyses of mixtures are needed. We report on our on-going effort to enable the quantitative evaluation of the abundance of hydrated-hydroxylated silicates when they are contained in mixtures. We include two component mixtures of hydrated/hydroxylated silicates with each other and with two analogs for other martian materials; pyroxene (enstatite) and palagonitic soil (an alteration product of basaltic glass). For the hydrated-hydroxylated silicates we include saponite and montmorillonite (Mg- and Al- rich smectites). We prepared three size separates of each end-member for study: 20-45, 63-90, and 125-150 µm. As the second phase of our effort we used scanning electron microscopy imaging and x-ray diffraction to characterize the grain size distribution, and structural nature, respectively, of the mixtures. Visible and near-infrared reflectance spectra of the 63-90 micrometers grain size of the mixture samples are shown in Figure 1. We discuss the results of our measurements of these mixtures.

  12. Interaction of water with clay minerals as studied by 2H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Weiss, Charles A.; Gerasimowicz, Walter V.

    1996-01-01

    The interaction of water with a series of Ca 2+/Na + , Ca 2+/NH 4+, and NH 4+/Na +-exchanged hectorite and saponite clays in water- and clay-dominated systems was studied using 2H NMR. Variabletemperature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) (in the range of 189-299 K) was also used to determine the frequency of exchange and the rotation activation energy between water molecules hydrating the cations and the free water of the tactoid. The 2H quadrupolar splitting and spin-lattice relaxation time ( T1) are related to the ratio of clay to adsorbed water in these systems. In water-dominated systems (where clay/water ratio ? 1), motional averaging occurs between water hydrating the cations and the "free" or bulk water of the tactoid. In these systems, the spin-lattice relaxation time ( T1) is dominated by the relaxation of the "free" water on the external surface of the tactoids and has a value close to that for D 2O (0.436 s), with the rotational correlation time ( ?c) approaching 2.93 10 -12 s. A more recent article places ?c at 1.95 10 -12 s. The clay systems in this study have clay/ water ratios (=0.0238 g-clay/mL-D 2O), and the quadrupolar splittings are of the order of 100 Hz or less. Splittings of <100 Hz indicate that approximately 1 water molecule is bound to the clay for every 1.7 10 3 "free" water molecules. In clay-dominated systems with extremely low water contents (clay/water ratio > 1 g-clay/mL-D 2O), less motional averaging occurs. Rotational correlation times are slower and greater residual quadrupolar splittings are also observed. Increased residual quadrupolar splittings are observed with increasing clay/ water ratios. For a Na-exchanged hectorite sample (5.31 g-clay/mL-D 2O), the quadrupolar splittings are of the order of 12 kHz, and for a Na-exchanged saponite (4.05 g-clay/mL-D 2O), the quadrupolar splittings are of the order of 11 kHz. Rotational activation energies (E a) of 37.8 kJ-mole -1 (9.0 kcal mole -1) for adsorbed water molecules on Na-exchanged hectorite and 27.2 kJ mole -1 (6.5 kcal mole" -1) for Na-exchanged saponite were calculated from spin-lattice relaxation ( T1) measurements. These values compare with calculated activation energies of rotation (8.5 kcal mole -1) for water of hydration adsorbed to a Na-exchanged vermiculite.

  13. Mineralogy. Discovery of bridgmanite, the most abundant mineral in Earth, in a shocked meteorite.

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    Tschauner, Oliver; Ma, Chi; Beckett, John R; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B; Rossman, George R

    2014-11-28

    Meteorites exposed to high pressures and temperatures during impact-induced shock often contain minerals whose occurrence and stability normally confine them to the deeper portions of Earth's mantle. One exception has been MgSiO3 in the perovskite structure, which is the most abundant solid phase in Earth. Here we report the discovery of this important phase as a mineral in the Tenham L6 chondrite and approved by the International Mineralogical Association (specimen IMA 2014-017). MgSiO3-perovskite is now called bridgmanite. The associated phase assemblage constrains peak shock conditions to ~ 24 gigapascals and 2300 kelvin. The discovery concludes a half century of efforts to find, identify, and characterize a natural specimen of this important mineral. PMID:25430766

  14. Oxygen isotope fractionation effects in soil water via interaction with cations (Mg, Ca, K, Na) adsorbed to phyllosilicate clay minerals

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    Oerter, Erik; Finstad, Kari; Schaefer, Justin; Goldsmith, Gregory R.; Dawson, Todd; Amundson, Ronald

    2014-07-01

    In isotope-enabled hydrology, soil and vadose zone sediments have been generally considered to be isotopically inert with respect to the water they host. This is inconsistent with knowledge that clay particles possessing an electronegative surface charge and resulting cation exchange capacity (CEC) interact with a wide range of solutes which, in the absence of clays, have been shown to exhibit ?18O isotope effects that vary in relation to the ionic strength of the solutions. To investigate the isotope effects caused by high CEC clays in mineral-water systems, we created a series of monominerallic-water mixtures at gravimetric water contents ranging from 5% to 32%, consisting of pure deionized water of known isotopic composition with homoionic (Mg, Ca, Na, K) montmorillonite. Similar mixtures were also created with quartz to determine the isotope effect of non-, or very minimally-, charged mineral surfaces. The ?18O value of the water in these monominerallic soil analogs was then measured by isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) after direct headspace CO2 equilibration. Mg- and Ca-exchanged homoionic montmorillonite depleted measured ?18O values up to 1.55 relative to pure water at 5% water content, declining to 0.49 depletion at 30% water content. K-montmorillonite enriched measured ?18O values up to 0.86 at 5% water content, declining to 0.11 enrichment at 30% water. Na-montmorillonite produces no measureable isotope effect. The isotope effects observed in these experiments may be present in natural, high-clay soils and sediments. These findings have relevance to the interpretation of results of direct CO2-water equilibration approaches to the measurement of the ?18O value of soil water. The adsorbed cation isotope effect may bear consideration in studies of pedogenic carbonate, plant-soil water use and soil-atmosphere interaction. Finally, the observed isotope effects may prove useful as molecular scale probes of the nature of mineral-water interactions.

  15. Carbonation of Clay Minerals Exposed to scCO2/Water at 200 degrees and 250 degrees C

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    Sugama, T.; Ecker, L.; Gill, S.; Butcher, T.; Bour, D.

    2010-11-01

    To clarify the mechanisms of carbonation of clay minerals, such as bentonite, kaolinite, and soft clay, we exposed them to supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2)/water at temperatures of 200 and 250 C and pressures of 1500 and 2000 psi for 72- and 107-hours. Bentonite, comprising three crystalline phases, montmorillonite (MMT), anorthoclase-type albite, and quartz was susceptible to reactions with ionic carbonic acid yielded by the interactions between scCO2 and water, particularly MMT and anorthoclase-type albite phases. For MMT, the cation-exchangeable ions, such as Na+ and Ca2+, present in its basal interplanar space, were replaced by proton, H+, from ionic carbonic acid; thereafter, the cations leaching from MMT directly reacted with CO32- as a counter ion of H+ to form carbonate compounds. Such in-situ carbonation process in basal space caused the shrinkage and breakage of the spacing structure within MMT. In contrast, the wet carbonation of anorthoclase-type albite, categorized as rock minerals, entailed the formation of three amorphous by-products, such as carbonates, kaolinite-like compounds, and silicon dioxide. Together, these two different carbonations caused the disintegration and corruption of bentonite. Kaolinite clay containing the amorphous carbonates and silicon dioxide was inert to wet carbonation. We noted only a gain in weight due to its water uptake, suggesting that kaolinite-like by-products generated by the wet carbonation of rock minerals might remain unchanged even during extended exposure. Soft clay consisting of two crystalline phases, dolomite and silicon dioxide, also was unaltered by wet carbonation, despite the uptake of water.

  16. The effect of clay minerals, pH, calcium and temperature on the adsorption of phosphonate scale inhibitor onto reservoir core and mineral separates

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    Jordan, M.M.; Sorbie, K.S.; Jiang, P.; Yuan, M.D.; Todd, A.C.; Thiery, L.

    1994-12-31

    During a scale inhibitor squeeze treatment, the dynamics of the inhibitor return is governed by the inhibitor/rock interaction. In the case of adsorption/desorption inhibitor treatments, this interaction is described through the inhibitor/rock adsorption isotherm. The rock mineralogy plays an important role in determining the nature of the adsorption isotherm and clays in particular are known to strongly affect the adsorption process. However, no previous work has (a) presented a systematic study of the effects of various clays on inhibitor adsorption and (b) clearly demonstrated the significance of this behavior for the squeeze process. It is the central objective of the work in this paper to carry out these tasks. In this paper, an extensive series of results from static bulk adsorption tests using pure mineral separates (quartz, kaolinite, chlorite and muscovite) as adsorbent and using phosphonate (DETPMP) as model inhibitor is presented. From these results, the order of importance of factors governing the phosphonate inhibitor level onto clays appears to be Temperature > pH > [Ca{sup 2+}]. To support the findings from the bulk adsorption tests, results from reservoir condition core floods are presented for reservoir rock from a North Sea field which contains significant quantities of clay (principally kaolinite). The field significance of these results for the inhibitor squeeze performance is demonstrated by using the field and outcrop isotherms in some model squeeze return calculations.

  17. A recommended procedure for the preparation of oriented clay-mineral specimens for X-ray diffraction analysis; modifications to Drever's filter-membrane peel technique

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    Pollastro, R.M.

    1982-01-01

    Extremely well-oriented clay mineral mounts for X-ray diffraction analysis can be prepared quickly and without introducing segregation using the filter-membrane peel technique. Mounting problems encountered with smectite-rich samples can be resolved by using minimal sample and partial air-drying of the clay film before transfer to a glass slide. Samples containing small quantities of clay can produce useful oriented specimens if Teflon masks having more restrictive areas are inserted above the membrane filter during clay deposition. War]page and thermal shock of glass slides can be controlled by using a flat, porous, ceramic plate as a holding surface during heat treatments.

  18. Swelling properties of montmorillonite and beidellite clay minerals from molecular simulation: Comparison of temperature interlayer cation, and charge location effects

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    Teich-McGoldrick, Stephanie L.; Greathouse, Jeffery A.; Jove-Colon, Carlos F.; Cygan, Randall Timothy

    2015-08-27

    In this study, the swelling properties of smectite clay minerals are relevant to many engineering applications including environmental remediation, repository design for nuclear waste disposal, borehole stability in drilling operations, and additives for numerous industrial processes and commercial products. We used molecular dynamics and grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to study the effects of layer charge location, interlayer cation, and temperature on intracrystalline swelling of montmorillonite and beidellite clay minerals. For a beidellite model with layer charge exclusively in the tetrahedral sheet, strong ion–surface interactions shift the onset of the two-layer hydrate to higher water contents. In contrast, for amore » montmorillonite model with layer charge exclusively in the octahedral sheet, weaker ion–surface interactions result in the formation of fully hydrated ions (two-layer hydrate) at much lower water contents. Clay hydration enthalpies and interlayer atomic density profiles are consistent with the swelling results. Water adsorption isotherms from grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations are used to relate interlayer hydration states to relative humidity, in good agreement with experimental findings.« less

  19. Swelling properties of montmorillonite and beidellite clay minerals from molecular simulation: Comparison of temperature interlayer cation, and charge location effects

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    Teich-McGoldrick, Stephanie L.; Greathouse, Jeffery A.; Jove-Colon, Carlos F.; Cygan, Randall Timothy

    2015-08-27

    In this study, the swelling properties of smectite clay minerals are relevant to many engineering applications including environmental remediation, repository design for nuclear waste disposal, borehole stability in drilling operations, and additives for numerous industrial processes and commercial products. We used molecular dynamics and grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to study the effects of layer charge location, interlayer cation, and temperature on intracrystalline swelling of montmorillonite and beidellite clay minerals. For a beidellite model with layer charge exclusively in the tetrahedral sheet, strong ion–surface interactions shift the onset of the two-layer hydrate to higher water contents. In contrast, for a montmorillonite model with layer charge exclusively in the octahedral sheet, weaker ion–surface interactions result in the formation of fully hydrated ions (two-layer hydrate) at much lower water contents. Clay hydration enthalpies and interlayer atomic density profiles are consistent with the swelling results. Water adsorption isotherms from grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations are used to relate interlayer hydration states to relative humidity, in good agreement with experimental findings.

  20. [Mineralogy and genesis of mixed-layer clay minerals in the Jiujiang net-like red soil].

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    Yin, Ke; Hong, Han-Lie; Li, Rong-Biao; Han, Wen; Wu, Yu; Gao, Wen-Peng; Jia, Jin-Sheng

    2012-10-01

    Mineralogy and genesis were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) to understand the mineralogy and its genesis significance of mixed-layer clay minerals in Jiujiang red soil section. XRD and FTIR results show that the net-like red soil sediments are composed of illite, kaolinite, minor smectite and mixed-layer illite-smectite and minor mixed-layer kaolinite-smectite. HRTEM observation indicates that some smectite layers have transformed into kaolinite layers in net-like red soil. Mixed-layer illite-smectite is a transition phase of illite transforming into smectite, and mixed-layer kaolinite-smectite is a transitional product relative to kaolinite and smectite. The occurrence of two mixed-layer clay species suggests that the weathering sequence of clay minerals in net-like red soil traversed from illite to mixed-layer illite-smectite to smectite to mixed-layer kaolinite-smectite to kaolinite, which indicates that net-like red soil formed under a warm and humid climate with strengthening of weathering. PMID:23285883

  1. Detection of Soluble and Fixed NH4+ in Clay Minerals by DTA and IR Reflectance Spectroscopy : A Potential Tool for Planetary Surface Exploration

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    Janice, Bishop; Banin, A.; Mancinelli, R. L.; Klovstad, M. R.; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Nitrogen is an essential element for life. It is the only element among the six major biogenic elements, C, O, S, O, P, H, whose presence in the Martian soil has not been positively and directly established. We describe here a study assessing the ability to detect NH4 in soils by two methods: differential thermal analysis (DTA) and infrared (IR) reflectance spectroscopy. Four standard clay minerals (kaolinite, montmorillonite, illite and attapulgite) and an altered tephra sample from Mauna Kea were treated with NH4 in this study. Samples of the NH4-treated and leached clays were analyzed by DTA and infrared (IR) reflectance spectroscopy to quantify the delectability of soluble and sorbed/fixed NH4. An exotherm at 270-280 C was clearly detected in the DTA curves of NH4-treated (non-leached) samples. This feature is assigned to the thermal decomposition reaction of NH4. Spectral bands observed at 1.56, 2.05, 2.12, 3.06, 3.3, 3.5, 5.7 and 7.0 microns in the reflectance spectra of NH4-treated and leached samples are assigned to the sorbed/fixed ammonium in the clays. The montmorillonite has shown the most intense absorbance due to fixed ammonium among the leached samples in this study, as a result of its high cation sorption capacity. It is concluded that the presence of sorbed or fixed NH4 in clays may be detected by infrared (IR) reflectance or emission spectroscopy. Distinction between soluble and sorbed NH4 may be achieved through the presence or absence of several spectral features assigned to the sorbed NH4 moietyi and, specifically, by use of the 4.2 micrometer feature assigned to solution NH4. Thermal analyses furnish supporting evidence of ammonia in our study through detection of N released at temperatures of 270-330 C. Based on these results it is estimated that IR spectra measured from a rover should be able to detect ammonia if present above 20 mg NH4/g sample in the surface layers. Orbital IR spectra and thermal analyses measured on a rover may be able to detect ammonia in soils as well but at higher abundances. The spectral features at 3.06 and 7.0 microns due to bound NH4 in clays and altered Hawaiian tephra appear to be the most promising for detection by orbital spectrometers. If N species are present on Mars the sedimentary deposits may be the best regions to look for them.

  2. Ismenius Cavus: Ancient Lake Deposits and Clay Minerals Surrounded by Amazonian Glaciers

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    Mangold, N.; Dehouck, E.; Poulet, F.; Ansan, V.; Le Moulic, S.

    2015-10-01

    Landing site at the bottom of a 600 m deep paleolake nearby thick clay-rich sediments at lake bottom and deltaic deposits. Strong exobiological interest including ice-rich glacial landforms as water resource in same location.

  3. Calcium-ammonium exchange experiments on clay minerals using a (45)Ca tracer technique in marine pore water.

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    Ockert, Charlotte; Wehrmann, Laura M; Kaufhold, Stephan; Ferdelman, Tim G; Teichert, Barbara M A; Gussone, Nikolaus

    2014-01-01

    Understanding cation exchange processes is important for evaluating early diagenetic and synsedimentary processes taking place in marine sediments. To quantify calcium (Ca) exchange and Ca-ammonium exchange in a seawater environment, we performed experiments with a radioactive (45)Ca tracer on clay mineral standards (Fithian illite, montmorillonite and kaolinite) and marine sediments from the North Atlantic Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site U1306A in artificial seawater (ASW). The results show that equilibrium during the initial attachment of Ca as well as the exchange of Ca by [Formula: see text] is attained in less than 2 min. On average 8-20% of the exchangeable sites of the clay minerals were occupied by Ca in a seawater medium. The conditional selectivity coefficient, describing the [Formula: see text] exchange in ASW is mineral specific and it was determined to be 0.07 for montmorillonite, 0.05 for a natural marine sediment and 0.013 for Fithian illite. PMID:24437731

  4. [X-ray powder diffraction of clay minerals of SZK01 core of Zabuye Lake, Tibetan Plateau].

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    Zhang, Xue-Fei; Zheng, Mian-Ping

    2014-11-01

    The present article chooses the core from the borehole SZK01 in Zabuye Lake as the main research object. According to the results of X-ray powder diffraction of clay minerals, the major components are illite, illite and smectite mixed layer mineral (I/S), kaolinite and chlorite. According to the different species and contents of clay, integration of the characteristics of mineral and the results of ?18O, we reestablished the evolution process of paleoclimate in Zabuye Lake. In compaison with SZK02 core in Zabuye, Greenland GISP2 and GRIP and Guliya ice core, it contains 5 stages since 115 ka in Zabuye: the last interglacial (15-75.5 ka), the earlier last glacial (75.5-60 ka), the interstage of the last glacial (60-30.1 ka), the last glacial maximum (30.1-16.7 ka) and deglacial-holocene (since 16.7 ka). We also recognized 6 Heinrich events (H1-H6) and warm event in 71 ka. In particular, the content of kaolinite is low, with the negative-skewed value of ?18O in 52-53 ka, while the value of ?18O in SZK02 and Guliya ice core is negative-skewed too, indicating the cold event in Tibet plateau, named H5-1. All the above demonstrated that the climate in Tibet plateau is global since the earlier last glacial, and it also has regional characteristics. PMID:25752070

  5. Diagenesis of clay mineral assemblages in the Shikoku Basin: Inputs to the Nankai Trough megathrust and seismogenic zone

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    Underwood, M.; Guo, J.; Song, C.

    2012-12-01

    One of the essential components of the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) is to document the composition and diagenetic alteration of sedimentary inputs to the subduction zone of SW Japan. Two sites were drilled seaward of the trench during IODP Expeditions 322 and 333 to demonstrate how those subduction inputs have been influenced by the basement topography of Shikoku Basin. Site C0011 was drilled on the NW flank of Kashinosaki Knoll, and Site C0012 is located near the seamount's summit. The lithostratigraphy expands and condenses from site to site, but the clay mineral assemblages are nearly identical when comparisons are made among coeval units. The early history of sedimentation (middle to late Miocene) was dominated by expandable clay minerals of the smectite group. Contents of smectite in strata older than 5.3 Ma typically exceed 65% of the clay-size fraction, and there are dozens of bentonite layers (altered volcanic ash) interbedded with the hemipelagic mudstones and turbidites. Those percentages amount to >45 wt-% smectite in the bulk mudstone. Volcanic sources for the Miocene clay probably included the ancestral Izu-Bonin island arc, the Izu-Honshu collision zone, and anomalous near-trench magma bodies in the Outer Zone of Honshu and Shikoku Island. As sedimentation progressed into the Pliocene and Pleistocene, mud supplies to the Shikoku Basin shifted increasingly to detrital illite and chlorite eroded from the uplifted accretionary complex (Outer Zone). At Site C0011, the younger hemipelagic-pyroclastic facies (upper Shikoku Basin) contains an average of 43% smectite, 36% illite, and 18% kaolinite + chlorite in the clay-size fraction. At Site C0012, comparable values are S = 51%, I = 32%, and K+C = 14%. XRD results show no evidence of smectite-to-illite diagenesis seaward of the trench, although it is important to note that Site C0011 was abandoned before reaching basaltic basement. We can predict the extent of smectite-to-illite diagenesis using simple kinetic models that account for differences in heat flow from the flank to the summit of Kashinosaki Knoll and rapid burial of Shikoku Basin facies beneath the Quaternary trench wedge. Our modeling results support the notion that illitization does not progress to detectable levels (>20% I in mixed-layer clay) until after the Shikoku Basin deposits are subducted beneath the frontal megathrust. That absence of pre-subduction diagenesis is important to consider when assessing the potential for fluid production and fluid overpressures deeper down-dip along the megathrust, as well as for identifying the potential sources for freshening of interstitial fluids.

  6. Clay Mineral Assemblages from Nankai Trough and Kumano Basin, IODP Expeditions 315 and 316, NanTroSEIZE Stage 1

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    Guo, J.; Underwood, M.; Hillix, D.; Wu, H.; Banno, H.; Shriniwar, U.

    2009-12-01

    As part of the NanTroSEIZE Project (IODP Expeditions 315 and 316), the clay mineral assemblages from 689 samples of hemipelagic mud were characterized by X-ray diffraction. We used oriented aggregates of clay-size fractions to estimate the relative percentages of smectite, illite, chlorite, kaolinite, and quartz. The saddle/peak method was used to show the bulk character of illite/smectite mixed layers. Among all of the clay constituents, smectite content displays the most significant variations across the NanTroSEIZE transect, ranging from 6 to 66%. Compositional changes in the slope apron, accretionary prism, and forearc basin occur largely in response to differences in depositional age. As documented elsewhere on the Nankai margin, the detrital clays shifted gradually from a smectite-rich assemblage during the Miocene to more illite-chlorite rich assemblages during the Pliocene-Pleistocene. In the Kumano forearc basin (Site C0002) and nearby Site C0001, smectite increases abruptly across the basal unconformity into the top of the accretionary prism, from averages of 20% to 40%. At Site C0004 (megasplay fault), a fault-bounded package and underthrust slope apron facies in the footwall have the same smectite content (35% average) as older prism strata in the hanging wall of the megasplay. Higher in the hanging wall, a mass-transport complex and uppermost accretionary prism both show lower smectite contents (20% in average), similar to coeval strata in the hanging wall of the frontal thrust (Sites C0006 and C0007). There is no evidence to indicate that any of the shallow faults change stratigraphic position or geometry in response to sediment composition. The expandability of the smectite ranges from 51% to 77% (mean = 65%), with no systematic depth-dependent trends. Therefore, most of the expandable clay is probably detrital in origin with small amounts of inherited interlayered illite. Expandability in the frontal prism decreases across the boundary between accreted trench-wedge and upper Shikoku Basin facies (USB), perhaps in reaction to incipient clay diagenesis. The absence of appreciable shallow-level I/S diagenesis carries important implications for clay dehydration, fluid production, and fluid pressure at greater depths, particularly near the up-dip limit of the seismogenic zone.

  7. [Influence of clay minerals on the oxidative activity of the caprolactam destructors Bacillus subtilis 6 and 21].

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    Rotmistrov, M N; Stavskaya, S S; Garbara, S V; Cvozdyak, P I

    1975-01-01

    By the Warburg manometric method the respiratory activity of the caprolactam destructors--Bacillus subtilis strains 6 and 21 was measured. The bacteria grown on the synthetic nutrient medium with caprolactam as the sole source of carbon and nitrogen oxidized that substrate more intensively than the cells grown on meat-peptone agar. The activity of caprolactam oxidation by the cultures showed strain differences. Clay minerals--montmorillonit, palygorskit, bentonit and vermiculit--stimulated the glucose and caprolactam oxidation by the above bacteria. The highest stimulating effect was produced by montmorillonit. PMID:813198

  8. An improved radiative transfer model for estimating mineral abundance of immature and mature lunar soils

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    Liu, Dawei; Li, Lin; Sun, Ying

    2015-06-01

    An improved Hapke's radiative transfer model (RTM) is presented to estimate mineral abundance for both immature and mature lunar soils from the Lunar Soil Characterization Consortium (LSCC) dataset. Fundamental to this improved Hapke's model is the application of an alternative equation to describe the effects of larger size submicroscopic metallic iron (SMFe) (>50 nm) in the interior of agglutinitic glass that mainly darken the host material, contrasting to the darkening and reddening effects of smaller size SMFe (<50 nm) residing in the rims of mineral grains. Results from applying a nonlinear inversion procedure to the improved Hapke's RTM show that the average mass fraction of smaller and larger size SMFe in lunar soils was estimated to be 0.30% and 0.31% respectively, and the particle size distribution of soil samples is all within their measured range. Based on the derived mass fraction of SMFe and particle size of the soil samples, abundances of end-member components composing lunar soil samples were derived via minimizing the difference between measured and calculated spectra. The root mean square error (RMSE) between the fitted and measured spectra is lower than 0.01 for highland samples and 0.005 for mare samples. This improved Hapke's model accurately estimates abundances of agglutinitic glass (R-squared = 0.88), pyroxene (R-squared = 0.69) and plagioclase (R-squared = 0.95) for all 57 samples used in this study including both immature and mature lunar soils. However, the improved Hapke's RTM shows poor performance for quantifying abundances of olivine, ilmenite and volcanic glass. Improving the model performance for estimation of these three end-member components is the central focus for our future work.

  9. Crystal growth of a layered silicate clay mineral as revealed by atomic force microscopy

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    Carrado, K.A.; Song, Kang; Zajac, G.W.

    1997-12-31

    Non-contact atomic force microscopy, commonly referred to as {open_quotes}tapping mode{close_quotes} AFM, has been used to scan primarily the morphological features of growing hectorite clay crystallites synthesized in the presence of organo-ammonium cations. The use of such cations allows larger crystals to form in this system, making study by AFM feasible. This is the first time that actual temporal {open_quotes}snapshots{close_quotes} of a clay`s nucleation and crystallization processes have been presented. The observed view does not support the perhaps predicted scene of small crystallites slowly ripening into larger and larger plates. Instead, larger and larger aggregates appear to coalesce from a larger number of small crystallites that are closely associated in globular networks similar in appearance to {open_quotes}strings of pearls{close_quotes} at the initial stages of crystallization.

  10. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2000-01-01

    Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. The state of the ball clay industry in 1999 is presented. Record highs in the sales and use of ball clay were attained in 1999 due to the continued strength of the U.S. economy. U.S. production was estimated at 1.25 million st for the year, with more than half of that amount mined in Tennessee. Details of the consumption, price, imports, and exports of ball clay in 1999 and the outlook for ball clay over the next few years are provided.

  11. New aluminium-rich alkali slag matrix with clay minerals for immobilizing simulated radioactive Sr and Cs waste

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    Qian, Guangren; Sun, Darren Delai; Tay, Joo Hwa

    2001-12-01

    A new aluminium-rich alkali-activated slag matrix (M-AAS) with clay absorbents has been developed for immobilization of simulated radioactive Sr or Cs waste by introducing metakaolin, natural zeolite and NaOH-treated attapulgite clay minerals into alkali-activated slag matrix (AAS). The results revealed that the additions of metakaolin and clay absorbents into the cementitious matrixes would greatly enhance the distribution ratio, Rd, of selective adsorption whether the matrix was OPC matrix or AAS matrix. The new immobilizing matrix M-AAS not only exhibited the strongest selective adsorption for both Sr and Cs ions, but also was characterized by lower porosity and small pore diameter so that it exhibited the lowest leaching rate. Hydration product analyses also demonstrated that (Na+Al)-substituted C-S-H(I) and self-generated zeolite were major hydration products in the M-AAS matrix, which provided this new immobilizing matrix with better selective adsorption on Sr and Cs and lower leaching rate.

  12. Cation diffusion in the interlayer space of swelling clay minerals - A combined macroscopic and microscopic study

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    Tertre, Emmanuel; Delville, Alfred; Prt, Dimitri; Hubert, Fabien; Ferrage, Eric

    2015-01-01

    This study investigates the diffusion process of calcium cations confined in the interlayer space of 5 mm disks of vermiculite swelling clay minerals during the Na-for-Ca exchange process. Diffusion experiments were performed at four NaCl salinities (3 10-3, 5 10-2, 0.1 and 1 M) of the exchanger solution. A macroscopic analysis of the diffusion process based on the aqueous calcium concentrations released in the solution and on Ca-profiles obtained in the solid was performed using a pore diffusion model that has been classically used in the literature. The results obtained at the macroscopic scale showed that the apparent diffusion coefficients describing both aqueous and profiles data for Ca depend on the diffusion time and salinity of the aqueous reservoir. Such variations suggested that interlayer diffusion was driven by (1) the gradient of the sorbed species in the interlayer, which depends on the diffusion time due to the ion exchange equilibrium; and (2) the discontinuity, due to Donnan equilibrium, existing at the limit between the internal disk border and the external disk border in contact with the aqueous reservoir. Then, a set of molecular and Brownian dynamics simulations was used to (1) assess such interpretations and (2) quantitatively predict aqueous and profile data obtained at the macroscopic scale. For an aqueous reservoir with high salinity (1 M NaCl), a good agreement was obtained between the macroscopic data and the predictions obtained from Brownian dynamics simulations, confirming the role played by the gradient of the interlayer species that is suggested at the macroscopic scale and which is at the basis of the surface diffusion models published in literature. In addition, for aqueous reservoirs with lower salinity (5 10-2 M), the results obtained by Brownian dynamics simulations and normalized to the exchange rate measured at infinite time showed that the diffusion properties of the species in the aqueous reservoir cannot be neglected to correctly interpret macroscopic data. This behavior confirms the role played by the ionic flux that exists at the disk border, which can limit the global diffusion process in a low salinity reservoir, even if it is well stirred. Moreover, by assuming a tortuosity equal to 1 for monocrystals, the self-diffusion coefficient issued from molecular dynamics simulations is in good agreement with the apparent diffusion coefficient describing macroscopic data when the gradient of sorbed concentrations within the solid is null; this latter condition is obtained in our case at infinite time (20 days) when the initial Ca-saturated disks are fully exchanged with Na cations. Finally, the use of monocrystals allows us to have only interlayer porosity and then to obtain a self-diffusion coefficient for Ca from Molecular Dynamic simulations, which is in good agreement with Ca-surface mobility, which was defined by some authors to predict the surface diffusion process at the macroscopic scale.

  13. CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN CLAY MINERAL FRACTIONS FROM 14C-LABELED PLANT RESIDUES

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    An understanding of organic C dynamics in soils is necessary to develop management options to enhance soil organic C sequestration. The objective of this research was to study the distribution of newly formed humic materials into mineralogically distinct clay-size fractions of a silt loam soil. Oats...

  14. Structural Investigation of Alkali Activated Clay Minerals for Application in Water Treatment Systems

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    Bumanis, G.; Bajare, D.; Dembovska, L.

    2015-11-01

    Alkali activation technology can be applied for a wide range of alumo-silicates to produce innovative materials with various areas of application. Most researches focuse on the application of alumo-silicate materials in building industry as cement binder replacement to produce mortar and concrete [1]. However, alkali activation technology offers high potential also in biotechnologies [2]. In the processes where certain pH level, especially alkaline environment, must be ensured, alkali activated materials can be applied. One of such fields is water treatment systems where high level pH (up to pH 10.5) ensures efficient removal of water pollutants such as manganese [3]. Previous investigations had shown that alkali activation technology can be applied to calcined clay powder and aluminium scrap recycling waste as a foam forming agent to create porous alkali activated materials. This investigation focuses on the structural investigation of calcined kaolin and illite clay alkali activation processes. Chemical and mineralogical composition of both clays were determined and structural investigation of alkali activated materials was made by using XRD, DTA, FTIR analysis; the microstructure of hardened specimens was observed by SEM. Physical properties of the obtained material were determined. Investigation indicates the essential role of chemical composition of the clay used in the alkali activation process, and potential use of the obtained material in water treatment systems.

  15. ADSORPTION, DESORPTION AND OXIDATION OF ARSENIC AFFECTED BY CLAY MINERALS AND AGING PROCESS

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    Adsorption/desorption and oxidation/reduction of arsenic at clay surfaces are very important to the natural attenuation of arsenic in the subsurface environment. Although numerous studies have concluded that iron oxides have high affinities for the adsorption of As(V), very litt...

  16. Suitability of the methylene blue test for determination of cation exchange capacity of clay minerals related to ammonium acetate method

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    Milošević, Maja; Logar, Mihovil; Dojčinović, Biljana; Erić, Suzana

    2015-04-01

    Cation exchange capacity (CEC) represents one of the most important parameters of clay minerals which reflects their ability to exchange cations with liquid phases in near contact. Measurement of CEC is used for characterizing sample plasticity, adsorbing and swelling properties which later define their usage in industrial purposes. Several methods have been developed over the years for determination of layer charge, charge density, charge distribution, etc. and have been published in numerous papers (Czimerova et al., 2006; Yukselen and Kaya, 2008). The main goal of present study is comparison of suitability of more recent method - methylene blue test in regard to older method - ammonium acetate for determination of CEC. For this study, we selected one montmorillonite clay (Bogovina, Serbia) and two mainly kaolinite clays (Miličinica, Serbia). Chemicals used for CEC determinations were solution of methylene blue (MB)(14*10-6M/ml) and ammonium acetate (AA) solution (1M). The obtained results are showing generally lower values in case of MB method. The main difference is due to molecular aggregation of MB on the clay surface. AA method is highly sensitive to the presence of CaO. Release of Ca ion from the sample into the solution can limit the saturation of exchange sites by the ammonium ion. This is clearly visible in case of montmorillonite clay. Fe2+ and Mg ions are difficult to move by the ammonium ion because of their ion radius, but in case of MB molecule there is no such restriction in removing them from the exchange sites. MB solution, even in a low concentration (2*10-6M/ml), is showing preferable results in moving the ions from their positions which is already visible after adding a small quantity of solution (25cm3). Both MB-titration and MB-spot test yield similar results and are much simpler methods than AA and they also give other information such as specific surface area (external and internal) whereas AA method only provides information about cations in exchangeable positions. Both methods, methylene blue test and ammonium acetate method, have advantages and disadvantages and differ in their requirements for the sample preparations but in general method selection is depending on the specific application of the given sample. References: - Yukselen, Y. and Kaya, A., Engineering Geology 102 (2008) 38-45 - Czimerova, A., Bujdak, J. and Dohrmann, R., Applied Clay Science 34 (2006) 2-13

  17. Adsorption mechanisms of emerging micro-pollutants with a clay mineral: Case of tramadol and doxepine pharmaceutical products.

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    Thiebault, Thomas; Guégan, Régis; Boussafir, Mohammed

    2015-09-01

    A sodium exchanged smectite clay mineral (Mt) was used as geo-sorbent for the adsorption of tramadol and doxepin: two pharmaceutical products (PPs) defined as emerging pollutants due to their presence at significant concentration in numerous water compartments. The adsorption isotherms for both the temperatures of 20 and 40°C and the derived data determined through the fitting procedure by using Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich equation models explicitly pointed out that the sorption of both tramadol and doxepin is mainly driven by electrostatic interaction. The studied PPs are intercalated in a monolayer arrangement within the interlayer space through a cation exchange in stoichiometric proportion with the Na(+) cations leading to adsorbed PPs amounts that match the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of Mt. Due to their hydrophobic character, additional doxepin molecules could be adsorbed by weak molecular interaction driving to an increase of the adsorbed amount beyond the CEC at low temperature (20°C). The confinement of PPs within the interlayer space of Mt confirms the use of clay minerals as potential material for the wastewater treatment as well as it drives to an amorphous or glassy state, which can find echo in biopharmaceutical applications for a controlled release of PPs. PMID:25950945

  18. Remediation of hexavalent chromium from aqueous solution using clay mineral Fe(II)-montmorillonite: Encompassing anion exclusion impact

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    Vinuth, Mirle; Bhojya Naik, Halehatty Seethya; Manjanna, Jayappa

    2015-12-01

    We have explored the highly efficient and environmentally benign clay mineral, Fe(II)-montmorillonite, for the reduction of Cr(VI) in aqueous solution. Fe(II)-Mt was treated with K2Cr2O7 solution at different pH, temperature and solid-to-liquid ratio. The [Cr2O7]2- was estimated by UV-vis spectra with a correction for anion exclusion impact. In general, the Cr(VI) reduction was rapid at acidic pH and increased with temperature up to 50 °C. A complete reduction occurred in about 5 min at pH 3-5. The time taken for complete reduction at 0 °C, RT (30 °C) and 40 °C are 12 min, 8 min and 5 min, respectively. The reduction followed by immobilization of Cr(III) on the spent clay mineral was well characterized by EDX and chemical extraction analysis. This remediation process could be easily scaled-up for real system applications.

  19. Sediment sources and their contribution along northern coast of the South China Sea: Evidence from clay minerals of surface sediments

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    Liu, Jianguo; Yan, Wen; Chen, Zhong; Lu, Jun

    2012-09-01

    Clay minerals of surface sediment samples from nine bays/harbors along northern coast of the South China Sea (SCS) are used for sediment sources and contribution estimation in the study areas. Results reveal that sediments in the study bays/harbors seem to be a mixture of sediments from the Pearl, Hanjiang River and local islands/rivers, but their clay mineral assemblage is distinct from that of Luzon and Taiwan sediments, indicating that sediments are derived mainly from the neighboring sources through riverine input and partly from localized sediments. Due to input of local sediments in the northern SCS, sediments from both east of the Leizhou Peninsula (Area IV) and next to the Pearl River estuary (PRE, Area II) have high smectite percent. Affected by riverine input of the Pearl and Hanjiang Rivers, sediments in west of the PRE (Area III) and east of the PRE (Area I) have high illite (average 47%) and kaolinite (54%) percents, respectively. Sediment contributions of various major sources to the study areas are estimated as the following: (1) the Hanjiang River provide 95% and 84% sediments in Areas I and II, respectively, (2) the Pearl River supply 79% and 29% sediments in Areas III and IV, respectively and (3) local sediments contribute the rest and reach the maximum (71%) in Area IV.

  20. Influence of Environmental Factors on Antagonism of Fungi by Bacteria in Soil: Clay Minerals and pH

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    Rosenzweig, William D.; Stotzky, G.

    1979-01-01

    The soil replica plating technique was used to evaluate the influence of clay minerals and pH on antagonistic interactions between fungi and bacteria in soil. In general, the antagonistic activity of bacteria towards filamentous fungi was greater in soil than on agar. The spread of Aspergillus niger through soil was inhibited by Serratia marcescens when the organisms were inoculated into separate sites in soil, and this antagonistic effect was maintained when the soil was amended with 3, 6, 9, or 12% (vol/vol) montmorillonite, whereas the addition of kaolinite at a concentration of 3% reduced the antagonism and at 6, 9, or 12% totally eliminated it. Similar results were obtained with the inhibition of A. niger by Agrobacterium radiobacter and of Penicillium vermiculatum by either S. marcescens or Nocardia paraffinae. When A. niger and S. marcescens were inoculated into the same soil site, A. niger was inhibited in all soils, regardless of clay content, although the extent of inhibition was greater as the concentration of montmorillonite, but not of kaolinite, increased. A. niger was inhibited more when inoculated as spores than as mycelial fragments and when inoculated 96 h after S. marcescens, but a 1% glucose solution reduced the amount of inhibition when the fungus was inoculated 96 h after the bacterium. When the pH of the soil-clay mixtures was altered, the amount of antagonism usually increased as the pH increased. Antagonism appeared to be related to the cation-exchange capacity and the pH of the soil-clay mixtures. Bacillus cereus and another species of Bacillus showed no activity in soil towards A. niger under any of the environmental conditions tested, even though the Bacillus sp. significantly inhibited A. niger and seven other fungi on agar. PMID:16345477

  1. Post-Fire Spatial Patterns of Soil Nitrogen Mineralization and Microbial Abundance

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    Smithwick, Erica A. H.; Naithani, Kusum J.; Balser, Teri C.; Romme, William H.; Turner, Monica G.

    2012-01-01

    Stand-replacing fires influence soil nitrogen availability and microbial community composition, which may in turn mediate post-fire successional dynamics and nutrient cycling. However, fires create patchiness at both local and landscape scales and do not result in consistent patterns of ecological dynamics. The objectives of this study were to (1) quantify the spatial structure of microbial communities in forest stands recently affected by stand-replacing fire and (2) determine whether microbial variables aid predictions of in situ net nitrogen mineralization rates in recently burned stands. The study was conducted in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) and Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir (Picea engelmannii/Abies lasiocarpa) forest stands that burned during summer 2000 in Greater Yellowstone (Wyoming, USA). Using a fully probabilistic spatial process model and Bayesian kriging, the spatial structure of microbial lipid abundance and fungi-to-bacteria ratios were found to be spatially structured within plots two years following fire (for most plots, autocorrelation range varied from 1.5 to 10.5 m). Congruence of spatial patterns among microbial variables, in situ net N mineralization, and cover variables was evident. Stepwise regression resulted in significant models of in situ net N mineralization and included variables describing fungal and bacterial abundance, although explained variance was low (R2<0.29). Unraveling complex spatial patterns of nutrient cycling and the biotic factors that regulate it remains challenging but is critical for explaining post-fire ecosystem function, especially in Greater Yellowstone, which is projected to experience increased fire frequencies by mid 21st Century. PMID:23226324

  2. Post-fire spatial patterns of soil nitrogen mineralization and microbial abundance.

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    Smithwick, Erica A H; Naithani, Kusum J; Balser, Teri C; Romme, William H; Turner, Monica G

    2012-01-01

    Stand-replacing fires influence soil nitrogen availability and microbial community composition, which may in turn mediate post-fire successional dynamics and nutrient cycling. However, fires create patchiness at both local and landscape scales and do not result in consistent patterns of ecological dynamics. The objectives of this study were to (1) quantify the spatial structure of microbial communities in forest stands recently affected by stand-replacing fire and (2) determine whether microbial variables aid predictions of in situ net nitrogen mineralization rates in recently burned stands. The study was conducted in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) and Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir (Picea engelmannii/Abies lasiocarpa) forest stands that burned during summer 2000 in Greater Yellowstone (Wyoming, USA). Using a fully probabilistic spatial process model and Bayesian kriging, the spatial structure of microbial lipid abundance and fungi-to-bacteria ratios were found to be spatially structured within plots two years following fire (for most plots, autocorrelation range varied from 1.5 to 10.5 m). Congruence of spatial patterns among microbial variables, in situ net N mineralization, and cover variables was evident. Stepwise regression resulted in significant models of in situ net N mineralization and included variables describing fungal and bacterial abundance, although explained variance was low (R<0.29). Unraveling complex spatial patterns of nutrient cycling and the biotic factors that regulate it remains challenging but is critical for explaining post-fire ecosystem function, especially in Greater Yellowstone, which is projected to experience increased fire frequencies by mid 21(st) Century. PMID:23226324

  3. Equilibrium, kinetic and thermodynamic studies on the adsorption of the toxins of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki by clay minerals

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    Fu, Qingling; Deng, Yali; Li, Huishu; Liu, Jie; Hu, Hongqing; Chen, Shouwen; Sa, Tongmin

    2009-02-01

    The persistence of Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt) toxins in soil is further enhanced through association with soil particles. Such persistence may improve the effectiveness of controlling target pests, but impose a hazard to non-target organisms in soil ecosystems. In this study, the equilibrium adsorption of the Bt toxin by four clay minerals (montmorillonite, kaolinite, goethite, and silicon dioxide) was investigated, and the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters were calculated. The results showed that Bt toxin could be adsorbed easily by minerals, and the adsorption was much easier at low temperature than at high temperature at the initial concentration varying from 0 to 1000 mg L -1. The adsorption fitted well to both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models, but the Freundlich equation was more suitable. The pseudo-second-order (PSO) was the best application model to describe the adsorption kinetic. The adsorption process appeared to be controlled by chemical process, and the intra-particle diffusion was not the only rate-controlling step. The negative standard free energy ( ΔGmθr) values of the adsorption indicated that the adsorption of the Bt toxin by the minerals was spontaneous, and the changes of the standard enthalpy ( ΔHmθr) showed that the adsorption of the Bt toxin by montmorillonite was endothermic while the adsorption by the other three minerals was exothermic.

  4. Impact of clay mineral, wood sawdust or root organic matter on the bacterial and fungal community structures in two aged PAH-contaminated soils.

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    Cébron, Aurélie; Beguiristain, Thierry; Bongoua-Devisme, Jeanne; Denonfoux, Jérémie; Faure, Pierre; Lorgeoux, Catherine; Ouvrard, Stéphanie; Parisot, Nicolas; Peyret, Pierre; Leyval, Corinne

    2015-09-01

    The high organic pollutant concentration of aged polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated wasteland soils is highly recalcitrant to biodegradation due to its very low bioavailability. In such soils, the microbial community is well adapted to the pollution, but the microbial activity is limited by nutrient availability. Management strategies could be applied to modify the soil microbial functioning as well as the PAH contamination through various amendment types. The impact of amendment with clay minerals (montmorillonite), wood sawdust and organic matter plant roots on microbial community structure was investigated on two aged PAH-contaminated soils both in laboratory and 1-year on-site pot experiments. Total PAH content (sum of 16 PAHs of the US-EPA list) and polar polycyclic aromatic compounds (pPAC) were monitored as well as the available PAH fraction using the Tenax method. The bacterial and fungal community structures were monitored using fingerprinting thermal gradient gel electrophoresis (TTGE) method. The abundance of bacteria (16S rRNA genes), fungi (18S rRNA genes) and PAH degraders (PAH-ring hydroxylating dioxygenase and catechol dioxygenase genes) was followed through qPCR assays. Although the treatments did not modify the total and available PAH content, the microbial community density, structure and the PAH degradation potential changed when fresh organic matter was provided as sawdust and under rhizosphere influence, while the clay mineral only increased the percentage of catechol-1,2-dioxygenase genes. The abundance of bacteria and fungi and the percentage of fungi relative to bacteria were enhanced in soil samples supplemented with wood sawdust and in the plant rhizospheric soils. Two distinct fungal populations developed in the two soils supplemented with sawdust, i.e. fungi related to Chaetomium and Neurospora genera and Brachyconidiellopsis and Pseudallescheria genera, in H and NM soils respectively. Wood sawdust amendment favoured the development of PAH-degrading bacteria holding Gram-negative PAH-ring hydroxylating dioxygenase, catechol-1,2-dioxygenase and catechol-2,3-dioxygenase genes. Regarding the total community structure, bacteria closely related to Thiobacillus (β-Proteobacteria) and Steroidobacter (γ-Proteobacteria) genera were favoured by wood sawdust amendment. In both soils, plant rhizospheres induced the development of fungi belonging to Ascomycota and related to Alternaria and Fusarium genera. Bacteria closely related to Luteolibacter (Verrucomicrobia) and Microbacterium (Actinobacteria) were favoured in alfalfa and ryegrass rhizosphere. PMID:25616383

  5. Mineral abundances at the final four curiosity study sites and implications for their formation

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    Poulet, F.; Carter, J.; Bishop, J. L.; Loizeau, D.; Murchie, S. M.

    2014-03-01

    A component of the landing site selection process for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) involved the presence of phyllosilicates as the main astrobiological targets. Gale crater was selected as the MSL landing site from among 4 down selected study sites (Gale, Eberswalde and Holden craters, Mawrth Vallis) that addressed the primary scientific goal of assessing the past habitability of Mars. A key constraint on the formation process of these phyllosilicate-bearing deposits is in the precise mineralogical composition. We present a reassessment of the mineralogy of the sites combined with a determination of the modal mineralogy of the major phyllosilicate-bearing deposits of the four final study sites from the modeling of near-infrared spectra using a radiative transfer model. The largest abundance of phyllosilicates (30-70%) is found in Mawrth Vallis, the lowest one in Eberswalde (<25%). Except for Mawrth Vallis, the anhydrous phases (plagioclase, pyroxenes and martian dust) are the dominant phases, suggesting formation conditions with a lower alteration grade and/or a post-formation mixing with anhydrous phases. The composition of Holden layered deposits (mixture of saponite and micas with a total abundance in the range of 25-45%) suggests transport and deposition of altered basalts of the Noachian crust without major chemical transformation. For Eberswalde, the modal mineralogy is also consistent with detrital clays, but the presence of opaline silica indicates that an authigenic formation occurred during the deposition. The overall composition including approximately 20-30% smectite detected by MSL in the rocks of Yellow-knife Bay area interpreted to be material deposited on the floor of Gale crater by channels (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20130312.html) is consistent with the compositions modeled for the Eberswalde and Holden deltaic rocks. At Gale, the paucity, the small diversity and the low abundance of nontronite do not favor a complex and long drainage system. Localized aqueous processes in space and time environments could have produced both nontronites and sulfates. However, most materials in Gale are unfortunately dust covered, so that orbital data are limited by spatial resolution and surficial fines that could dilute and obscure the spectral influence of phyllosilicates in the rocks. Potential formation processes of diverse and abundant Mawrth Vallis deposits include low temperature hydrothermal alteration in marine environments and/or pedogenesis.

  6. The 1.7- to 4.2-micron spectrum of asteroid 1 Ceres - Evidence for structural water in clay minerals

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    Lebofsky, L. A.; Feierberg, M. A.; Larson, H. P.; Johnson, J. R.; Tokunaga, A. T.

    1981-01-01

    A high-resolution Fourier spectrum (1.7-3.5 microns) and medium-resolution spectrophotometry (2.7-4.2 microns) were obtained for Asteroid 1 Ceres. The presence of the 3-micron absorption feature due to water of hydration was confirmed. The 3-micron feature is compared with the 3-micron bands due to water of hydration in clays and salts. It is concluded that the spectrum of Ceres shows a strong absorption at 2.7-2.8 microns due to structural OH groups in clay minerals. The dominant minerals on the surface of Ceres are therefore hydrated clay minerals structurally similar to terrestrial montmorillonites. There is also a narrow absorption feature at 3.1 microns which is attributable to a very small amount of water ice on Ceres. This is the first evidence for ice on the surface of an asteroid.

  7. Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous system. I. Wet chemistry and aging effects

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    Choi, Sunkyung; Amistadi, Mary Kay; Chorover, Jon

    2005-09-01

    Caustic high level radioactive waste induces mineral weathering reactions that can influence the fate of radionuclides released in the vicinity of leaking storage tanks. The uptake and release of Cs I and Sr II were studied in batch reactors of 2:1 layer-type silicatesillite (Il), vermiculite (Vm) and montmorillonite (Mt)under geochemical conditions characteristic of leaking tank waste at the Hanford Site in WA (0.05 m Al T, 2 m Na +, 1 m NO 3-, pH 14, Cs and Sr present as co-contaminants). Time series (0 to 369 d) experiments were conducted at 298 K, with initial [Cs] 0 and [Sr] 0 concentrations from 10 -5 to 10 -3 mol kg -1. Clay mineral type affected the rates of (i) hydroxide promoted dissolution of Si, Al and Fe, (ii) precipitation of secondary solids and (iii) uptake of Cs and Sr. Initial Si release to solution followed the order Mt > Vm > Il. An abrupt decrease in soluble Si and/or Al after 33 d for Mt and Vm systems, and after 190 d for Il suspensions was concurrent with accumulation of secondary aluminosilicate precipitates. Strontium uptake exceeded that of Cs in both rate and extent, although sorbed Cs was generally more recalcitrant to subsequent desorption and dissolution. After 369 d reaction time, reacted Il, Vm and Mt solids retained up to 17, 47 and 14 mmol kg -1 (0.18, 0.24 and 0.02 ?mol m -2) of Cs, and 0, 27 and 22 mmol kg -1 (0, 0.14 and 0.03 ?mol m -2) Sr, respectively, which were not removed in subsequent Mg exchange or oxalic acid dissolution reactions. Solubility of Al and Si decreased with initial Cs and Sr concentration in Mt and Il, but not in Vm. High co-contaminant sorption to the Vm clay, therefore, appears to diminish the influence of those ions on mineral transformation rates.

  8. Gram-negative Biomass in Clay Minerals Analogs: Testing Habitability Potential for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory Mission

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    Bonaccorsi, R.; McKay, C. P.

    2009-12-01

    Landing sites of next missions to Mars i.e., the US 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL11) and the ESA2016 Pasteur ExoMars, will include phyllosilicate outcrops as targets for investigating the geological and biological history of that planet. In this context, we present a study assessing the living biomass and habitability potential in mineralogical Mars analogs such as phyllosilicates and hematite-rich deposits encompassing a broad arid-hyper-arid climate range (annual rainfall <0.2 to ~700mm/y). Samples from the Atacama Desert (Chile), the Death Valley (CA), and the California Coast (USA) were analyzed for microbial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) as proxy for Gram-negatives biomass with the Limulus-Amebocite-Lysate (LAL) assay. Mineral phases were identified using X-Ray-Diffraction (XRD). These samples resulted to contain phyllosilicate phases similar to those identified, or inferred [1], on the surface of Mars by the OMEGA-Mars/Express [e.g., 2], the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) instruments (HiRISE and CRISM) [3]. Basic observations were: 1) there is no systematic pattern in biomass content of clays vs. non-clays (oxidized) materials from the study sites; 2) Atacama desiccation polygons (muscovite and kaolinite) and contiguous hematite-rich hyper-arid deposits contain the lowest biomass, i.e., ~104to-105 cells/g, respectively; 3) the hyper-arid clays contain three-order magnitude lower Gram-negative biomass than those (montmorillonite, illite, and chlorite) from the arid Death Valley site (~107cells/g); and 4) finally, the Gram-negative (~107cells/g) of clay minerals-rich materials from the arid site is about the same than that (~1.5 to ~3.0 x 107cells/g) of water-saturated massive deposits (kaolinite, illite, and vermiculite) from the wetter California coast. Results from this investigation will help testing for the habitability potential of phyllosilicate deposits sampled by the MSL11 Mission. REFERENCES:[1] Bibring et al., 2006, Science 312:400-404; [2] Wang et al., 2006 JGR E02S16 Vol.111; [3] Bishop et al., 2008. Science, 321,830-833.

  9. Near-infrared reflectance spectra of mixtures of kaolin-group minerals: use in clay mineral studies

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    Crowley, J.K.; Vergo, N.

    1988-01-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) reflectance spectra for mixtures of ordered kaolinite and ordered dickite have been found to simulate the spectral response of disordered kaolinite. The amount of octahedral vacancy disorder in nine disordered kaolinite samples was estimated by comparing the same spectra to the spectra of reference mixtures. The resulting estimates are consistent with previously published estimates of vacancy disorder for similar kaolin minerals that were modeled from calculated X-ray diffraction patterns. -from Authors

  10. Effect of chlorine in clay-mineral specimens prepared on silver metal-membrane mounts for X-ray powder diffraction analysis

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    Poppe, L.J.; Commeau, J.A.; Pense, G.M.

    1989-01-01

    Silver metal-membrane filters are commonly used as substrates in the preparation of oriented clay-mineral specimens for X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The silver metal-membrane filters, however, present some problems after heat treatment if either the filters or the samples contain significant amounts of chlorine. At elevated temperature, the chloride ions react with the silver substrate to form crystalline compounds. These compounds change the mass-absorption coefficient of the sample, reducing peak intensities and areas and, therefore, complicating the semiquantitative estimation of clay minerals. A simple procedure that eliminates most of the chloride from a sample and the silver metal-membrane substrate is presented here.

  11. The catalytic activity of platinum-loaded porous smectite-like clay minerals containing different divalent cations for butane hydrogenolysis and ethylene hydrogenation

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    Arai, M.; Guo, S.L.; Shirai, M.

    1996-07-01

    Platinum catalysts supported on smectite-like clay minerals containing different divalent cations of Ni{sup 2+}, Co{sup 2+}, Mg{sup 2+}, and Zn{sup 2+} in trioctahedral sheets were synthesized and evaluated for n-butane hydrogenolysis and ethylene hydrogenation activity. The activities of the catalysts prepared was in the order of Pt/SM (Ni) > Pt/SM(Co) > Pt/SM(Mg) >> Pt/SM(Zn), where SM(M) denotes the smectite-like clay mineral containing M{sup 2+} cation. 26 refs., 8 figs., 7 tabs.

  12. Removal of cyanobacterial blooms in Taihu Lake using local soils. I. Equilibrium and kinetic screening on the flocculation of Microcystis aeruginosa using commercially available clays and minerals.

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    Pan, Gang; Zhang, Ming-Ming; Chen, Hao; Zou, Hua; Yan, Hai

    2006-05-01

    Algal removal abilities of 26 clays/minerals were classified into three categories according to the 8-h equilibrium removal efficiency (Q8h) and removal rate at a clay loading of 0.7 g/L. Type I clays (sepiolite, talc, ferric oxide, and kaolinite) had a Q8h > 90%, a t50 (time needed to remove 50% of the algae) < 15 min, and a t80 < 2.5 h. Type II clays (6 clays) had a Q8h 50-90%, a t50 < 2.5 h, and a t80 > 2.5 h. Type III clays (14 clays) with Q8h < 50%, t50 > 8 h and t80 > 14 h had no practical value in removal of algal blooms. When the clay loading was reduced to 0.2 g/L, Q8h for all the 25 materials decreased to below 60%, except for sepiolite whose Q8h remained about 97%. The high efficiency for sepiolite to flocculate M. aeruginosa cells in freshwaters was due to the mechanism of netting and bridging effect. PMID:16236411

  13. Clay-mineral assemblages in high-resolution Plio-Pleistocene interval at ODP Site 1165, Prydz Bay, Antarctica

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    Junttila, Juho; Ruikka, Mattiina; Strand, Kari

    2005-02-01

    The Ocean Drilling Program Leg 188 Site 1165 was drilled on the Wild Drift on the Continental Rise off Prydz Bay, East Antarctica to a total depth of 999.1 meters below seafloor (mbsf). It recovered an extensive suite of terrigenous and hemipelagic sediments of early Miocene to Pleistocene age. Of special interest in this study is the sediment column between 0 and 50 mbsf, which consists of a well-preserved section of Pliocene-Pleistocene-age sediments that was sampled at 10-cm intervals. Multiproxy study of this interval could show possible intervals of expansions of the ice-sheet across the continental shelves and express the climatic evolution in Antarctica, particularly during the "middle" Pliocene warm period (3.15 to 2.85 Ma) which may provide an indication of how the Earth responds to a rise of its surface temperature. According to the existing age model, the upper 50 mbsf stratigraphic sequence of Site 1165 reaches back to 4.9 Ma. Throughout this interval, the clay-mineral content is characterized by fluctuations of individual clay minerals, particularly smectite and chlorite. The smectite concentration varies mainly between 0% and 30%. Illite fluctuates less between 50% and 80%, and kaolinite varies mainly between 10% and 20%. Chlorite concentrations are mainly 0% to 10%. There is also a noticeable change in magnetic susceptibility at 34 mbsf that is clearly indicated in the composition of the clay-mineral suite. At this level, smectite decreases and illite, kaolinite and chlorite show some variability. In particular, there is a slight but persistent increase in chlorite. The results from the Plio-Pleistocene transition, with evenly fluctuating smectite and illite contents and the gradually increasing chlorite content, may indicate cooler conditions compared to the mid-Pliocene conditions. Slight increase in illite content and decrease in smectite content towards Pleistocene supports the previous assumption. The results from the mid-Pliocene with the increasing smectite content and decreasing illite content may indicate warmer and possibly interglacial conditions.

  14. Clay-mineral segregation by differential flocculation: Jourdan River-St. Louis Bay estuary, Hancock County, Mississippi

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    McRae, G.

    1988-09-01

    Within the Jourdan River-St. Louis Bay estuarine system, the dominant depositional mechanism of suspended clays is preferential flocculation of kaolinite with increasing salinity. Flocculation and deposition of kaolinite occur mainly within the confines of the Jourdan River, hence the effects of differential gravity settling of mineral species are unlikely. Statistical analyses show that water turbidity and salinity are linearly related to distance from the mouth of the Jourdan River and to each other up to the point where kaolinite is largely removed from the suspended sediments by flocculation. X-ray diffraction data show that maximum flocculation of suspended kaolinite has occurred where the kaolinite/illite ratio (K/I) reaches its minimum. Bottom-sediment mineralogy follows the trend of the suspended sediments with K/I of the bottom sediments increasing as K/I of the suspended sediments decreases.

  15. Mars atmosphere. The imprint of atmospheric evolution in the D/H of Hesperian clay minerals on Mars.

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    Mahaffy, P R; Webster, C R; Stern, J C; Brunner, A E; Atreya, S K; Conrad, P G; Domagal-Goldman, S; Eigenbrode, J L; Flesch, G J; Christensen, L E; Franz, H B; Freissinet, C; Glavin, D P; Grotzinger, J P; Jones, J H; Leshin, L A; Malespin, C; McAdam, A C; Ming, D W; Navarro-Gonzalez, R; Niles, P B; Owen, T; Pavlov, A A; Steele, A; Trainer, M G; Williford, K H; Wray, J J

    2015-01-23

    The deuterium-to-hydrogen (D/H) ratio in strongly bound water or hydroxyl groups in ancient martian clays retains the imprint of the water of formation of these minerals. Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) experiment measured thermally evolved water and hydrogen gas released between 550° and 950°C from samples of Hesperian-era Gale crater smectite to determine this isotope ratio. The D/H value is 3.0 (±0.2) times the ratio in standard mean ocean water. The D/H ratio in this ~3-billion-year-old mudstone, which is half that of the present martian atmosphere but substantially higher than that expected in very early Mars, indicates an extended history of hydrogen escape and desiccation of the planet. PMID:25515119

  16. Cesium and Strontium Uptake to Clay Minerals and Their Weathering Products in a Caustic Waste

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    Choi, Sunkyung; Amistadi, Mary Kay; Seraphin, Supapan; Chorover, Jon

    2004-03-28

    Weathering behavior and contaminant (Sr and Cs) uptake by specimen clays (illite, vermiculite, montmorillonite and kaolinite) and their secondary solid phase products were studied in batch systems under geochemical conditions characteristic of leaking tank waste at the Hanford Site in WA (0.05 M AlT, 2 M Na+, 1 M NO3 -, pH {approx}14, Cs+ and Sr2+ present as co-contaminants). Time series experiments were conducted from 0 to 369 days, with initial Cs+ and Sr2+ concentrations ranging from 10-5 to 10-3 M. Cesium sorption after 369 d reaction was the greatest in the order of vermiculite, illite, montmorillonite and kaolinite at 10-3 M Cs/Sr. In the case of Sr, vermiculite showed highest Sr sorption and was followed by kaolinite, montmorillonite and illite at highest loading Cs/Sr after 369 d. Secondary phase products were feldspathoid sodium aluminum nitrate silicate, sodium aluminum nitrate silicate hydrate, Na-Al chabazite and zeolite X in weathered clays. Discrete Sr single phases were found in kaolinite and illite systems after 369 d at 10-3 M Cs/Sr.

  17. Towards an Improved Understanding of Shock Effects in Recovered Samples: Application to Shocked Clay Minerals

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    Spaulding, Dylan; Stewart, Sarah; Hankin, Markos; Wizda, Lee

    2015-06-01

    Samples recovered from shock-compression experiments offer a unique opportunity to understand the response of materials to extreme conditions. Correct interpretation of such experiments requires understanding the independent roles of pressure and temperature upon both compression and release. Previous shock-recovery experiments have largely ignored the thermal history of the sample or have underestimated peak pressures due to strong impedance mismatch between the sample and its surroundings. Here, we present current efforts towards increasingly controlled shock recovery schemes for the study of devolatilization in phyllosilicate clays. Shock effects may influence how volatiles within such clays are preferentially incorporated or lost during planetary accretion as well as spectral observations and interpretations of the aqueous history of planetary surfaces. We present both equation-of-state, post-shock temperature and devolatilization data for Kaolinite and Montmorillonite (up to 21 and 23 GPa, respectively) as well as post-mortem sample analysis using a variety of methods. Performance of sample recovery designs are simulated using a 3D Eulerian hydrodynamic code (CTH) and compared to experiments in order to optimize and improve sample geometries.

  18. Clay minerals in primitive meteorites and interplanetary dust 2. Smectites and micas

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    Keller, L. P.; Zolensky, M. E.

    1991-01-01

    The classification is briefly summarized of stony meteorites and cosmic dust, and the mineralogy and chemistry is described of serpentine group minerals. The occurrence of smectites and micas in extraterrestrial materials is examined. The characterization of fine grained minerals in meteorites and IDPs relies heavily on electron beam instruments, especially the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Typically, phyllosilicates are identified by a combination of high resolution imaging of basal spacings, electron diffraction, and chemical analysis. Smectites can be difficult to differentiate from micas because the smectites lose their interlayer water and the interlayer partly collapse in the high vacuum of the TEM.

  19. Experimental Determination of Clay Mineral Reactions in Clastic Reservoir Rock Resulting from the Injection of Supercritical CO2

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    Mangini, S. A.; Shaw, C. A.; Skidmore, M. L.

    2013-12-01

    The Cretaceous Frontier Formation of the Powder River Basin, WY has been considered as a potential reservoir for storing anthropogenic CO2. The reservoir zones are composed of fine-grained quartz and potassium feldspar rich sandstones, cemented with clay minerals (kaolinite and interlayered illite and montmorillonite). The purpose of these experiments is to determine whether susceptible minerals such as illite, montmorillonite, and potassium feldspar undergo in-situ 'weathering' reactions when exposed to the high concentrations of carbonic acid generated by the dissolution of supercritical CO2 in formation water. The transformation of these minerals has the potential to: 1.) open up pore space through dissolution; 2.) reduce pore space and/or close pore throats by precipitating new minerals, or 3.) cause little change if the reactions take place slowly. Core samples of the Frontier Formation were obtained from the USGS Core Repository in Denver, CO and their physical and mineralogical properties analyzed. Porosity and permeability of the cores have been determined by helium porosimetry and gas permeability testing. Pore space distribution was analyzed by CT scan. Mineralogy was determined by thin section analysis, X-Ray diffraction, and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Ongoing experiments will expose the cores to CO2 saturated brine in a flow-through reactor at conditions similar to those found in the subsurface (100oC and 15MPa). Changes to the chemical composition of the brine will be determined by withdrawing samples at regular intervals during the experiment and analyzing their contents with ion chromatography and colorimetry. The physical and mineralogical properties of the cores will be analyzed after each experiment and compared to the initial conditions. We will report on the results of these experiments.

  20. Stratigraphic and climatic implications of clay mineral changes around the Paleocene/Eocene boundary of the northeastern US margin

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    Gibson, T.G.; Bybell, L.M.; Mason, D.B.

    2000-01-01

    Kaolinite usually is present in relatively small amounts in most upper Paleocene and lower Eocene neritic deposits of the northern US Atlantic Coastal Plain. However, there is a short period (less than 200,000 k.y.) in the latest Paleocene (upper part of calcareous nannoplankton Zone NP 9) when kaolinite-dominated clay mineral suites replaced the usual illite/smectite-dominated suites. During this time of global biotic and lithologic changes, kaolinite increased from less than 5% of the clay mineral suite to peak proportions of 50-60% of the suite and then returned to less than 5% in uppermost Paleocene/lowermost Eocene strata. This kaolinite pulse is present at numerous localities from southern Virginia to New Jersey. These sites represent both inner and middle neritic depositional environments and reflect input from several river drainage systems. Thus, it is inferred that kaolinite-rich source areas were widespread in the northeastern US during the latest Paleocene. Erosion of these source areas contributed the kaolinite that was transported and widely dispersed into shelf environments of the Salisbury embayment. The kaolinite increase, which occurred during a time of relatively high sea level, probably is the result of intensified weathering due to increased temperature and precipitation. The southern extent of the kaolinite pulse is uncertain in that uppermost Paleocene beds have not been identified in the southern Atlantic Coastal Plain. The late Paleocene kaolinite pulse that consists of an increase to peak kaolinite levels followed by a decrease can be used for detailed correlation between more upbasin and more downbasin sections in the Salisbury embayment. Correlations show that more upbasin Paleocene/Eocene boundary sections are erosionally truncated. They have varying portions of the kaolinite increase and, if present at all, discontinuous portions of the subsequent kaolinite decrease. As these truncated sections are disconformably overlain by lower Eocene strata, rapid erosional removal of large parts of the most kaolinite-rich P/E boundary clay deposits occurred by early Eocene time. Erosion of the kaolinite-rich P/E boundary beds was enhanced during times of sea-level fall when kaolinite-rich sediments were redeposited to produce kaolinite spikes in basal beds of lower and middle Eocene sequences that have little or no kaolinite elsewhere in the sequence. In contrast, more downbasin sites document only the upper, decreasing part of the kaolinite pulse. The absence of strata documenting the earlier kaolinite increase is attributed to slow sedimentation (condensed interval) as a result of a significant sea level rise that ponded most sediments in shallower waters, combined with the probable subsequent erosional removal of these thin downbasin deposits by oceanic currents.

  1. Detection of soluble and fixed NH 4+ in clay minerals by DTA and IR reflectance spectroscopy: a potential tool for planetary surface exploration

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    Bishop, J. L.; Banin, A.; Mancinelli, R. L.; Klovstad, M. R.

    2002-01-01

    Nitrogen is an essential element for life. It is the only element among the six major biogenic elements, C, N, S, O, P, H, whose presence in the Martian soil has not been positively and directly established. We describe here a study assessing the ability to detect NH 4+ in soils using two methods: differential thermal analysis (DTA) and infrared (IR) reflectance spectroscopy. Four standard clay minerals (kaolinite, montmorillonite, illite and attapulgite) and an altered tephra sample from Mauna Kea were treated with NH 4+ in this study, then leached in order to remove the non-chemically bound ammonium species. Aliquots of these NH 4+-treated and then leached samples were analyzed by DTA and IR reflectance spectroscopy to quantify the detectability of soluble and sorbed/fixed NH 4+. An exotherm at 270-280C was clearly detected in the DTA curves of NH 4+-treated (non-leached) samples. This feature is assigned to the thermal decomposition reaction of NH 4+. Spectral bands observed at 1.56, 2.05, 2.12, 3.06, 3.25, 3.55, 4.2, 5.7 and 7.0 ?m in the reflectance spectra of NH 4+-treated and leached samples are assigned to the sorbed/fixed ammonium in the clays. The montmorillonite spectra have shown the most intense absorption features due to fixed ammonium among the leached samples in this study, as a result of its high cation sorption capacity. It is concluded that the presence of fixed NH 4+ in clays may be detected by IR reflectance or emission spectroscopy. Distinction between soluble and fixed NH 4+ may be achieved through the presence or absence of several spectral features assigned to the fixed NH 4+ moiety and, specifically, by use of the 4.2 ?m feature assigned to solution NH 4+. Thermal analyses furnish supporting evidence of ammonium in the clays/soil through detection of N released at temperatures of 270-330C. Based on the results of this study, it is estimated that IR spectra measured from a rover should be able to detect ammonium if present above a few mg NH 4+ per g sample in the surface layers. Orbital IR spectra and thermal evolved-gas analyses measured on a rover may be able to detect ammonium in soils as well, but only if present at higher abundances. The spectral features at 3.06 and 7.0 ?m due to bound NH 4+ in clays and altered volcanic tephra appear to be the most promising for detection by orbital spectrometers. If N species are present in a solid phase on the Mars surface, sedimentary deposits may be the best regions to look for them.

  2. Chemical and physical transformations of aluminosilicate clay minerals due to acid treatment and consequences for heterogeneous ice nucleation.

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    Sihvonen, Sarah K; Schill, Gregory P; Lyktey, Nicholas A; Veghte, Daniel P; Tolbert, Margaret A; Freedman, Miriam Arak

    2014-09-25

    Mineral dust aerosol is one of the largest contributors to global ice nuclei, but physical and chemical processing of dust during atmospheric transport can alter its ice nucleation activity. In particular, several recent studies have noted that sulfuric and nitric acids inhibit heterogeneous ice nucleation in the regime below liquid water saturation in aluminosilicate clay minerals. We have exposed kaolinite, KGa-1b and KGa-2, and montmorillonite, STx-1b and SWy-2, to aqueous sulfuric and nitric acid to determine the physical and chemical changes that are responsible for the observed deactivation. To characterize the changes to the samples upon acid treatment, we use X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy. We find that the reaction of kaolinite and montmorillonite with aqueous sulfuric acid results in the formation of hydrated aluminum sulfate. In addition, sulfuric and nitric acids induce large structural changes in montmorillonite. We additionally report the supersaturation with respect to ice required for the onset of ice nucleation for these acid-treated species. On the basis of lattice spacing arguments, we explain how the chemical and physical changes observed upon acid treatment could lead to the observed reduction in ice nucleation activity. PMID:25211030

  3. Mars, clays and the origins of life

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    Hartman, Hyman

    1989-01-01

    To detect life in the Martian soil, tests were designed to look for respiration and photosynthesis. Both tests (labeled release, LR, and pyrolytic release, PR) for life in the Martian soils were positive. However, when the measurement for organic molecules in the soil of Mars was made, none were found. The interpretation given is that the inorganic constituents of the soil of Mars were responsible for these observations. The inorganic analysis of the soil was best fitted by a mixture of minerals: 60 to 80 percent clay, iron oxide, quartz, and soluble salts such as halite (NaCl). The minerals most successful in simulating the PR and LR experiments are iron-rich clays. There is a theory that considers clays as the first organisms capable of replication, mutation, and catalysis, and hence of evolving. Clays are formed when liquid water causes the weathering of rocks. The distribution of ions such as aluminum, magnesium, and iron play the role of bases in the DNA. The information was stored in the distribution of ions in the octahedral and tetrahedral molecules, but that they could, like RNA and DNA, replicate. When the clays replicated, each sheet of clay would be a template for a new sheet. The ion substitutions in one clay sheet would give rise to a complementary or similar pattern on the clay synthesized on its surface. It was theorized that it was on the surface of replicating iron-rich clays that carbon dioxide would be fixed in the light into organic acids such as formic or oxalic acid. If Mars had liquid water during a warm period in its past, clay formation would have been abundant. These clays would have replicated and evolved until the liquid water was removed due to cooling of Mars. It is entirely possible that the Viking mission detected life on Mars, but it was clay life that awaits the return of water to continue its evolution into life based on organic molecules.

  4. Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous system I. Wet chemistry and aging effects

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    Choi, Sunkyung; Amistadi, Mary K.; Chorover, Jon

    2005-04-08

    Caustic high level radioactive waste induces mineral weathering reactions that can influence the fate of radionuclides released in the vicinity of leaking storage tanks. The uptake and release of CsI and SrII were studied in batch reactors of 2:1 layer-type silicates?illite (Il), vermiculite (Vm) and montmorillonite (Mt)?under geochemical conditions characteristic of leaking tank waste at the Hanford Site in WA (0.05 mAlT, 2 m Na*, 1 m NO3 *, pH *14, Cs and Sr present as co-contaminants). Time series (0 to 369 d) experiments were conducted at 298 K, with initial [Cs]0 and [Sr]0 concentrations from 10*5 to 10*3 mol kg*1. Clay mineral type affected the rates of (1) hydroxide promoted dissolution of Si, Al and Fe, (2) precipitation of secondary solids and (3) uptake of Cs and Sr. Initial Si release to solution followed the order Mt * Vm * Il. An abrupt decrease in soluble Si and/or Al after 33 d for Mt and Vm systems, and after 190 d for Il suspensions was concurrent with accumulation of secondary aluminosilicate precipitates. Strontium uptake exceeded that of Cs in both rate and extent, although sorbed Cs was generally more recalcitrant to subsequent desorption and dissolution. After 369 d reaction time, reacted Il, Vm and Mt solids retained up to 17, 47 and 14 mmol kg*1 (0.18, 0.24 and 0.02 *mol m*2) of Cs, and 0, 27 and 22 mmol kg*1 (0, 0.14 and 0.03 *molm*2) Sr, respectively, which were not removed in subsequent Mg exchange or oxalic acid dissolution reactions. Solubility of Al and Si decreased with initial Cs and Sr concentration in Mt and Il, but not in Vm. High co-contaminant sorption to the Vm clay, therefore, appears to diminish the influence of those ions on mineral transformation rates.

  5. Bioavailability of iron in geophagic earths and clay minerals, and their effect on dietary iron absorption using an in vitro digestion/Caco-2 cell model

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    Seim, Gretchen L.; Ahn, Cedric I.; Bodis, Mary S.; Luwedde, Flavia; Miller, Dennis D.; Hillier, Stephen; Tako, Elad; Glahn, Raymond P.; Young, Sera L.

    2014-01-01

    Geophagy, the deliberate consumption of earth, is strongly associated with iron (Fe) deficiency. It has been proposed that geophagy may be practiced as a means to improve Fe status by increasing Fe intakes and, conversely, that geophagy may cause Fe deficiency by inhibiting Fe absorption. We tested these hypotheses by measuring Fe concentration and relative bioavailable Fe content of 12 samples of geophagic earth and 4 samples of pure clay minerals. Further, we assessed the impact of these samples on the bioavailability of Fe from an Fe-rich test meal (cooked white beans, WB). Fe concentrations were measured with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Fe bioavailability was determined using an in vitro digestion/Caco-2 cell model in which ferritin formation was used as an index of Fe bioavailability. Geophagic earth and clay mineral samples were evaluated with this model, both alone and in combination with WB (1:16 ratio, sample:WB). Median Fe concentration of the geophagic earth was 3485 (IQR 2462, 14571) μg/g and mean Fe concentration in the clay minerals was 2791 (± 1782) μg/g. All specimens had Fe concentrations significantly higher (p ≤ 0.005) than the Fe concentration of WB (77 μg/g). Ferritin formation (i.e. Fe uptake) in cells exposed to geophagic earths and clay minerals was significantly lower than in cells exposed to WB (p ≤ 0.05) and Fe uptake responses of 11 of the 16 samples were not significantly different from the blank, indicating no bioavailable Fe. When samples were combined with WB, 5 of 16 had mean ferritin levels that were significantly lower (p ≤ 0.05, one tail) than the WB alone, indicating that the samples inhibited Fe uptake from the WB. None of the ferritin responses of cells exposed to both WB and earth/clay were significantly higher than WB alone. Thus, although geophagic earths and mineral clays are high in total Fe, very little of this Fe is bioavailable. Further, some geophagic earth and clay mineral samples inhibit Fe absorption from foods. In vivo research is warranted to confirm these observations and to determine if geophagic earth samples can be a source of Fe and/or inhibit Fe absorption. PMID:23787405

  6. Clay mineral contribution from various provenances in the northern South China Sea over the past 400 kyr: implications for the East Asian monsoon evolution

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    Chen, Quan; Liu, Zhifei; Xie, Xin; Kissel, Catherine

    2014-05-01

    Clay mineralogy of Core MD12-3432 taken at 2125 m water depth (CIRCEA cruise on board the R.V. Marion Dufresne, IPEV) in the northern South China Sea was investigated in order to understand the time series contribution of terrigenous sediments from various provenances. With calibration of a low-resolution analysis on carbonate concentration and major elements, we converted the XRF core scanned calcium data into a high-resolution carbonate content records. Through referring to the well-dated carbonate record of nearby Core MD05-2904, we established a reliable age model, indicating about 400 kyr ago at the bottom of Core MD12-3432. The clay mineral assemblage is dominated by smectite (23-59%) and illite (22-43%), with minor chlorite (13-27%) and kaolinite (4-13%). The time series variation of clay mineral assemblages indicates strong glacial-interglacial cyclicity. In general, the variation in smectite content is similar to that of carbonate concentration, with higher values during interglacials than during glacials, while illite and chlorite contents showing opposite patterns. The change in kaolinite content shows an independent pattern with high values during glacials, corresponding well with the illite crystallinity variation. The provenance analysis of these clay minerals suggests three end-member sources: all smectites derive from Luzon, all kaolinites originate from the Pearl River, and illite and chlorite are coming from both the Pearl River and Taiwan. Using the linear separation method of illite crystallinity, a time series of the clay mineral contribution from the three major provenances to the northern South China Sea was reconstructed. Combined with spectral analyses, we suggest the clay mineral contribution from Pearl River was mainly influenced by sea level change, while the East Asian summer monsoon controlled the contribution from Luzon. The strong precipitation rate related to intensive East Asian summer monsoon would have enhanced the denudation and intensified the delivery of terrigenous materials from Luzon to the South China Sea. Though Taiwan is also suffering from the monsoon rainfall, the major sediment discharge is caused by strong activities like typhoon rather than average precipitation. Thus, the glacial-interglacial variation in the clay mineral contribution from Luzon indicates the East Asian monsoon evolution. This work is presently conducted in the framework of the Franco-Chinese LIA-MONOCL.

  7. Clay-mineral transformation as an indicator of depositional and diagenetic conditions in Pennsylvanian black shales, Paradox Member of the Hermosa Foundation, Utah and Colorado

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    Tromp, D.E. ); Whitney, G. )

    1993-08-01

    The dominant clay minerals in the Paradox basin black shale facies include a detrital, aluminum-rich illite/smectite and a series of magnesium-rich, interstratified chlorite/smectite minerals. Black shales from the Gothic and Chimney Rock layers of the Paradox Member of the Hermosa Formation were sampled from 13 wells in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Inductively-Coupled Plasma (ICP), and Rock-Eval pyrolysis were used to determine the nature of a reaction believed to consume aluminum-rich detrital clays to precipitate magnesium-rich authigenic clays. The potential for magnesium enrichment in the clay assemblage was found to be influenced by the following processes: particle size as a function of distance from detrital source area, paleosalinity as a function of transgressive-regressive stage, and the presence of large amounts of organic matter. The basic reaction that forms chlorite/smectite or corrensite (perfectly ordered chlorite/smectite with 50% smectite layers) from detrital clays is Illite/Smectite (detrital) + Mg(aq)[sup 2+] + (OH)[sup [minus

  8. Reduction and long-term immobilization of technetium by Fe(II) associated with clay mineral nontronite

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    Jaisi, Deb P.; Dong, Hailiang; Plymale, Andrew E.; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Zachara, John M.; Heald, S.; Liu, Chongxuan

    2009-06-20

    99Tc is formed mostly during nuclear reactions and is released into the environment during weapons testing and inadvertent waste disposal. The long half-life, high environmental mobility (as Tc(VII)O4-) and its possible uptake into the food chain cause 99Tc to be a significant environmental contaminant. In this study, we evaluated the role of Fe(II) in biologically reduced clay mineral, nontronite (NAu-2), in reducing Tc(VII)O4- to poorly soluble Tc(IV) species as a function of pH and Fe(II) concentration. The rate of Tc(VII) reduction by Fe(II) in NAu-2 was higher at neutral pH (pH 7.0) than at acidic and basic pHs when Fe(II) concentration was low (< 1 mmol/g). The effect of pH, however, was insignificant at higher Fe(II) concentrations. The reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) associated with NAu-2 was also studied in the presence of common subsurface oxidants including iron and manganese oxides, nitrate, and oxygen, to evaluate the effect of the oxidants on the enhancement and inhibition of Tc(VII) reduction, and reoxidation of Tc(IV). Addition of iron oxides (goethite and hematite) to the Tc(VII)-NAu-2 system, where Tc(VII) reduction was ongoing, enhanced reduction of Tc(VII), apparently as a result of re-distribution of reactive Fe(II) from NAu-2 to more reactive goethite/hematite surfaces. Addition of manganese oxides stopped further Tc(VII) reduction, and in case of K+-birnessite, it reoxidized previously reduced Tc(IV). Nitrate neither enhanced reduction of Tc(VII) nor promoted reoxidation of Tc(IV). Approximately 11% of Tc(IV) was oxidized by oxygen. The rate and extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation was found to strongly depend on the nature of the oxidants and concentration of Fe(II). When the same oxidants were added to aged Tc reduction products (mainly NAu-2 and TcO2nH2O), the extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation decreased significantly relative to fresh Tc(IV) products. Increasing NAu-2 concentration also resulted in the decreased extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation. The results were attributed to the effect of NAu-2 aggregation that effectively retained Tc(IV) in the solid and decreased its vulnerability to reoxidation. Overall, our results implied that bioreduced clay minerals could play an important role in reducing Tc(VII) and in maintaining the long-term stability of reduced Tc(IV).

  9. Lead exchange into zeolite and clay minerals: A [sup 29]Si, [sub 27]Al, [sup 23]Na solid-state NMR study

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    Liang, J.J.; Sherriff, B.L. )

    1993-08-01

    Chabazite, vermiculite, montmorillonite, hectorite, and kaolinite were used to remove Pb, through ion exchange, from 0.01 M aqueous Pb(NO[sub 3])[sub 2] solutions. These minerals contained 27 (Na-chabazite), 16, 9, 9, and 0.5 wt % of Pb, respectively, after equilibration with the solutions. Ion exchange reached equilibrium within 24 h for Na-chabazite and vermiculite, but in less than 5 min for montmorillonite and hectorite. Na-chabazite took up more Pb than natural (Ca, Na)-chabazite (7 wt % Pb), whereas no such difference was observed in different cation forms of the clay minerals. Calcite impurities, associated with the clay minerals, effectively removed Pb from the aqueous solutions by the precipitation of cerussite (PbCO[sub 3]). [sup 29]Si, [sup 27]Al, and [sup 23]Na magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), [sup 23]Na double rotation (DOR) NMR, and [sup 23]Na variable-temperature MAS NMR were used to study the ion exchange mechanisms. In Na-chabazite, cations in all three possible sites take part in the fast chemical exchange. The chemical exchange passes from the fast exchange regime to the slow regime at [minus]80 to [minus]100[degrees]C. One site contains a relatively low population of exchangeable cations. The other two more shielded sites contain most of the exchangeable cation. The exchangeable cations in chabazite and vermiculite were found to be close to the SiO[sub 4] and AlO[sub 4] tetrahedra, while those in the other clay minerals were more distant. Two sites (or groups of sites) for exchangeable cations were observed in hectorite. Lead tended to occupy the one which corresponds to the [minus]8 ppM peak on the [sup 23]Na MAS NMR spectrum. The behavior of the exchangeable cations in the interlayer sites was similar in all the clay minerals studied. 27 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. Deglacial Record in the Illinois River Valley Explains Asynchronous Phases of Meltwater Pulses and Clay Mineral Excursions in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Wang, H.

    2014-12-01

    One prominent event of the Blling/Allerd (B/A) interstadial was the large meltwater release to global oceans. The Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) is usually considered the main source. But, the large LIS meltwater discharge conflicts with the marine record showing an active North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) during the B/A interval. Continuous dune-lacustrine successions in the Illinois River Valley (IRV) have shown complete records of the last deglacial chronozones. Their grain-size distributions and accurate B/A age 14C dates of plant fossils from 15 m deep lacustrine sediment in the IRV suggest that most of the IRV and parts of the adjacent upland were inundated by water. The inundation was caused by a sediment dam interpreted to have been constructed and followed by a breach at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers during the B/A interval due to sediment mobilization by the large meltwater release. The grain size distributions correlate with meltwater pulses and mineralogical excursions in sediments from the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) very well. The blockage and release of illite and chlorite rich fine-grained sediments from the Lake Michigan basin changed the relative abundance of clay minerals and thus the ratio of smectite/(illite + chlorite) in the sediment of the GOM. This finding explains why the meltwater episodes from the LIS and the associated detrital discharges are not synchronous in the sediments in the GOM. The finding also ties meltwater pulses and associated detrital discharges in the GOM closely to the LIS discharges via the Mississippi River Valley on chronozonal scales. Three arguments can be made from this result: 1) unaffected AMOC during B/A interval resulted potentially from the hyperpycnal inflow into the GOM floor; 2) limited volume of the meltwater discharge did not significantly influence the AMOC; and 3) the freshwater input into the GOM from the LIS at this particular location did not significantly influence the AMOC.

  11. Characterization of the Waukesha Illite: A mixed-polytype illite in the Clay Mineral Society repository

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    Grathoff, Georg H.; Moore, D.M.

    2002-01-01

    The Waukesha Illite is an excellent example of the illites found in argillaceous rocks, typical for Paleozoic shales that have undergone significant burial diagenesis during their geologic history. It consists of a mixture of detrital 2M1, interpreted to be a residuum of karstification within Silurian carbonates, and diagenetic 1M and 1Md illite. The chemistry and the age of the illite polytypes are different. Extrapolating to 100%, the 1M and 1Md polytypes have an apparent diagenetic age between 295 and 325 Ma. The chemistry of the 1M polytype could not be determined because of its low abundance. The approximate chemical composition of the 1Md polytype is 0.67 K, 3.6 Si, and 1.9 Al per half unit cell. The 2M1 polytype has an apparent detrital age between 440 and 520 Ma, and an approximate chemical composition per half unit cell of 0.78 K, 3.4 Si, and 2.1 Al, all within our margin of error. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results of both random powder and oriented preparations both indicate that the Waukesha Illite consists of a mixture of illites. The XRD patterns of the random powder preparation indicate it is a physical mixture of three different illite polytypes. This result was confirmed using 3 different methods: (1) by measuring illite polytype-specific reflections; (2) by mixing illite polytype reference samples; and (3) by mixing WILDFIRE calculated XRD patterns. Decomposition of the illite 001 XRD peak from oriented preparations also indicates mixtures of illites. However, the proportions of the three illitic components derived from the oriented 001 peak decomposition differ from those results derived from the analysis of the random powder data. Therefore, the shape of the 001 reflection of the Waukesha Illite cannot be explained by mixing the three different illite polytypes.

  12. Clay mineral assemblages in high-resolution Plio-Pleistocene interval (0-50 mbsf) at ODP Site 188-1165, Prydz Bay, Antarctica

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    Junttila, J.; Ruikka, M.; Strand, K.

    2003-04-01

    ODP Leg 188 Site 1165 was drilled on the Wild Drift on the Continental Rise off Prydz Bay, East Antarctica to a total depth of 999.1 mbsf. It recovered terrigenous and hemipelagic sediments of early Miocene to Pleistocene age. Of special interest is the sediment column between 0 and 50 mbsf which consists of well-preserved section of Pliocene-Pleistocene-age sediments which was then sampled with 10 cm intervals. Multiproxy study of this interval could show the intervals of expansions of the ice sheet across the continental shelves and Antarctic cryospheric evolution, particularly during the middle Pliocene warm period (3.15 to 2.85 Ma) which may provide an indication of how Earth may respond to future global warming. According to the existing age model, the 50 mbsf stratigraphic sequence of Site 1165 reaches back to ~4.9 Ma. Throughout this interval, the clay mineral content is characterized by major fluctuations of individual clay minerals, particularly smectite and chlorite. The smectite concentration varies mainly between 0% and 30%. Illite fluctuates less; concentrations are mainly 50% to 80%, and kaolinite varies mainly between 10 and 20%. Chlorite concentrations are mainly 0% to 10%. We assume that the short-term fluctuations of clay mineral assemblages could be caused by repeated advance and retreat of grounded ice masses across the shelf, resulting from changes of the Antarctic ice volume presumably parallel to the situation on the Antarctic Peninsula. Short-term cyclic changes in clay mineral assemblages deposited at Site 1165 occur throughout the Pliocene and Quaternary independent of changes in the clay content. In this poster we will give a closer look into two windows within this 50m sediment sequence. The first window is from 10-16 mbsf where a prominent change from Pliocene to Pleistocene occur. The second one is from 28-34mbsf which indicates shift from warmer to colder conditions during middle Pliocene. For instance, the noticeable change detected both by magnetostratigraphic and spectrographic methods at ~34 mbsf is clearly indicated in the composition of the clay-mineral suite. At this level, smectite decreases whereas kaolinite increases. Illite and chlorite also show variability. In particular, there is a slight but persistent increase in chlorite. Smectite may delivered by bottom-current transport along the continental rise and the decrease of smectite might be a consequence of climate-induced changes in depositional processes.

  13. Adsorption of dissolved aluminum on sapphire-c and kaolinite: implications for points of zero charge of clay minerals

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the impact of dissolved aluminum on interfacial properties of two aluminum bearing minerals, corundum and kaolinite. The effect of intentionally adding dissolved aluminum on electrokinetic potential of basal plane surfaces of sapphire was studied by streaming potential measurements as a function of pH and was complemented by a second harmonic generation (SHG) study at pH 6. The electrokinetic data show a similar trend as the SHG data, suggesting that the SHG electric field correlates to zeta-potential. A comparable study was carried out on kaolinite particles. In this case electrophoretic mobility was measured as a function of pH. In both systems the addition of dissolved aluminum caused significant changes in the charging behavior. The isoelectric point consistently shifted to higher pH values, the extent of the shift depending on the amount of aluminum present or added. The experimental results imply that published isoelectric points of clay minerals may have been affected by this phenomenon. The presence of dissolved aluminum in experimental studies may be caused by particular pre-treatment methods (such as washing in acids and subsequent adsorption of dissolved aluminum) or even simply by starting a series of measurements from extreme pH (causing dissolution), and subsequently varying the pH in the very same batch. This results in interactions of dissolved aluminum with the target surface. A possible interpretation of the experimental results could be that at low aluminum concentrations adatoms of aluminum (we will refer to adsorbed mineral constituents as adatoms) can form at the sapphire basal plane, which can be rather easily removed. Simultaneously, once the surface has been exposed to sufficiently high aluminum concentration, a visible change of the surface is seen by AFM which is attributed to a surface precipitate that cannot be removed under the conditions employed in the current study. In conclusion, whenever pre-treatment or the starting point of an experiment favor the dissolution of aluminum, dissolved Al may remain in the experimental system and interact with the target surfaces. The systems are then no longer pristine and points of zero charge or sorption data are those of aluminum-bearing systems. PMID:25045321

  14. Provenance and depositional environments of the late Neogene Red Clay deposits in Northern China based on detrital zircon and heavy mineral analysis

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    Shang, Yuan; Kaakinen, Anu; Beets, Christiaan J.; Prins, Maarten A.

    2014-05-01

    The late Miocene - Pliocene (about 11-2.5 Ma) time is the latest period of undisturbed global warmth before the onset of glacial times. Pliocene climate state is proposed as almost an analogue for future global climate by the end of 21st century and has been focus of much research. The Neogene red earth underlying the Pleistocene loess - paleosol deposits in northern China, has been demonstrated to have a relatively continuous depositional character at least over the past ~7-8 to ~2.6Ma. These Red Clay deposits are not only important continental archives of late Miocene-Pliocene environmental and climatic changes, but also preserve significant information on past atmospheric circulation patterns. Multiple competing hypotheses have been proposed for the provenance of Red Clay deposits of the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP), yet none has been confirmed. Whether it is sediments derived from single or multiple source areas still remains ambiguous. U-Pb age dating of detrital zircons from clastic sediments has proved to be powerful tool to trace sediment sources. However, this method is seldom applied in constraining the provenance of Red Clay deposits. In this study, we selected three typical Red Clay sections across the northern China. They are Dongwan in the western part, Lantian in the southern part and Baode in the northeastern part of the CLP. Based on the systematic field geologic survey, stratigraphic investigation and magnetostratigraphy, 15 samples in different stratigraphic levels were chosen. By applying the zircon U-Pb dating and single grain zircon morphology, combined with heavy mineral analysis of the Red Clay samples, the research aims to investigate the source and spatio-temporal evolution of Neogene Red Clay deposits of northern China. This study has significant implications for understanding the Red Clay depositional environments and will give insight into the past wind systems responsible for transporting dust onto the Chinese Loess Plateau.

  15. Potential application of microbial iron redox cycles in nitrate removal and their effects on clay mineral properties

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    Zhao, L.; Dong, H.; Kukkadapu, R. K.; Briggs, B. R.; Zeng, Q.

    2014-12-01

    Phyllosilicates that are ubiquitous in subsurface can serve as an iron source for microbial respiration. The objective of this research is to determine the ability of the phyllosilicate Fe to remove nitrate in subsurface undergoing microbial-driven redox cycles. In this study, thus, a well-characterized reference clay (NAu-2; nontronite), was subjected to redox cycles in a system containing dissimilatory Fe(III)-reducing bacteria, Shewanella putrefaciens CN32, and nitrate-dependent Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria, Pseudogulbenkiania sp. Strain 2002. Three redox cycles were conducted in bicarbonate- and PIPES-buffered medium. The extents of Fe(III) reduction, Fe(II) oxidation, nitrate reduction, and its various intermediate products were measured by wet chemical methods. For each cycle, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Mossbauer spectroscopy confirmed Fe oxidation state. Mineralogical changes were identified by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), 57Fe-Mössbauer spectroscopy, and infrared absorption spectroscopy. For all three cycles, nitrate was completely reduced to nitrogen gas under both bicarbonate- and PIPES- buffered conditions. As redox cycle increased, bio-reduction extents of Fe(III) in NAu-2 decreased by 33% and 48% in PIPES- and bicarbonate-buffered medium, respectively; however, bio-oxidation extents increased by 66% and 55% in the same medium, respectively. Despite the change of OH-stretching vibration band and OH-bending vibration bands in NAu-2 structure along Fe redox cycles, XRD data showed interlayer spacing of NAu-2 to be constant along the same Fe redox cycle. 57Fe-Mössbauer spectroscopy indicated complex reduction and re-oxidation pathways. For example, a distinct Fe(II) doublet and a Fe2.5+ feature due to interfacial Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer on clay mineral are prominent in their RT spectra. Both these Fe(II) are partially oxidized by Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria. The result of this study shows that Fe in biogenically reduced or oxidized NAu-2 could serve as a renewable iron source for multiple biogenic redox cycles to remove nitrate contaminant in soils and groundwater systems.

  16. CLAYFORM: a FORTRAN 77 computer program apportioning the constituents in the chemical analysis of a clay or other silicate mineral into a structural formula

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    Bodine, M.W., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The FORTRAN 77 computer program CLAYFORM apportions the constituents of a conventional chemical analysis of a silicate mineral into a user-selected structure formula. If requested, such as for a clay mineral or other phyllosilicate, the program distributes the structural formula components into appropriate default or user-specified structural sites (tetrahedral, octahedral, interlayer, hydroxyl, and molecular water sites), and for phyllosilicates calculates the layer (tetrahedral, octahedral, and interlayer) charge distribution. The program also creates data files of entered analyses for subsequent reuse. ?? 1987.

  17. Synergy between polyaniline and OMt clay mineral in Langmuir-Blodgett films for the simultaneous detection of traces of metal ions.

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    de Barros, Anerise; Ferreira, Mariselma; Constantino, Carlos Jos Leopoldo; Bortoleto, Jos Roberto Ribeiro; Ferreira, Marystela

    2015-04-01

    We report on Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films made with emeraldine salt polyaniline (PAni-ES) and organophilic montmorillonite clay mineral (OMt), where synergy between the components was reached to yield an enhanced performance in detecting trace levels of cadmium (Cd(2+)), lead (Pb(2+)) and copper (Cu(2+)). Detection was carried out using square wave anodic stripping (SWAS) voltammetry with indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes modified with LB films of PAni-ES/OMt nanocomposite, whose data were compared to those obtained with electrodes coated with neat PAni-ES and neat OMt LB films. The enhanced performance in the nanocomposite may be attributed to the stabilizing and ordering effect promoted by OMt in PAni-ES Langmuir films, which then led to more homogeneous LB films. According to X-ray diffraction data, the stacking of OMt layers was preserved in the LB films and therefore the PAni-ES chains did not cause clay mineral exfoliation. Instead, OMt affected the polaronic state of PAni-ES as indicated in UV-vis, Raman and FTIR spectra, also consistent with the changes observed for the Langmuir films. Taken together these results do indicate that semiconducting polymers and clay minerals may be combined for enhancing the electrical properties of nanostructures for sensing and related applications. PMID:25761908

  18. Insights into the Mechanism of Fe(II) Adsorption and Oxidation at Fe-Clay Mineral Surfaces from First-Principles Calculations

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    Alexandrov, Vitali Y.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2013-10-02

    Interfacial reactivity of redox-active iron-bearing mineral surfaces plays a crucial role in many environmental processes including biogeochemical cycling of various elements and contaminants. Herein, we apply density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations to provide atomistic insights into the heterogeneous reaction between aqueous Fe(II) and the Fe-bearing clay mineral nontronite Fe2Si4O10(OH)2 by studying its adsorption mechanism and interfacial Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer (ET) at edge and basal surfaces. We find that edge-bound Fe(II) adsorption complexes at different surface sites (ferrinol, silanol and mixed) may coexist on both (010) and (110) edge facets, with complexes at ferrinol FeO(H) sites being the most energetically favorable and coupled to proton transfer. Calculation of the ET activation energy suggests that interfacial ET into dioctahedral Fe(III) sheets is probable at the clay edges and occurs predominantly but not exclusively through the complexes adsorbed at ferrinol sites and might also involve mixed sites. No clear evidence is found for complexes on basal surface that are compatible with ET through the basal sheet despite this experimentally hypothesized ET interface. This study suggests a strong pH-dependence of Fe(II) surface complexation at basal versus edge facets and highlights the importance of the protonation state of bridging ligands and proton coupled electron transfer to facilitate ET into Fe-rich clay minerals.

  19. Reduction and long-term immobilization of technetium by Fe(II) associated with clay mineral nontronite.

    SciTech Connect

    Jaisi, D. P.; Dong, H.; Plymale, A. E.; Fredrickson, J. K.; Zachara, J. M.; Heald, S.; Liu, C.; Miami Univ.; PNNL

    2009-01-01

    {sup 99}Tc is formed mostly during nuclear reactions and is released into the environment during weapons testing and inadvertent waste disposal. The long half-life, high environmental mobility (as Tc(VII)O{sub 4}{sup -}) and its possible uptake into the food chain cause {sup 99}Tc to be a significant environmental contaminant. In this study, we evaluated the role of Fe(II) in biologically reduced clay mineral, nontronite (NAu-2), in reducing Tc(VII)O{sub 4}{sup -} to poorly soluble Tc(IV) species as a function of pH and Fe(II) concentration. The rate of Tc(VII) reduction by Fe(II) in NAu-2 was higher at neutral pH (pH 7.0) than at acidic and basic pHs when Fe(II) concentration was low (< 1 mmol/g). The effect of pH, however, was insignificant at higher Fe(II) concentrations. The reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) associated with NAu-2 was also studied in the presence of common subsurface oxidants including iron and manganese oxides, nitrate, and oxygen, to evaluate the effect of these oxidants on the enhancement and inhibition of Tc(VII) reduction, and reoxidation of Tc(IV). Addition of iron oxides (goethite and hematite) to the Tc(VII)-NAu-2 system, where Tc(VII) reduction was ongoing, enhanced reduction of Tc(VII), apparently as a result of re-distribution of reactive Fe(II) from NAu-2 to more reactive goethite/hematite surfaces. Addition of manganese oxides stopped further Tc(VII) reduction, and in case of K{sup +}-birnessite, it reoxidized previously reduced Tc(IV). Nitrate neither enhanced reduction of Tc(VII) nor promoted reoxidation of Tc(IV). Approximately 11% of Tc(IV) was oxidized by oxygen. The rate and extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation was found to strongly depend on the nature of the oxidants and concentration of Fe(II). When the same oxidants were added to aged Tc reduction products (mainly NAu-2 and TcO{sub 2} {center_dot} nH{sub 2}O), the extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation decreased significantly relative to fresh Tc(IV) products. Increasing NAu-2 concentration also resulted in the decreased extent of Tc(IV) reoxidation. The results were attributed to the effect of NAu-2 aggregation that effectively retained Tc(IV) in the solid and decreased its vulnerability to reoxidation. Overall, our results implied that bioreduced clay minerals could play an important role in reducing Tc(VII) and in maintaining the long-term stability of reduced Tc(IV).

  20. Stable Isotope Systematics of Abiotic Nitrite Reduction Coupled with Anaerobic Iron Oxidation: The Role of Reduced Clays and Fe-bearing Minerals

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    Grabb, K. C.; Buchwald, C.; Hansel, C. M.; Wankel, S. D.

    2014-12-01

    Under anaerobic conditions, it is widely assumed that nitrate (NO3-) and nitrite (NO2-) reduction is primarily the result of microbial respiration. However, it has also been shown that abiotic reduction of nitrate and nitrite by reduced iron (Fe(II)), whether mineral-bound or surface-associated, may also occur under certain environmentally relevant conditions. With a range of experimental conditions, we investigated the nitrogen and oxygen stable isotope systematics of abiotic nitrite reduction by Fe(II) in an effort to characterize biotic and abiotic processes in the environment. While homogenous reactions between NO2- and Fe(II) in artificial seawater showed little reduction, heterogeneous reactions involving Fe-containing minerals showed considerable nitrite loss. Specifically, rapid nitrite reduction was observed in experiments that included reduced clays (illite, Na-montmorillonite, and nontronite) and those that exhibited iron oxide formation (ferrihydrite, magnetite and/or green rust). While these iron oxides and clay minerals offer both a source of reduced iron in the mineral matrix as well as a surface for Fe(II) activation, control experiments with corundum as a non-Fe containing mineral surface showed little NO2- loss, implicating a more dominant role of structural Fe in the clays during nitrite reduction. The isotope effects for 15N and 18O (15ɛ and 18ɛ) ranged from 5 to 14‰ for 15ɛ and 5 to 17‰ for 18ɛ and were typically coupled such that 15ɛ ~ 18ɛ. Reactions below pH 7 were slower and the 18ɛ was affected by oxygen atom exchange with water. Although little data exist for comparison with the dual isotopes of microbial NO2- reduction, these data serve as a benchmark for evaluating the role of abiotic processes in N reduction, particularly in sediment systems low in organic carbon and high in iron.

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  2. Fluid-rock interaction controlling clay-mineral crystallization in quartz-rich rocks and its influence on the seismicity of the Carboneras fault area (SE Spain)

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    Jimenez-Espinosa, R.; Abad, I.; Jimenez-Millan, J.; Lorite-Herrera, M.

    2009-04-01

    The Carboneras Fault zone is one of the longest fault in the Betic Cordillera (SE Spain) and it would be a good candidate to generate large magnitude earthquakes (Gracia et al., 2006). Seismicity in the region is characterised by low to moderate magnitude events, although large destructive earthquakes have occurred, which reveals significant earthquake and tsunami hazards (Masana et al., 2004). Due to the internal architecture of the fault zone, shear lenses of post-orogenic sediments of Miocene and Pliocene age including marls and sandstones sequences are juxtaposed to the predominant slaty gouges of the Alpine basement. Microcataclasites and gouges of the quartz-rich post-orogenic sediments are also developed as cm- to m-scale bands, allowing the comparison between the deformed materials and their protoliths. Red, yellow and white sandstones and their respective cataclasites can be identified. This communication is concerned with the clay mineral crystallization events in these materials and its possible influence on the seismicity model of the region. The presence of phyllosilicates in fault zones as either neoformed or inherited clays is commonly related with fluid circulation and a mechanically weak fault behaviour (e.g., Wang, 1984). A critical factor for the understanding of the mechanical role of clays in fault rocks is to determine the timing of formation of mineral assemblages and microstructure of fault rocks and protolith. The effects of post-faulting alteration limit inferences about fault behaviour that can be made from exhumed rocks. The Carboneras fault zone provides good opportunities to study mineral processes enhanced by deformation, given that it is located in a region of arid climate and shows outcroppings of quartzitic rocks included in slaty rocks. Combined XRD, optical microscopy and SEM analyses reveal that deformed quartzitic rocks are enriched in phyllosilicates, increasing especially the amount of chlorite. The samples strongly damaged are characterised also by the presence of dolomite and gypsum. The deformation is highly localized, developing phyllosilicate-rich bands highly foliated due to the presence of fine-sized aligned clays (chlorite and mica). In some undeformed lenses of the cataclastic rocks, variable-sized patches of phyllosilicates containing random oriented stacks of chlorite and mica are developed. BSE images reveal that the stacks are made of two intergrown compositional types of chlorite. These results lead to conclude that limited clay growth during faulting occurred. The absence of significant compositional differences between undeformed and deformed phyllosilicates suggests that whereas fluids were present during strike-slip faulting, fluids were not preferentially focused along the quartz-rich rocks of the fault zone by phyllosilicates avoiding the development of the synkinematic clay alteration process. However, clays played an important role for the mechanical behaviour of the quartzitic rocks in the fault zone. Deformation is highly localized in chlorite-rich sandstones. These sandstones show substantial clay crystallization which texture can be related with a hydrothermal origin before strike-slip faulting, likely associated with the volcanic activity of the area leading to form of chlorite/mica patches. These data indicate that, although elevated fluid pressure confined by clay fabric cannot be appealed for the mechanical behaviour of the sandstones of the Carboneras fault, clay fabrics developed during deformation dominated the fault-weakening mechanism. We consider that lubricating properties of phyllosilicates in the quartzitic rocks were an important factor controlling movement mechanisms promoting the predominance of creep as regards seismic stick-slip (Bedrosian et al., 2004) reducing the possibility of larger seismogenic events that nucleate on localized fault planes developed within quartzitic rocks contained within the fault zone. Finally the crystallization of dolomite and gypsum in the highly damaged areas of the microcataclasites could be related with rec

  3. Mineral catalysis of the formation of dimers of 5'-AMP in aqueous solution: The possible role of montmorillonite clays in the prebiotic synthesis of RNA

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    Ferris, James P.; Ertem, Gözen; Agarwal, Vipin

    1989-03-01

    The reaction of the 5'-AMP with water soluble carbodiimide (EDAC) in the presence of Na+-montmorillonite 22A results in the formation of 2',5'-(pA)2 (18.9%), 3',5'-(pA)2 (11%), and AppA (4.8%). When poly(U) is used in place of the clay the product yields are 2',5'-(pA)2 (15.5%), 3',5'-(pA)2 (3.7%) and AppA (14.9%). The 3',5'-cyclic dinucleotide, 3',5'-c(pA)2, is also formed when poly(U) is used. AppA is the principal reaction product when neither clay nor poly(U) is present in the reaction mixture. Products which contain the phophodiester bond are formed at different ionic strengths, pH and temperatures using Na+-montmorillonite. Phosphodiester bond formation was not observed when Cu2+-montmorillonite was used or when DISN was used in the place of EDAC. The extent catalysis of phophodiester bond formation varied with the particular clay mineral used. Those Na+-clays which bind 5'-AMP more strongly are better catalysts. Cu2+-montmorillonite, which binds 5'-AMP strongly, exhibits no catalytic activity.

  4. Elucidating the Physical and Chemical Structural Changes of Proteins on Clay Mineral Surfaces using Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations in Tandem with NMR Spectroscopy

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    Andersen, A.; Govind, N.; Washton, N.; Reardon, P.; Chacon, S. S.; Burton, S.; Lipton, A.; Kleber, M.; Qafoku, N. P.

    2014-12-01

    Carbon cycling among the three major Earth's pools, i.e., atmosphere, terrestrial systems and oceans, has received increased attention because the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased significantly in recent years reaching concentrations greater than 400 ppm that have never been recorded before, warming the planet and changing the climate. Within the terrestrial system, soil organic matter (SOM) represents an important sub-pool of carbon. The associations of SOM with soil mineral interfaces and particles, creating micro-aggregates, are believed to regulate the bioavailability of the associated organic carbon by protecting it from transformations and mineralization to carbon dioxide. Nevertheless, the molecular scale interactions of different types of SOM with a variety of soil minerals and the controls on the extent and rate of SOM transformation and mineralization are not well documented in the current literature. Given the importance of SOM fate and persistence in soils and the current knowledge gaps, the application of atomistic scale simulations to study SOM/mineral associations in abiotic model systems offers rich territory for original and impactful science. Molecular modeling and simulation of SOM is a burgeoning and challenging avenue for aiding the characterization of these complex compounds and chemical systems and for studying their interactions in self-assembled aggregates composed of different organic matter compounds and with mineral surfaces of different types and common in soils, which are thought to contribute to their reactive properties including recalcitrance potential and resistance to mineralization. Here, we will discuss our large-scale molecular dynamics simulation efforts to explore the interaction of proteins with clay minerals (i.e., phyllosilicates such as kaolinite, smectite and micas), including the potential physical and chemical structural changes of proteins, protein adsorption by polar and permanently charged mineral surfaces and variably charged edges, and the potential role of amphiphilic proteins in providing adsorptive layers for SOM-mineral interfaces. Our efforts at characterizing these systems through combined modeling and simulation and NMR will also be discussed.

  5. Clay mineral assemblages and sedimentary environment evolution over the past 13 kyr in the Gulf of Tonkin, northwestern South China Sea

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    Zhang, Q.; Liu, Z.; Szczygielski, A.; Stattegger, K.; Zhao, Y.; Wiesner, M. G.

    2013-12-01

    High-resolution clay mineralogy, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanning element geochemistry, and detrital grain size distribution were analyzed on a gravity core GC44-5 (1844.227?N/10711.764?E, water depth 67 m) in the central Gulf of Tonkin, northwestern South China Sea to determine detrital sediment source variations and to reconstruct sedimentary environment evolution since the last deglaciation. Seven AMS-14C datings of carbonate shells and plant debris show the continuous normal sequence and an age of about 13 kyr BP at the core's bottom. Our results indicate that the Red River system has been the main source of detrital fine-grained sediments to the central gulf since 13 kyr BP. Clay mineral assemblages exhibit relatively lower smectite contents (26-45%) and higher illite and chlorite contents (total 35-56%) during the glaciation and early deglaciation times (13-11 kyr BP), and relatively higher and stable smectite contents (50-67%) and lower illite and chlorite contents (total 23-40%) during the Holocene. The sedimentary environment in the central gulf evolved from coastal marsh and floodplain during the glacial time (13.0-12.6 kyr BP) to tidal-influenced transitional coastal zone during the deglaciation (12.6-10 kyr BP), and to shallow marine environment since 10 kyr BP. The clay mineral assemblage variations are controlled mainly by the sea level rise and the sediment discharge of the Red River.

  6. An EXAFS study on the effects of natural organic matter and the expandability of clay minerals on cesium adsorption and mobility

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    Fan, Q. H.; Tanaka, M.; Tanaka, K.; Sakaguchi, A.; Takahashi, Y.

    2014-06-01

    The relationship between cesium (Cs) adsorption on clay minerals with various expandabilities and Cs mobility in environment was investigated using sequential extraction, batch adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), generalized adsorption model (GAM), and Cs LIII-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses with molecular simulations using the density functional theory (DFT). In particular, the difference between the affinities of illite (non-expansion) and vermiculite (intermediate expansion) for Cs and the effect of humic acid (HA) addition on the Cs/clay mineral system were highlighted in this study. These two factors affect Cs mobility and bioavailability in surface soil and sediments. The batch adsorption results showed that Cs adsorption was inhibited to some extent in the ternary clay + HA + Cs system because of (i) the blocked access of Cs to the frayed edge site (FES) and type II site [inner-sphere (IS) complex in GAM] by HA, and (ii) the reduced availability of the interlayer site in vermiculite. EXAFS analysis further confirmed that the adsorbed Cs in clay minerals was drastically changed by the sequential addition of HA. In addition, the dominant IS complex in the illite + Cs and illite + Cs + HA systems (in which HA was added after Cs adsorption on illite) can be converted to the outer-sphere (OS) complex largely in the illite + HA + Cs system (in which HA was added prior to Cs adsorption). These results are consistent with the sequential extraction and GAM results. The IS complex of dehydrated Cs+ mainly formed at the FES and interlayer site on illite (non-expansion) without resulting in any illite structural changes. However, on vermiculite (intermediate expansion), the dehydrated Cs+ can be adsorbed as an IS complex associated with the siloxane group of the di-trigonal cavity in the tetrahedral SiO4 sheet. This adsorption is accompanied by collapse of the layer, which can be easily coated by HA molecules to prevent Cs fixation. However, a nearly complete OS complex was observed at the planar site of montmorillonite (large expansion). These processes were confirmed by sequential extraction, batch adsorption, XRD, and EXAFS, which clearly showed that Cs mobility in soil highly depends on clay mineral expandability, natural organic matter (NOM), and the coupling of both effects. The atomic-scale information given by EXAFS is consistent with the distribution data from adsorption experiments, GAM, sequential extraction, and DFT. These results can be used as a basis for a clearer understanding of Cs behavior in natural systems.

  7. Characterization of clay from northern of Morocco for their industrial application

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    El Ouahabi, Meriam; Fagel, Nathalie

    2010-05-01

    Clays are a natural resource used for millennia. Currently applications such as industrial minerals are diversified. In this context, our goal is to estimate the potential of the many clay deposits in northern of Morocco. The choice of this region is justified by the particular abundance of clay deposits used to manufacture building materials (brick, ceramic and refractories) and pottery. This study focuses on the mineralogical, chemical and geotechnical characterization tests carried out on Tangier-Tetouan and Meknes clays from northern of Morocco. The suitability of raw clay material from those regions in order to produce ceramic and brick has not been tested yet. The results revealed that the studied samples are diversified, kaolinite and illite (Tetouan clay) and kaolinite and illite and smectite and vermiculite (Tangier and Meknes clay) based materials. There were no major differences in grain-size distribution, whereas Meknes clay was more plastic than Tetouan-Tangier clay. The cation exchange capacity show that Meknes and Tangier clay were more important than Tetouan clay. Specific surface area and thermal analaysis complete this caracterization. It was found that almost all technological properties of the Meknes clay deposit are led to the manufacture of ceramic floor tile, and Tetouan-Tangier clay provide opportunities to making brick and ceramic floor. The Tetouan-Tangier and Meknes clay are a potential ceramic raw material for growing Morrocan ceramic tile and brick industries.

  8. Evidence of multi-stage faulting by clay mineral analysis: Example in a normal fault zone affecting arkosic sandstones (Annot sandstones)

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    Buatier, Martine D.; Cavailhes, Thibault; Charpentier, Delphine; Lerat, Jrmy; Sizun, Jean Pierre; Labaume, Pierre; Gout, Claude

    2015-06-01

    Fault affecting silicoclastic sediments are commonly enriched in clay minerals. Clays are sensitive to fluid-rock interactions and deformation mechanisms; in this paper, they are used as proxy for fault activity and behavior. The present study focuses on clay mineral assemblages from the Point Vert normal fault zone located in the Annot sandstones, a Priabonian-Rupelian turbidite succession of the Alpine foredeep in SE France. In this area, the Annot sandstones were buried around 6-8km below the front of Alpine nappes soon after their deposition and exhumed during the middle-late Miocene. The fault affects arkosic sandstone beds alternating with pelitic layers, and displays throw of about thirty meters. The fault core zone comprises intensely foliated sandstones bounding a corridor of gouge about 20cm thick. The foliated sandstones display clay concentration along S-C structures characterized by dissolution of K-feldspar and their replacement by mica, associated with quartz pressure solution, intense microfracturation and quartz vein precipitation. The gouge is formed by a clayey matrix containing fragments of foliated sandstones and pelites. However, a detailed petrographical investigation suggests complex polyphase deformation processes. Optical and SEM observations show that the clay minerals fraction of all studied rocks (pelites and sandstones from the damage and core zones of the fault) is dominated by white micas and chlorite. These minerals have two different origins: detrital and newly-formed. Detrital micas are identified by their larger shape and their chemical composition with a lower Fe-Mg content than the newly-formed white micas. In the foliated sandstones, newly-formed white micas are concentrated along S-C structures or replace K-feldspar. Both types of newly formed micas display the same chemical composition confirmed microstructural observations suggesting that they formed in the same conditions. They have the following structural formulas: Na0.05 K0.86 (Al 1.77 Fe0.08 Mg0.15) (Si3.22 Al0.78) O10 (OH)2. They are enriched in Fe and Mg compared to the detrital micas. Newly-formed chlorites are associated with micas along the shear planes. According to microprobe analyses, they present the following structural formula: (Al1,48 Fe2,50 Mg1,84) (Si2,82 Al1,18) O10 (OH)8.All these data suggest that these clay minerals are synkinematic and registered the fault activity. In the gouge samples, illite and chlorite are the major clay minerals; smectite is locally present in some samples. In the foliated sandstones, Kubler Index (KI) ((001) XRD peak width at half height) data and thermodynamic calculations from synkinematic chlorite chemistry suggest that the main fault deformation occurred under temperatures around 220C (diagenesis to anchizone boundary). KI measured on pelites and sandstones from the hanging and footwall, display similar values coherent with the maximal burial temperature of the Annot sandstones in this area. The gouge samples have a higher KI index, which could be explained by a reactivation of the fault at lower temperatures during the exhumation of the Annot sandstones formation.

  9. The role of clay minerals and fulvic acid to the complexation of Na, Mg, and Ca in stream flows from adjacent forested head watersheds composed of different vegetation

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    Terajima, Tomomi; Moriizumi, Mihoko; Nakamura, Tomohiro

    2010-05-01

    In order to understand the complexation and flow process in metal elements under a fresh water environment, discharges of Na, Mg, and Ca were measured in streams of adjacent forested head watersheds composed of coniferous evergreen- and deciduous broad leaf- trees. Total elements (T-Na, T-Mg, and T-Ca) and ions (Na+, Mg2+, and Ca2+) in stream flows which passed through 0.45 μm filters were measured with an ICP and Ion-chromatograph. The remainders of total elements and ions were equated with complex compounds. Then the discharges of Si and fulvic acid, which respectively are the representatives of ligands by clay minerals and humic substances, provided the relationship between the compound discharges and the complexation process of the above metal elements. Even if Na, Mg, and Ca are believed to be mostly free ions in fresh water environments, the rates of the compounds to the total elements ranged 10 to 40 % in the coniferous watershed and 20 to 60 % in the deciduous watersheds. The compounds sometimes occupied more than half of the total elements; this was predominant in the deciduous watershed. These mean that the discharge of compounds is not negligible in watershed hydrology. Possible complexation processes in metal elements are #1) Hydration, #2) Adsorption or substitution with clay minerals, #3) Mineral complex, #4) Adsorption with humic substances as represented by fulvic acid, and #5) Chelate with organic acids as oxalate, formic acid, and pyrrole. Under fresh water environments, #2 and #4 must be the most potential processes of the complexation in metal elements. The relationship between the compounds, Si, and fulvic acid, therefore, supplies useful information to presume the status of the compounds. The compounds-Si relations in both watersheds showed linear correlations (r=0.79 to 0.99) for a stream base flow and stream flow in a small rainstorm. The linear correlations, however, occurred only for the stream flow in the compounds-Si relations at a big rain storm in the deciduous watershed (r=0.89 to 1.00) and also for the storm flow in the compound-fulvic acid relations (r=0.95 to 0.99). These things mean that the metal elements possibly flowed out as organic and/or inorganic complexes and the complexation could have been promoted in the deciduous watershed during rain storms. Thick organic soil, broadly distributing in the deciduous watershed, seems to be reasonable for promoting such complexation due to subsurface water movement in the soil through the contact of the metal elements with clay minerals and fulvic acid. In contrast, the much rainwater flows down below the surface within the loose litter and root-permeated zone developing predominantly in the coniferous watershed, where small clay minerals and humic substances occurs; which represents the rare contact of the metal elements with the clay minerals and fulvic acid in such flow paths. This would be the reason for the small and restrained complexation in the coniferous watershed at the big rain storm. The hydrochemical process in slope-stream systems can be controlled by the complexation affected by both the flow path of rainwater and the distribution of clay minerals and humic substances in soils.

  10. CO2-Brine-Iron-bearing Clay Mineral Interactions: Surface Area Changes and Fracture-Filling Potentials in Geologic CO2 Sequestration

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    Jun, Y.; Hu, Y.

    2011-12-01

    Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration (GCS) is a promising option to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emission from coal-fired power plants. The injected CO2 in GCS sites can induce dissolution of rocks and secondary mineral formation, potentially change the physical properties of the geological formations, and thus influence the transport and injectivity of CO2. However, most of the relevant studies are based on hydrological transport, using simulation models rather than studying actual interfacial chemical reactions. The mechanisms and kinetics of interfacial reactions among supercritical CO2 (scCO2)-saline water-rock surfaces at the molecular scale and their impacts on CO2 leakage have not been well understood. This research investigated the effects of various environmental factors (such as temperature, pressure, salinity, and different metal ion and organic-containing brine) on the dissolution and surface morphological changes of clay minerals. In this work, iron-bearing clay mineral, biotite [K(Mg,Fe)3AlSi3O10(OH,F)2], was used for model clay minerals in potential GCS sites. Both fluid/solid chemistry analysis and interfacial topographic studies were conducted to investigate the dissolution/precipitation on clay mineral surfaces under GCS conditions in high salinity systems. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the interfacial surface morphology changes were observed. Shortly after a CO2 pressure of 102 atm is applied at 95oC, in situ pH of solutions was 3.15 0.10. The early intrinsic dissolution rates of biotite were 8.4 2.8 10-13 and 11.2 3.0 10-13 mol Si m-2s-1 in water and NaCl solution, respectively. At the early stage of reaction, fast growth of fibrous illite on biotite basal planes was observed. After 22-70 h reaction, the biotite basal surface cracked, resulting in illite detaching from the surfaced. Later, the cracked surface layer was released into solution, thus the inner layer was exposed as a renewed flat basal surface (96-120 h). The cracking and detachment of the biotite surface layer increased the surface area in contact with solution and accelerated biotite dissolution. In control experiments with water under the same temperature and pressure, neither macroscopic fibrous illite nor cracks were observed. On the other hand, on the edge surfaces or fractured surfaces of biotite, significant amounts of Al-substituted goethite and kaolinite were formed, which can be further investigated as caprock self-healing potentials of iron-bearing clay minerals. This study provides important fundamental information for a better understanding of porosity and permeability changes owing to the clay mineral's surface morphological evolution by geochemical reactions, and this also helps designing a more accurate reactive transport models under GCS conditions.

  11. Colorimetric Humidity and Solvent Recognition Based on a Cation-Exchange Clay Mineral Incorporating Nickel(II)-Chelate Complexes.

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    Hosokawa, Hitoshi; Mochida, Tomoyuki

    2015-12-01

    Solvatochromic nickel(II) complexes with diketonato and diamine ligands were incorporated into a saponite clay by ion exchange, and their colorimetric humidity- and solvent-recognition properties were investigated. These powders exhibit color change from red to blue-green depending on humidity, and the detection range can be controlled by modifying the metal complex. The humidity response takes advantage of the humidity-dependent water content in clay and the coordination of water molecules to the metal complex in equilibrium. The addition of organic solvents to the powders causes a color change to occur, varying from red to blue-green depending on the donor number of the solvent, thereby enabling solvent recognition. In the clay, the affinity of less sterically hindered complexes to water or solvent molecules is decreased compared with that in solution because the cationic complexes interact with the anionic layers in the clay. Incorporating diethylene glycol into the materials produced thermochromic powders. PMID:26542108

  12. Spatial Abundance and Distribution of Potential Microbes and Functional Genes Associated with Anaerobic Mineralization of Pentachlorophenol in a Cylindrical Reactor

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    Li, Zhi-Ling; Nan, Jun; Huang, Cong; Liang, Bin; Liu, Wen-Zong; Cheng, Hao-Yi; Zhang, Chunfang; Zhang, Dongdong; Kong, Deyong; Kanamaru, Kyoko; Kobayashi, Tetsuo; Wang, Ai-Jie; Katayama, Arata

    2016-01-01

    Functional interplays of microbial activity, genetic diversity and contaminant transformation are poorly understood in reactors for mineralizing halogenated aromatics anaerobically. Here, we investigated abundance and distribution of potential microbes and functional genes associated with pentachlorophenol (PCP) anaerobic mineralization in a continuous-flow cylindrical reactor (15 cm in length). PCP dechlorination and the metabolite (phenol) were observed at segments 0–8 cm from inlet, where key microbes, including potential reductive dechlorinators (Dehalobacter, Sulfurospirillum, Desulfitobacterium and Desulfovibrio spp.) and phenol degraders (Cryptanaerobacter and Syntrophus spp.), as well as putative functional genes, including putative chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase (cprA) and benzoyl-CoA reductase (bamB), were highly enriched simultaneously. Five types of putative cprAs, three types of putative bamBs and seven types of putative nitrogenase reductase (nifHs) were determined, with their copy numbers decreased gradually from inlet to outlet. Distribution of chemicals, bacteria and putative genes confirmed PCP dechlorination and phenol degradation accomplished in segments 0–5 cm and 0–8 cm, respectively, contributing to a high PCP mineralization rate of 3.86 μM d‑1. Through long-term incubation, dechlorination, phenol degradation and nitrogen fixation bacteria coexisted and functioned simultaneously near inlet (0–8 cm), verified the feasibility of anaerobic mineralization of halogenated aromatics in the compact reactor containing multiple functional microbes.

  13. Spatial Abundance and Distribution of Potential Microbes and Functional Genes Associated with Anaerobic Mineralization of Pentachlorophenol in a Cylindrical Reactor

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    Li, Zhi-Ling; Nan, Jun; Huang, Cong; Liang, Bin; Liu, Wen-Zong; Cheng, Hao-Yi; Zhang, Chunfang; Zhang, Dongdong; Kong, Deyong; Kanamaru, Kyoko; Kobayashi, Tetsuo; Wang, Ai-Jie; Katayama, Arata

    2016-01-01

    Functional interplays of microbial activity, genetic diversity and contaminant transformation are poorly understood in reactors for mineralizing halogenated aromatics anaerobically. Here, we investigated abundance and distribution of potential microbes and functional genes associated with pentachlorophenol (PCP) anaerobic mineralization in a continuous-flow cylindrical reactor (15 cm in length). PCP dechlorination and the metabolite (phenol) were observed at segments 0–8 cm from inlet, where key microbes, including potential reductive dechlorinators (Dehalobacter, Sulfurospirillum, Desulfitobacterium and Desulfovibrio spp.) and phenol degraders (Cryptanaerobacter and Syntrophus spp.), as well as putative functional genes, including putative chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase (cprA) and benzoyl-CoA reductase (bamB), were highly enriched simultaneously. Five types of putative cprAs, three types of putative bamBs and seven types of putative nitrogenase reductase (nifHs) were determined, with their copy numbers decreased gradually from inlet to outlet. Distribution of chemicals, bacteria and putative genes confirmed PCP dechlorination and phenol degradation accomplished in segments 0–5 cm and 0–8 cm, respectively, contributing to a high PCP mineralization rate of 3.86 μM d−1. Through long-term incubation, dechlorination, phenol degradation and nitrogen fixation bacteria coexisted and functioned simultaneously near inlet (0–8 cm), verified the feasibility of anaerobic mineralization of halogenated aromatics in the compact reactor containing multiple functional microbes. PMID:26750760

  14. Spatial Abundance and Distribution of Potential Microbes and Functional Genes Associated with Anaerobic Mineralization of Pentachlorophenol in a Cylindrical Reactor.

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    Li, Zhi-Ling; Nan, Jun; Huang, Cong; Liang, Bin; Liu, Wen-Zong; Cheng, Hao-Yi; Zhang, Chunfang; Zhang, Dongdong; Kong, Deyong; Kanamaru, Kyoko; Kobayashi, Tetsuo; Wang, Ai-Jie; Katayama, Arata

    2016-01-01

    Functional interplays of microbial activity, genetic diversity and contaminant transformation are poorly understood in reactors for mineralizing halogenated aromatics anaerobically. Here, we investigated abundance and distribution of potential microbes and functional genes associated with pentachlorophenol (PCP) anaerobic mineralization in a continuous-flow cylindrical reactor (15 cm in length). PCP dechlorination and the metabolite (phenol) were observed at segments 0-8 cm from inlet, where key microbes, including potential reductive dechlorinators (Dehalobacter, Sulfurospirillum, Desulfitobacterium and Desulfovibrio spp.) and phenol degraders (Cryptanaerobacter and Syntrophus spp.), as well as putative functional genes, including putative chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase (cprA) and benzoyl-CoA reductase (bamB), were highly enriched simultaneously. Five types of putative cprAs, three types of putative bamBs and seven types of putative nitrogenase reductase (nifHs) were determined, with their copy numbers decreased gradually from inlet to outlet. Distribution of chemicals, bacteria and putative genes confirmed PCP dechlorination and phenol degradation accomplished in segments 0-5 cm and 0-8 cm, respectively, contributing to a high PCP mineralization rate of 3.86 μM d(-1). Through long-term incubation, dechlorination, phenol degradation and nitrogen fixation bacteria coexisted and functioned simultaneously near inlet (0-8 cm), verified the feasibility of anaerobic mineralization of halogenated aromatics in the compact reactor containing multiple functional microbes. PMID:26750760

  15. Synthesis and structural characterization of ferrous trioctahedral smectites: Implications for clay mineral genesis and detectability on Mars

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    Chemtob, Steven M.; Nickerson, Ryan D.; Morris, Richard V.; Agresti, David G.; Catalano, Jeffrey G.

    2015-06-01

    Widespread detections of phyllosilicates in Noachian terrains on Mars imply a history of near-surface fluid-rock interaction. Ferrous trioctahedral smectites are thermodynamically predicted products of basalt weathering on early Mars, but to date only Fe3+-bearing dioctahedral smectites have been identified from orbital observations. In general, the physicochemical properties of ferrous smectites are poorly studied because they are susceptible to air oxidation. In this study, eight Fe2+-bearing smectites were synthesized from Fe2+-Mg-Al silicate gels at 200C under anoxic conditions. Samples were characterized by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction, Fe K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), Mssbauer spectroscopy, and visible/near-infrared (VNIR) reflectance spectroscopy. The range of redox states was Fe3+/?Fe = 0 to 0.06 0.01 as determined by both XAS and, for short integration times, Mssbauer. The smectites have 060 distances (d(060)) between 1.53 and 1.56 , indicating a trioctahedral structure. d(060) and XAS-derived interatomic Fe-(Fe,Mg,Al) distance scaled with Fe content. Smectite VNIR spectra feature OH/H2O absorption bands at 1.4 and 1.9 m, (Fe2+,Mg,Al)3-OH stretching bands near 1.4 m, and Fe2+Fe2+Fe2+-OH, MgMgMg-OH, AlAl(Mg,Fe2+)-OH, and AlAl-OH combination bands at 2.36 m, 2.32 m 2.25 m, and 2.20 m, respectively. The spectra for ferrous saponites are distinct from those for dioctahedral ferric smectites, permitting their differentiation from orbital observations. X-ray diffraction patterns for synthetic high-Mg ferrosaponite and high-Mg ferrian saponite are both consistent with the Sheepbed saponite detected by the chemistry and mineralogy (CheMin) instrument at Gale Crater, Mars, suggesting that anoxic basalt alteration was a viable pathway for clay mineral formation on early Mars.

  16. The formation of high temperature clay minerals from basalt alteration during hydrothermal discharge on the East Pacific Rise axis at 21°N

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    Haymon, Rachel M.; Kastner, Miriam

    1986-09-01

    Aluminous, high-temperature clay minerals form from alteration of tholeiitic basaltic glass and calcic plagioclase during hydrothermal venting on the crest of the East Pacific Rise at 21°N. The clay alteration assemblages are layered crusts (up to 1 mm thick) completely replacing glass and calcic plagioclase adjacent to surfaces exposed to hydrothermal fluids. The interiors of the affected basalt samples have unaltered appearances and oxygen isotopic compositions just slightly heavier than that of MORB. The surficial alteration crusts are mixtures of beidellitic smectite (aluminous, dioctahedral), randomly interstratified mixed-layer Al-rich chlorite/smectite, minor chlorite, an x-ray amorphous aluminosilicate material, and possible minor serpentine (amesite). A δ 18O value of +4.1 ± 0.2%. (SMOW) is determined for the beidellitic smectite. Assuming that this smectite equilibrated with hydrothermal fluid having an oxygen isotope value between that of seawater (0%.) and 350°C hydrothermal fluid from EPR, 21°N vents (+1.6%.), an equilibration temperature between 290°C and 360°C is calculated for the beidellitic smectite. This is substantially higher than any previously reported temperature for an oceanic smectite. The mixed-layer Al-rich chlorite/smectite has a δ 18O value of +3.5%., which corresponds to equilibration at 295°-360°C. The aluminous composition of the alteration assemblage is uncommon for clay minerals produced by submarine hydrothermal basalt alteration. We suggest that this assemblage is largely the product of high-temperature interaction between basalt glass + plagioclase and Mg-poor, acidic hydrothermal fluids, with possibly some contribution of Mg from bottom seawater, and that the aluminous clays either incorporate Al 3+ remobilized from basalt by lowpH hydrothermal fluids, or are residual phases remaining after intense alteration of basaltic glass + plagioclase.

  17. ABUNDANCE OF TRACE AND MINOR ELEMENTS IN ORGANIC AND MINERAL FRACTIONS OF COAL

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    The report gives results of subjecting 27 U.S. coals to float/sink, acid, and ion-exchange treatments. From these treatments, coal fractions were obtained and analyzed to determine the organic and mineral associations of 45 elements. Of the elements studied, B, Be, Br, Ge, and Sb...

  18. Minerals

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    ... Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Skating Crushes What's a Booger? Minerals KidsHealth > For Kids > Minerals Print A A A Text Size What's in ... commercials for breakfast cereal always mention vitamins and minerals ? But when you think of minerals, food isn' ...

  19. Clay-mineral assemblages in Upper Cretaceous shales in the Torreon Wash and Star Lake coal areas, southeastern San Juan Basin, New Mexico. Open file report (final)

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    Bodine, M.W. Jr.

    1983-12-01

    This project was undertaken to characterize the mineralogy and chemical composition of clay mineral assemblages in Upper Cretaceous shales in the southeastern part of the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico and to determine their relations with episodes of coal deposition. The shales represent a range of depositional environments from marine, through near-shore mixed marine and continental, into fluvial and aeolean continental. Coal accumulation in the Torreon Wash and Star Lake areas occurs in both mixed marine and continental and fluvial continental facies.

  20. Mineral catalysis of the formation of the phosphodiester bond in aqueous solution: The possible role of montmorillonite clays

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    Ferris, James P.; Ertem, Gözen; Kamaluddin; Agarwal, Vipin; Hua, Lu Lin

    The binding of adenosine to Na+-montmorillonite 22A is greater than 5'-AMP, at neutral pH. Adenine derivatives bind more strongly to the clay than the corresponding uracil derivatives. These data are consistent with the protonation of the adenine by the acidic clay surface and a cationic binding of the protonated ring to the anionic clay surface. Other forces must be operative in the binding of uracil derivatives to the clay since the uracil ring system is not basic. The reaction of the 5'-AMP with water soluble carbodiimide in the presence of Na+-montmorillonite results in the formation of 2',5'-pApA (18.9%), 3',5'-pApA (11%), and AppA (4.8%). When poly(U) is used in place of the clay the product yields are 2',5',-pApA (15.5%), 3',5'-pApA (3.7%) and AppA (14.9%). The cyclic nucleotide, c(pA)2 is also formed when poly(U) is used. AppA is the principal reaction product when neither clay nor poly(U) is present in the reaction mixture. When 2'-deoxy-5'-AMP reacts with carbodiimide in the presence of Na+-montmorillonite 22A the products are dpApA (4.8%), dAppApA (4.5%) and dAppA (17.4%). Cyclic 3',5'-dAMP is the main product (14%) of the reaction of 2'-deoxy-3'-AMP.

  1. Abundance and diversity of total and nitrifying prokaryotes as influenced by biochemical quality of organic inputs combined with mineral nitrogen

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    Muema, Esther; Vanlauwe, Bernard; Röhl, Carolin; Cadisch, Georg; Rasche, Frank

    2014-05-01

    Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and archaea (AOB, AOA) co-exist in soil, but they respond differently to distinct fertilization strategies in agricultural soils. Accordingly, effects of organic inputs and combination with mineral nitrogen (N) on AOB and AOA remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was to compare soil amendment with contrasting quality of organic inputs (i.e., high quality Tithonia diversifolia (TD; C/N ratio: 13, Lignin: 8.9 %; Polyphenols: 1.7 %), intermediate quality Calliandra calothyrsus (CC; 13; 13; 9.4) and low quality Zea mays (ZM; 59; 5.4; 1.2)), and combination with mineral N on the abundance (i.e., DNA-based gene quantification) and community structure (i.e., T-RFLP analysis) of total bacterial and archaea (16S rRNA gene), as well as AOB and AOA (targeting the amoA gene) communities in a Humic Nitisol. Soils (0-15 cm depth) were sampled prior to the onset of the rainy season in March 2012 in a 10 years old field experiment established in the central highlands of Kenya in 2002. Since the start of the experiment, organic inputs were applied annually at a rate of 4 Mg C ha-1 and mineral N twice a year as calcium ammonium nitrate (5Ca(NO3)2NH4NO3) at a rate of 120 kg N ha-1 growing season-1. Quality of organic inputs posed only a significant effect on the AOB community structure between TD versus ZM and CC versus ZM. Moreover, TD significantly increased the size of AOB over ZM input, while higher abundances for total bacteria, total archaea and AOA were measured in ZM and TD over CC. This was explained by high and available N in TD, but low lignin and polyphenol contents in TD and ZM as opposed to CC. AOB responded sensitively (i.e., complete community structure separation) to mineral N, specifically when combined with low quality ZM. Hence, AOB community was specifically responsive to quality of organic inputs and combination of low organic input with mineral N over AOA and total prokaryotic communities in the studied soil. The results presented were however, generated on one occasion soil sampling representing the effect of continuous organic and inorganic fertilizer application for ten years. We therefore recommend for prospective research, further investigations to rule out the temporal (short-term) variations of microbial decomposer dynamics at different crops growth stages during a cropping season as well as comparing different soil types.

  2. Sorption of metal ions on clay minerals. III. Nucleation and epitaxial growth of Zn phyllosilicate on the edges of hectorite

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    Schlegel, Michel L.; Manceau, Alain; Charlet, Laurent; Chateigner, Daniel; Hazemann, Jean-Louis

    2001-11-01

    The impact of dissolved Si ([Si] aq) on Zn uptake in dilute suspensions (0.65 g/L) of hectorite was investigated at pH 7.30, a total Zn concentration (TotZn) of 520 ?M, and ionic strength of 0.3 M (NaNO 3 salt) by kinetics experiments and polarized extended X-ray absorption fine structure (P-EXAFS) spectroscopy. At low [Si] aq (30 to 60 ?M), 5.8% of TotZn was adsorbed within the first 3 h of reaction. The sorption rate was lower afterwards, and Zn uptake amounted to 14.6% of TotZn after 168 h of reaction. These rates are consistent with Zn sorption on pH-dependent edge sites of hectorite platelets. At high [Si] aq (530 ?M), a higher initial sorption rate was observed, the fraction of Zn removed amounting to 15.2% of TotZn at t = 3 h and 90.7% at t = 120 h. After 9 h of reaction time, Si uptake also occurred; the Si/Zn uptake ratio (1.09 0.08) was between those of TO (0.67) and TOT (1.33) trioctahedral phyllosilicates, which suggests the neoformation of a Zn phyllosilicate. In the absence of hectorite, neither Zn nor Si were removed from solution, even at high [Si] aq, indicating that Zn uptake occurred by sorption on hectorite surface. Comparison of spectra for sorption samples and Zn references indicated that sorbed Zn was located in a clay-like structural environment. The angular dependence observed for all P-EXAFS spectra demonstrated that Zn cations are structurally attached to the edges of hectorite platelets. The size and structure of these Zn surface complexes varied with [Si] aq and reaction time. At low [Si] aq and after a long reaction time (t = 96 h), Zn was surrounded by in-plane 1.7 0.6 Zn and 1.4 0.3 Mg at 3.08 , and by out-of-plane 0.6 1.1 Si at 3.28 . These results point to predominant formation of small polymers containing on average two to three Zn cations and located in structural continuity with the hectorite octahedral sheet. At high [Si] aq, higher numbers of Zn and Si and lower numbers of Mg neighbors were detected at t = 9 h; at t = 120 h, Zn was surrounded by in-plane 6.0 0.4 Zn at 3.10 and by out-of-plane 3.6 0.4 Si at 3.27 as in a Zn phyllosilicate. These results document for the first time the nucleation and epitaxial growth at ambient temperature of Zn phyllosilicate at the edges of smectite minerals under controlled laboratory conditions.

  3. Common clay and shale

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Virta, R.L.

    2003-01-01

    Part of the 2002 industrial minerals review. The production, consumption, and price of shale and common clay in the U.S. during 2002 are discussed. The impact of EPA regulations on brick and structural clay product manufacturers is also outlined.

  4. Mineral catalysis of the formation of the phosphodiester bond in aqueous solution - The possible role of montmorillonite clays

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    Ferris, James P.; Ertem, Gozen; KAMALUDDIN; Agarwal, Vipin; Hua, Lu Lin

    1989-01-01

    The possible role of montmorillonite clays in the spontaneous formation on the primitive earth of the phosphodiester bond in the presence of water was investigated in experiments measuring the binding of various nucleosides and nucleotides with Na(+)-montmorillonite 22A and the reactions of these compounds with a water-soluble carbodiimide. It was found that, at neutral pH, adenine derivatives bind stronger than the corresponding uracil derivatives, consistent with the protonation of the adenine by the acidic clay surface and a cationic binding of the protonated ring to the anionic clay surface. The reaction of the 5-prime-AMP with carbodiimide resulted in the formation of 2-prime,5-prime-pApA (18.9 percent), 3-prime,5-prime-pApA (11 percent), and AppA (4.8 percent). The yields of these oligomers obtained when poly(U) was used in place of the clay were 15.5 percent, 3.7 percent, and 14.9 percent AppA, respectively.

  5. Structure, dynamics, and function of the hammerhead ribozyme in bulk water and at a clay mineral surface from replica exchange molecular dynamics.

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    Swadling, Jacob B; Wright, David W; Suter, James L; Coveney, Peter V

    2015-03-01

    Compared with proteins, the relationship between structure, dynamics, and function of RNA enzymes (known as ribozymes) is far less well understood, despite the fact that ribozymes are found in many organisms and are often conceived as "molecular fossils" of the first self-replicating molecules to have arisen on Earth. To investigate how ribozymal function is governed by structure and dynamics, we study the full hammerhead ribozyme in bulk water and in an aqueous clay mineral environment by computer simulation using replica-exchange molecular dynamics. Through extensive sampling of the major conformational states of the hammerhead ribozyme, we are able to show that the hammerhead manifests a free-energy landscape reminiscent of that which is well known in proteins, exhibiting a "funnel" topology that guides the ribozyme into its globally most stable conformation. The active-site geometry is found to be closely correlated to the tertiary structure of the ribozyme, thereby reconciling conflicts between previously proposed mechanisms for the self-scission of the hammerhead. The conformational analysis also accounts for the differences reported experimentally in the catalytic activity of the hammerhead ribozyme, which is reduced when interacting with clay minerals as compared with bulk water. PMID:25647546

  6. Common clay and shale

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    Virta, R.L.

    2004-01-01

    Part of the 2003 industrial minerals review. The legislation, production, and consumption of common clay and shale are discussed. The average prices of the material and outlook for the market are provided.

  7. Silica-clay nanocomposites.

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    Letaief, Sadok; Ruiz-Hitzky, Eduardo

    2003-12-21

    A new class of porous nanocomposite materials have been prepared by reaction of alkoxysilanes with alkylammonium-exchanged phyllosilicates (clay minerals), using a sol-gel procedure which produces the complete delamination of these layered solids. PMID:14703825

  8. Natural abundance measurements of 13C indicate increased deep soil carbon mineralization after forest disturbance

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    Diochon, Amanda; Kellman, Lisa

    2008-07-01

    Northern forest soils represent globally important stores of carbon (C), yet there is no consensus about how they are altered by the widespread practice of harvesting that dominates many forested landscapes. Here we present the first study to systematically investigate the utility of δ 13C and C content depth profiles to infer temporal changes in belowground carbon cycling processes following disturbance in a pure C3 ecosystem. We document carbon concentration and δ 13C depth profile enrichment trends consistent with a kinetic fractionation arising from soil organic carbon (SOC) humification across a northern forest chronosequence (1, 15, 45, 80 and 125+ yrs). Reduced soil C storage that coincided with observed soil profile δ 13C-enrichment patterns which intensified following clearcut harvesting, pointed to losses of SOC in the deeper (>20 cm) mineral soil. This study suggests the δ 13C approach may assist in identifying mechanisms responsible for soil C storage changes in disturbed C3 forest ecosystems.

  9. Comment on "Evaluation of X-ray diffraction methods for determining the crystal growth mechanisms of clay minerals in mudstones, shales and slates," by L. N. Warr and D. R. Peacor

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    Eberl, D.D.; Srodon, J.; Drits, V.A.

    2003-01-01

    A recent paper by Warr and Peacor (2002) suggested that our use of the Bertaut-Warren-Averbach technique (MudMaster computer program) for studying changes in crystallite thickness distributions (CTDs) of clay minerals during diagenesis and very low-grade metamorphism is not reliable because it is dependent on many variables which can not be fully controlled. Furthermore, the authors implied that the measured shapes of CTDs cannot be used with confidence to deduce crystal growth mechanisms and histories for clays, based on our CTD simulation approach (using the Galoper computer program). We disagree with both points, and show that the techniques are powerful, reliable and useful for studying clay mineral alteration in rocks. ?? 2003 Schweiz. Mineral. Petrogr. Ges.

  10. Quantifying mineral abundances of complex mixtures by coupling spectral deconvolution of SWIR spectra (2.1-2.4 ?m) and regression tree analysis

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    Mulder, V.L.; Plotze, Michael; de Bruin, Sytze; Schaepman, Michael E.; Mavris, C.; Kokaly, Raymond F.; Egli, Markus

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a methodology for assessing mineral abundances of mixtures having more than two constituents using absorption features in the 2.1-2.4 ?m wavelength region. In the first step, the absorption behaviour of mineral mixtures is parameterised by exponential Gaussian optimisation. Next, mineral abundances are predicted by regression tree analysis using these parameters as inputs. The approach is demonstrated on a range of prepared samples with known abundances of kaolinite, dioctahedral mica, smectite, calcite and quartz and on a set of field samples from Morocco. The latter contained varying quantities of other minerals, some of which did not have diagnostic absorption features in the 2.1-2.4 ?m region. Cross validation showed that the prepared samples of kaolinite, dioctahedral mica, smectite and calcite were predicted with a root mean square error (RMSE) less than 9 wt.%. For the field samples, the RMSE was less than 8 wt.% for calcite, dioctahedral mica and kaolinite abundances. Smectite could not be well predicted, which was attributed to spectral variation of the cations within the dioctahedral layered smectites. Substitution of part of the quartz by chlorite at the prediction phase hardly affected the accuracy of the predicted mineral content; this suggests that the method is robust in handling the omission of minerals during the training phase. The degree of expression of absorption components was different between the field sample and the laboratory mixtures. This demonstrates that the method should be calibrated and trained on local samples. Our method allows the simultaneous quantification of more than two minerals within a complex mixture and thereby enhances the perspectives of spectral analysis for mineral abundances.

  11. Trace element abundance determinations by Synchrotron X Ray Fluorescence (SXRF) on returned comet nucleus mineral grains

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    Flynn, G. J.; Sutton, S. R.

    1989-01-01

    Trace element analyses were performed on bulk cosmic dust particles by Proton Induced X Ray Emission (PIXE) and Synchrotron X Ray Fluorescence (SXRF). When present at or near chondritic abundances the trace elements K, Ti, Cr, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Se, and Br are presently detectable by SXRF in particles of 20 micron diameter. Improvements to the SXRF analysis facility at the National Synchrotron Light Source presently underway should increase the range of detectable elements and permit the analysis of smaller samples. In addition the Advanced Photon Source will be commissioned at Argonne National Laboratory in 1995. This 7 to 8 GeV positron storage ring, specifically designed for high-energy undulator and wiggler insertion devices, will be an ideal source for an x ray microprobe with one micron spatial resolution and better than 100 ppb elemental sensitivity for most elements. Thus trace element analysis of individual micron-sized grains should be possible by the time of the comet nucleus sample return mission.

  12. Prospecting for clay minerals within volcanic successions: Application of electrical resistivity tomography to characterise bentonite deposits in northern Sardinia (Italy)

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    Longo, V.; Testone, V.; Oggiano, G.; Testa, A.

    2014-12-01

    Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is applied to prospect for and characterise a bentonitic clay deposit in northern Sardinia. Sardinian bentonites derived from the hydrothermal alteration of thick successions of pyroclastic flows and epiclastites are associated with the Oligo-Miocene calc-alkaline volcanic cycle. The alteration of these rocks is generally controlled by faults that control the local circulation of hydrothermal fluids. Two-dimensional ERT investigations were performed close to a faulted area to define the location, thickness and lateral continuity of the clayey body, and determine how it relates to faulting and stratigraphy. A line-based three-dimensional ERT data acquisition was carried out in a selected area to estimate the available clay reserves. The reliability of these resistivity models was assessed by comparison with local borehole data. Finally, the interpretation of the ERT results was optimised through synthetic modelling of the electrical resistivity imaging technique. The results define the extent and geometry of the bentonitic deposit with good accuracy and outline the scenarios where the ERT method may provide optimal results when prospecting for clay deposits.

  13. Common clay and shale

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    Virta, R.L.

    2000-01-01

    Part of the 1999 Industrial Minerals Review. The clay and shale market in 1999 is reviewed. In the U.S., sales or use of clay and shale increased from 26.4 million st in 1998 to 27.3 million st in 1999, with an estimated 1999 value of production of $143 million. These materials were used to produce structural clay products, lightweight aggregates, cement, and ceramics and refractories. Production statistics for clays and shales and for their uses in 1999 are presented.

  14. Arsenic mineralization, source, distribution, and abundance in the Kutahya region of the western Anatolia, Turkey.

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    Dogan, Meral; Dogan, A Umran

    2007-04-01

    Environmental exposure to arsenic (As) in the Kutahya region of the western Anatolia, Turkey has been reported to cause various types of arsenic-associated skin disorders (Dogan, Dogan, Celebi, & Baris, 2005). A geological and mineralogical study was conducted to find the sources and distribution of the As. Geogenic (background) levels were measured in samples collected from various sources in the Gediz, Simav, Tavsanli, Emet, Yoncali, Yenicekoy, and Muratdagi areas of the Kutahya region. Based on this analysis, we determined that natural sources are a domineering factor affecting the distribution of As, which was found: (1) mainly in evaporitic minerals, including colemanite (269-3900 ppm) and gypsum (11-99,999 ppm), but also in alunite (7-10 ppm) and chert (54-219 ppm); (2) in secondary epithermal gypsum, which has a high concentration of As in the form of realgar and orpiment along fracture zones of Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate aquifers; (3) in rocks, including limestone/dolomite (3-699 ppm) and travertine (5-4736 ppm), which are relatively more enriched in As than volcanics (2-14 ppm), probably because of secondary enrichment through hydrological systems; (4) in coal (1.9-46.5 ppm) in the sedimentary successions of the Tertiary basins; (5) in thermal waters, where As is unevenly distributed at concentrations varying from 0.0-0.9 mg/l. The highest As concentrations in thermal water (Gediz and Simav) correlate to the higher pH (7-9.3) and T (60-83 degrees C) conditions and to the type of water (Na-HCO3-SO4 with high concentration of Ca, Mg, K, SiO2, and Cl in the water). Changes in pH can be related to some redox reactions, such as the cation exchange reactions driving the dissolution of carbonates and silicates. Fe-oxidation, high pH values (7-9.3), presence of other trace metals (Ni, Co, Pb, Zn, Al), increased salinity (Na, Cl), high B, Li, F, and SiO, high Fe, SO4 (magnetite, specularite-hematite, gypsum), and graphite, and the presence of U, Fe, Cu, Pb, Zn, and B, especially in the Emet, Gediz, and Simav areas, are the typical indicators for the geothermally affected water with high As content. A sixth source of As in this region is the ground (0.0-10.7 mg/l) and the surface waters (0.0022-0.01 mg/l), which are controlled by water-rock interaction, fracture system, and mixing/dilution of thermal waters. The high As concentration in groundwater corresponds to the areas where pathological changes are greatest in the habitants. Arsenic in ground water also effects ecology. For example, only Juriperus oxycedrus and J. varioxycedrus types of vegetation are observed in locations with the highest concentration of As in the region. Branches and roots of these plants are enriched in As. PMID:17288006

  15. Modeling near-infrared reflectance spectra of clay and sulfate mixtures and implications for Mars

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    Stack, K. M.; Milliken, R. E.

    2015-04-01

    High-resolution mapping by visible and near-infrared orbital spectrometers has revealed a diversity of hydrated mineral deposits on the surface of Mars. Quantitative analysis of mineral abundances within these deposits has the potential to distinguish depositional and diagenetic processes. Such analysis can also provide important constraints on the nature of putative global and local-scale mineralogical transitions on Mars. However, the ability of models to extract quantitative mineral abundances from spectra of mixtures relevant to sedimentary rocks remains largely untested. This is particularly true for clay and sulfate minerals, which often occur as fine-grained components of terrestrial sedimentary rocks and are known to occur in a number of sedimentary deposits on Mars. This study examines the spectral properties of a suite of mixtures containing the Mg-sulfate epsomite mixed with varying proportions of smectitic clay (saponite, nontronite, and montmorrilonite). The goal of this work is to test the ability of checkerboard (linear) and intimate (non-linear) mixing models to obtain accurate estimates of mineral abundances under ideal and controlled laboratory conditions. The results of this work suggest that: (1) spectra of clay-sulfate mixtures can be reproduced by checkerboard and intimate mixing models to within 2% absolute reflectance or single scattering albedo, (2) clay and epsomite abundance can be modeled to within 5 wt.% when particle diameter is optimized, and (3) the lower threshold for modeling clay in spectra of clay-epsomite mixtures is approximately 10 wt.%, below which the models often fail to recognize the presence of clay.

  16. South Asian monsoon history over the past 60 kyr recorded by radiogenic isotopes and clay mineral assemblages in the Andaman Sea

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    Ali, Sajid; Hathorne, Ed C.; Frank, Martin; Gebregiorgis, Daniel; Stattegger, Karl; Stumpf, Roland; Kutterolf, Steffen; Johnson, Joel E.; Giosan, Liviu

    2015-02-01

    The Late Quaternary variability of the South Asian (or Indian) monsoon has been linked with glacial-interglacial and millennial scale climatic changes but past rainfall intensity in the river catchments draining into the Andaman Sea remains poorly constrained. Here we use radiogenic Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope compositions of the detrital clay-size fraction and clay mineral assemblages obtained from sediment core NGHP Site 17 in the Andaman Sea to reconstruct the variability of the South Asian monsoon during the past 60 kyr. Over this time interval ?Nd values changed little, generally oscillating between -7.3 and -5.3 and the Pb isotope signatures are essentially invariable, which is in contrast to a record located further northeast in the Andaman Sea. This indicates that the source of the detrital clays did not change significantly during the last glacial and deglaciation suggesting the monsoon was spatially stable. The most likely source region is the Irrawaddy river catchment including the Indo-Burman Ranges with a possible minor contribution from the Andaman Islands. High smectite/(illite + chlorite) ratios (up to 14), as well as low 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.711) for the Holocene period indicate enhanced chemical weathering and a stronger South Asian monsoon compared to marine oxygen isotope stages 2 and 3. Short, smectite-poor intervals exhibit markedly radiogenic Sr isotope compositions and document weakening of the South Asian monsoon, which may have been linked to short-term northern Atlantic climate variability on millennial time scales. This article was corrected on 18 MAR 2015. See the end of the full text for details.

  17. TEM/AEM characterization of fine-grained clay minerals in very-low-grade rocks: Evaluation of contamination by EMPA involving celadonite family minerals

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    Li, Gejing; Peacor, D.R.; Coombs, D.S.; Kawachi, Y.

    1996-12-31

    Recent advances in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and analytical electron microscopy (AEM) have led to many new insights into the structural and chemical characteristics of very fine-grained, optically homogeneous mineral aggregates in sedimentary and very low-grade metamorphic rocks. Chemical compositions obtained by electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) on such materials have been shown by TEM/AEM to result from beam overlap on contaminant phases on a scale below resolution of EMPA, which in turn can lead to errors in interpretation and determination of formation conditions. Here we present an in-depth analysis of the relation between AEM and EMPA data, which leads also to the definition of new mineral phases, and demonstrate the resolution power of AEM relative to EMPA in investigations of very fine-grained mineral aggregates in sedimentary and very low-grade metamorphic rocks.

  18. Minerals

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    Fish require the same minerals or inorganic elements as terrestrial animals for tissue formation, osmoregulation and various metabolic functions. Those required in large quantities are termed macro- or major minerals and those required in small quantities are called micro- or trace minerals. Fish ca...

  19. Comparison of the sorption behaviors and mechanisms of perfluorosulfonates and perfluorocarboxylic acids on three kinds of clay minerals.

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    Zhao, Lixia; Bian, Jingna; Zhang, Yahui; Zhu, Lingyan; Liu, Zhengtao

    2014-11-01

    The sorption of four perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) [perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA)] on three typical minerals [montmorillonite (MM), kaolinite (KL) and hematite (HM)] was studied. The sorption of PFOS and PFHxS was much stronger than PFOA and PFHxA. The sorption of each PFAA on the minerals followed an order of HM>KL>MM, even though MM was positively while KL and HM were negatively charged, implying that the sorption is driven by some other interactions besides electrostatic attraction. The sorption decreased with an increase in pH and a decrease in ionic strength of the solution, and their impacts on PFOS were much stronger than other three PFAAs. Surface complexing and hydrogen-bonding could make great contributions to the sorption of PFOS on the minerals. The results are important for understanding the transport and fate of PFAAs in sediment and ground water. PMID:25113183

  20. Ball clay

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    Virta, Robert L.

    2010-01-01

    The article reports on the global market performance of ball clay in 2009 and presents an outlook for its 2010 performance. Several companies mined ball call in the country including Old Hickey Clay Co., Kentucky-Tennessee Clay Co., and H.C. Spinks Clay Co. Information on the decline in ball clay imports and exports is also presented.

  1. Infrared spectroscopic studies of the effect of elevated temperature on the association of pyroglutamic acid with clay and other minerals

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    Macklin, J. W.; White, D. H.

    1985-01-01

    Fourier transform i.r. measurements of L-pyroglutamic acid dispersed in a matrix of a clay, silica or alumina have been obtained at various temperatures between 25 and 220 degrees C. The i.r. spectrum of L-pyroglutamic acid varies in a manner dependent upon the matrix material and shows considerable change as the temperature of the mixtures is increased. The differences in the spectrum at elevated temperatures are explained in terms of a chemical reaction between hydroxyl groups in the matrix and the carboxylic acid. The i.r. spectra of trimethylsilyl derivatives of L-pyroglutamic acid and aluminum pyroglutamate were also measured to assist the understanding of spectra and interpretation of the spectral changes dependent upon increasing temperature.

  2. Simulation of Clay Mineral Dehydration Along the NanTroSEIZE Transect, SW Japan: Implications for Fault Properties and Fluid Flow

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    Saffer, D. M.; Harris, R. N.; Underwood, M.

    2012-12-01

    At subduction zones, fluids are expelled as porous sediments on the incoming oceanic plate are either subducted or offscraped and accreted. In the upper ~8-10 km, the dominant sources of fluid are tectonically-driven compaction and burial, and the dehydration of hydrous (smectite family) clays. Potentially elevated pore fluid pressure associated with fluid release has been invoked to explain: (1) zones of anomalously low seismic velocity in the outer forearc (LVZ's) located ~13-30 km and ~31-55 km from the trench; (2) high amplitude negative polarity seismic reflectors along major fault zones; and (3) a transition to unstable fault slip. Here, we incorporate the results of existing thermal modeling and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) drilling along the NanTroSEIZE transect, offshore SW Japan, to simulate the magnitude and distribution of fluid release from clay dehydration in 2-D. The thermal models define the temperature structure of the margin, and the drilling results provide constraints on the abundance of hydrous clays in the sediment inputs. The regionally averaged wedge geometry and incoming sediment thickness used in our model are defined from seismic reflection data. We simulate smectite transformation by tracking sediments as they are progressively buried and heated in the subduction complex. The reaction progress is then computed from temperatures and exposure time. We evaluate two thermal models: a "hot" scenario, which is consistent with surface heat flow data, and a "cold" scenario that provides a probable lower bound on subsurface temperatures. For our initial suite of simulations, we consider an average bulk smectite abundance of 45 wt%. We then explore the spatial relationships between the locus of clay dehydration and geophysical signatures interpreted to reflect pore fluid and dehydration processes. Finally, we track the evolution of residual pore fluid chemistry due to consolidation and introduction of fresh water from the dehydration reaction. Simulated peak clay dehydration occurs 8-10 km landward of the trench in the hot scenario, and ~17-20 km landward in the cold scenario, well updip of the high reflectivity fault zones and LVZ's. Within the underthrusting sediments, the simulated reaction is 80% complete by ~15 km and ~25 km landward of the trench for the hot and cold scenarios, respectively. Our results indicate that that the geophysical observations do not map the locus of dehydration. We suggest that compaction disequilibrium is a more plausible explanation for both the high reflectivity and LVZ's. Simulated pore water freshening in the upper wedge is negligible in the outer 26 km of the forearc, and reaches a maximum of ~17% by 75 km landward of the trench. In contrast, simulated pore water freshening in the lower wedge and underthrust sediment begins within ~5-8 km of the trench, and reaches ~65% by 30 km landward. Near the trench, deeply sourced fluids will be diluted by mixing with fluids from the hanging wall. Progressive freshening of the deeply sourced fluids, in combination with decreasing compactive sources in the wedge, should lead to less mixing and thus larger signals of deeply sourced fluid flow farther landward.

  3. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2006-01-01

    In 2005, four companies including H.C. Spinks Clay, Kentucky-Tennessee Clay, Old Hickory Clay and Unimin mined ball clay in four states. Based on a preliminary survey of the ball clay industry, production reached 1.32 Mt valued at $53.3 million. Tennessee was the leading ball clay producer state with 61% of domestic production, followed by Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky.

  4. U, Th, Pb and REE abundances and Pb 207/Pb 206 ages of individual minerals in returned lunar material by ion microprobe mass analysis.

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    Andersen, C. A.; Hinthorne, J. R.

    1972-01-01

    Results of ion microprobe analyses of Apollo 11, 12 and 14 material, showing that U, Th, Pb and REE are concentrated in accessory minerals such as apatite, whitlockite, zircon, baddeleyite, zirkelite, and tranquillityite. Th/U ratios are found to vary by over a factor of 40 in these minerals. K, Ba, Rb and Sr have been localized in a K rich, U and Th poor glass phase that is commonly associated with the U and Th bearing accessory minerals. Li is observed to be fairly evenly distributed between the various accessory phases. The phosphates have been found to have REE abundance patterns (normalized to the chondrite abundances) that are fairly flat, while the Zr bearing minerals have patterns that rise steeply, by factors of ten or more, from La to Gd. All the accessory minerals have large negative Eu anomalies. Radiometric age dates (Pb 207/Pb 206) of the individual U and Th bearing minerals compare favorably with the Pb 207/Pb 206 age of the bulk rocks.

  5. Microtektites and Associated Minerals in the Iridium-Rich Layer of Marine Clay From the Central North Pacific Ocean

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    Leung, I. S.

    2014-12-01

    Our study is based on a sample derived from a deep sea core (GPC3) from the mid-Pacific Ocean floor north of the Hawaiian Islands, provided by Jim Broda, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The 65 Ma K/T boundary layer was identified by measurements of magnetic susceptibility (Doh, 1987) and Ir anomaly (Kyte et al., 1995) which peaked at a down-hole depth of 2055-2056 cm. Our sample of red clay was about 5 cubic cm in size. After wet-sieving for the size fraction greater than 38 microns, we hand-picked grains of interest under a binocular microscope. We found 40 microtektites (glass spherules, mostly devitrified), 12 olive-green aggregates composed of talc/magnetite, and 3 green and blue crystals of silicon carbide (SiC). There are many quartz grains having decorated deformation lamellae or mosaic structures. The olive-green talc/magnetite particles have textures and composition similar to materials found in chondritic meteorites, whereas, SiC crystals are known to occur in carbonaceous chondrites. These particles seem to implicate an affinity to meteorites. Ir-rich deposits world-wide are believed to have settled from dust produced by the Chicxulub Impact, but what object from space created the impact crater is rather uncertain. Our results reported here cannot rule out the possiblilty of impact by comets, because the nature of cometary dust particles are not very well known.

  6. Clays as prebiotic photocatalysts

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    Coyne, L. M.; Lawless, J.; Lahav, N.; Sutton, S.; Sweeney, M.

    1981-01-01

    Clay minerals catalyze peptide bond formation in fluctuating environments. A number of plausible mechanisms have been proposed and tested. The possibility that clays may actually be energizing the reaction by means of electronic excitation, creating mobile or trapped holes and electrons in the lattice, is explored. It has been discovered that clays emit light upon dehydration. The correlation between dehydration-induced, or thermoluminescent, processes and the yield of glycine oligomers after treatments known to affect the luminescent yields is being tested, in an effort to understand the catalytic mechanism

  7. Early diagenesis and clay mineral adsorption as driving factors of metal pollution in sediments: the case of Aveiro Lagoon (Portugal).

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    Martins, Maria Virgnia Alves; Mane, Miguel ngelo; Frontalini, Fabrizio; Santos, Jos Francisco; da Silva, Frederico Sobrinho; Terroso, Denise; Miranda, Paulo; Figueira, Rubens; Laut, Lazaro Luiz Mattos; Bernardes, Cristina; Filho, Joo Graciano Mendona; Coccioni, Rodolfo; Dias, Joo M Alveirinho; Rocha, Fernando

    2015-07-01

    This work aims to define the factors driving the accumulation of metals in the sediment of the lagoon of Aveiro (Portugal). The role of initial diagenetic processes in controlling trace metal retention in surface sediment is traced by mineralogy, magnetic susceptibility and geochemical analyses. Although several studies have focused on the metal distribution in this polihaline and anthropized coastal lagoon, most of them have been solely focused on the total metal concentrations. This study instead represents the first attempt to evaluate in a vast area of the Aveiro Lagoon the role of biogeochemical processes in metal availability and distribution in three extracted phases: exchangeable cations adsorbed by clay and elements co-precipitated with carbonates (S1), organic matter (S2) and amorphous Mn hydroxides (S3). According to the sediment guideline values, the sediment is polluted by, for instance, As and Hg in the inner area of the Murtosa Channel, Pb in the Espinheiro Channel, Aveiro City canals and Aveiro Harbour, and Zn in the northern area of the Ovar Channel. These sites are located near the source areas of pollutants and have the highest total available concentrations in each extracted phase. The total available concentrations of all toxic metals are however associated, firstly, with the production of amorphous Mn hydroxides in most of the areas and, secondly, with adsorption by organic compounds. The interplay of the different processes implies that not all of the sites near pollution sources have polluted surface sediment. The accumulation of metals depends on not only the pollution source but also the changing in the redox state of the sediments that may cause alterations in the sediment retention or releasing of redox-sensitive metals. Results of this work suggest that the biogeochemical processes may play a significant role in the increase of the pollutants in the sediment of the Aveiro Lagoon. PMID:25666475

  8. Clay Play

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    Rogers, Liz; Steffan, Dana

    2009-01-01

    This article describes how to use clay as a potential material for young children to explore. As teachers, the authors find that their dialogue about the potential of clay as a learning medium raises many questions: (1) What makes clay so enticing? (2) Why are teachers noticing different play and conversation around the clay table as compared to

  9. Heterogeneous decomposition of CHF2OCH2CF3 and CHF2OCH2C2F5 over various standard aluminosilica clay minerals in air at 313 K.

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    Kutsuna, Shuzo; Chen, Liang; Nohara, Kayo; Takeuchi, Koji; Ibusuki, Takashi

    2002-07-15

    The heterogeneous decomposition of CHF2OCH2C2F5, a potential substitute for hydrofluorocarbons, over aluminosilica clay minerals in air, was confirmed to occur at 313 K in a closed-circulation reactor. HC(O)OCH2C2F5, the gaseous main product was produced through hydrolytic elimination of F atoms from the CHF2OCH2- group. CHF2OCH2CF3 also decomposed to HC(O)OCH2CF3 over the clay minerals. The pseudo-first-order rate constants were determined for the decompositions over eight types of clay minerals (19 samples). The various clay minerals had different abilities to decompose these hydrofluoroethers. The decomposition rates per Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and the conversion ratios to HC(O)OCH2C2F5 or HC(O)OCH2CF3 for the reactions over kaolinite, halloysite, and illite were high in comparison to those for the same reactions over montmorillonite, hectorite, and nontronite. The dependence of this heterogeneous reaction on temperature and relative humidity indicates that, in the environment, the reaction could be important only in hot, dry regions. The results did not suggest that sunlight would directly accelerate the decay of CHF2OCH2CF3 or CHF2OCH2C2F5. In the presence of clay-containing soils in arid areas, this hydrolytic oxidation reaction may significantly affect both the lifetime and the degradation products of CHF2OCH2CF3 and CHF2OCH2C2F5 in the troposphere. PMID:12141493

  10. Kaoping River - Sea sediments from source to sink traced with clay mineralogy

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    Wang, Y.; Fan, D.; Liu, J. T.; Chang, Y. P.

    2014-12-01

    River bed sediments were collected from the main stream and major tributaries of the Kaoping River in Taiwan for clay mineralogy study. Marine sediments from boreholes on the seafloor off Taiwan in the northeastern South China Sea were also examined for comparison. The results show that the clay mineral composition of the Kaoping River display a similar pattern through the whole truck steam, with illite being dominant, chlorite being lesser abundant, and very scare kaolinite and smectite. Clay mineralogy shows some differences, like Smectite only examined in Qishan lake, one of the upper tributaries, which corresponed to the heterogeneous source rocks. The illite crystallity and the illite chemical weathering index both show rapid mechanical denudation. Compared with the other famous rivers in the world, clay mineral composition of sediments is influenced by the source and weathering based on the different gradients and environment. The data from marine sediments does not show obvious basin-wide differences, reflecting a distinct character of Taiwan source.

  11. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2011-01-01

    The article discusses the latest developments in the global ball clay mining industry, particularly in the U.S., as of June 2011. It cites several firms that are involved in ball clay mining in the U.S., including HC Spins Clay Co. Inc., the Imerys Group and Old Hickory Clay Co. Among the products made from ball clay are ceramic tiles, sanitaryware, as well as fillers, extenders and binders.

  12. Minerals

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    ... some of the minerals you get from food. Calcium Calcium is the top macromineral when it comes to ... on tasty food. Which foods are rich in calcium? dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt ...

  13. Sorption of N2 and EGME vapors on some soils, clays, and mineral oxides and determination of sample surface areas by use of sorption data

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    Chiou, C.T.; Rutherford, D.W.; Manes, M.

    1993-01-01

    Vapor sorption isotherms of ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGME) at room temperature and isotherms of N2 gas at liquid nitrogen temperature were determined for various soils and minerals. The N2 monolayer capacities [Qm (N2)] were calculated from the BET equation and used to determine the surface areas. To examine whether EGME is an appropriate adsorbate for determination of surface areas, the apparent EGME monolayer capacities [Qm (EGME)ap] were also obtained by use of the BET equation. For sand, aluminum oxide, kaolinite, hematite, and synthetic hydrous iron oxide, which are relatively free of organic impurity and expanding/solvating minerals, the Qm (EGME)ap values are in good conformity with the corresponding Qm (N2) values and would give surface areas consistent with BET (N2) values. For other samples (Woodburn soil, a natural hydrous iron oxide, illite, and montmorillonite), the Qm (EGME)ap values overestimate the Qm (N2) values from a moderate to a large extent, depending on the sample. A high-organic-content peat shows a very small BET (N2) surface area; the EGME/ peat isotherm is linear and does not yield a calculation of the surface area. Large discrepancies between results of the two methods for some samples are attributed to the high solubility of polar EGME in soil organic matter and/ or to the cation solvation of EGME with solvating clays. The agreement for other samples is illustrative of the consistency of the BET method when different adsorbates are used, so long as they do not exhibit bulk penetration and/or cation solvation. ?? 1993 American Chemical Society.

  14. In situ optical measurements of Chang'E-3 landing site in Mare Imbrium: 1. Mineral abundances inferred from spectral reflectance

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    Zhang, Hao; Yang, Yazhou; Yuan, Ye; Jin, Weidong; Lucey, Paul G.; Zhu, Meng-Hua; Kaydash, Vadim G.; Shkuratov, Yuriy G.; Di, Kaichang; Wan, Wenhui; Xu, Bin; Xiao, Long; Wang, Ziwei; Xue, Bin

    2015-09-01

    The visible and near-infrared imaging spectrometer on board the Yutu Rover of Chinese Chang'E-3 mission measured the lunar surface reflectance at a close distance (~1 m) and collected four spectra at four different sites. These in situ lunar spectra have revealed less mature features than that measured remotely by spaceborne sensors such as the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument on board the Chandrayaan-1 mission and the Spectral Profiler on board the Kaguya over the same region. Mineral composition analysis using a spectral lookup table populated with a radiative transfer mixing model has shown that the regolith at the landing site contains high abundance of olivine. The mineral abundance results are consistent with that inferred from the compound measurement made by the on board alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer.

  15. Comparing the activity of aluminum in two B horizons developed from volcanic ash deposits in Japan, dominated by short-range ordered aluminosilicates and crystalline clay minerals, respectively

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    Yagasaki, Yasumi; Mulder, Jan; Okazaki, Masanori

    2006-01-01

    Mechanisms controlling the activity of free aluminum (Al) in Bw1 horizons of soils developed from volcanic ash deposits in Japan were investigated by means of acid-base titrations and kinetic studies. In a Bw1 horizon, with a high content of acid-oxalate extractable Al, soil solution reached equilibrium with short-range ordered aluminosilicates in the order of days. Relatively fast kinetics of the release and precipitation of Al and Si indicate a high reactivity of short-range ordered aluminosilicates in the soil. In the Bw1 horizon of an adjacent soil, with a high content of crystalline clay minerals like halloysite and interlayered vermiculite, solution remained well undersaturated with respect to short-range ordered aluminosilicates and aluminum hydroxide. Apparent equilibrium with respect to halloysite occurred after more than 30 days. This halloysite ( logKso0=3.740.02 (25 C)) has a solubility that is less than that reported in the literature ( logKso0=4.36 (25C)). Our findings suggest that different reactive aluminosilicates may control the activity of free Al in sub-surface horizons of volcanic ash soils with different mineralogy.

  16. Impact of medicated feed along with clay mineral supplementation on Escherichia coli resistance to antimicrobial agents in pigs after weaning in field conditions.

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    Jahanbakhsh, Seyedehameneh; Kabore, Kiswendsida Paul; Fravalo, Philippe; Letellier, Ann; Fairbrother, John Morris

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to examine changes in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) phenotype and virulence and AMR gene profiles in Escherichia coli from pigs receiving in-feed antimicrobial medication following weaning and the effect of feed supplementation with a clay mineral, clinoptilolite, on this dynamic. Eighty E. coli strains isolated from fecal samples of pigs receiving a diet containing chlortetracycline and penicillin, with or without 2% clinoptilolite, were examined for antimicrobial resistance to 15 antimicrobial agents. Overall, an increased resistance to 10 antimicrobials was observed with time. Supplementation with clinoptilolite was associated with an early increase but later decrease in blaCMY-2, in isolates, as shown by DNA probe. Concurrently, a later increase in the frequency of blaCMY-2 and the virulence genes iucD and tsh was observed in the control pig isolates, being significantly greater than in the supplemented pigs at day 28. Our results suggest that, in the long term, supplementation with clinoptilolite could decrease the prevalence of E. coli carrying certain antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes. PMID:26412523

  17. Rare-earth mobility across an interface and also beyond between selected soil clay mineral particles and roots of a selected plant interface: A view based on an experimental study.

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    Weber, R.; Schneider, J.; Chaudhuri, S.

    2009-04-01

    Some recent suggestions of the essentiality of rare-earth elements (REE) for plants have generated much interest in gathering information about processes of mineral weathering in root environments and acquisition of REE by plants from such environments. An additional recent interest on plant acquisition of metals is gaining ground in finding out the measures of plant contribution of various metals present in river water at a regional or global scale. To monitor the path of transfer of REE from a clay mineral rich soil medium to roots of a plant, a species of poplar plant (Populus eugenei) was grown, using small cuttings of stems from a previous poplar plant, in a Ca-smectite clay as a soil medium under a laboratory condition. The <2-micrometer fraction of the clay prior to the planting of the poplar had a total REE concentration of 275 ppm . In contrast , the root attached >2-micron fraction clay had a concentration of 203 ppm. The relatively low concentration for the root clay was accompanied by a slight enrichment in LREE (light rare-earth element) with a small Ce negative anomaly as compared to the equivalent fine clay fraction having no influence of the plant. The translocation of the clay REE from the apparently rhizosphere environment to the roots was, as expected in conformity with the REE fractionation that was observed in the root clays, marked by an enrichment in HREE (heavy rare-earth element), but with some positive Ce, Eu, and Gd anomalies, for the plant roots relative to the clays attached to the roots. The total REE concentration of the plant roots was nearly 39 ppm per gram of dry material. New stems grown from earlier (older) stems had REE concentrations of about 0.19 ppm per gram of dry material, whereas old stems from which new shoots grew (making up the new stems) had concentrations of about 0.22 ppm per gram of dry material. The new stems were found to be only slightly enriched in LREE but with a positive Eu anomaly relative to the older stems from which the new stems grew. The leaves that grew from new stems had a REE concentration of nearly 14 ppm per gram of dry material. The new leaves, however, were HREE enriched with negative anomalies of Sm, Eu, and Gd relative to the new stems from which the leaves grew. The REE patterns in plant organs are reflective of intercellular processes of enzyme influence coupled with reductive adsorptive mechanisms. If river waters could be found with an HREE trend for the dissolved REE, plant organs releasing such REE following decomposition could be a contributing factor to this trend in river waters.

  18. Radiocesium sorption in relation to clay mineralogy of paddy soils in Fukushima, Japan.

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    Nakao, Atsushi; Ogasawara, Sho; Sano, Oki; Ito, Toyoaki; Yanai, Junta

    2014-01-15

    Relationships between Radiocesium Interception Potential (RIP) and mineralogical characteristics of the clay fraction isolated from 97 paddy soils (Hama-dori, n = 25; Naka-dori, n = 36; Aizu, n = 36) in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan were investigated to clarify the mineralogical factors controlling the (137)Cs retention ability of soils (half-life 30.1 y). Of all the fission products released by the Fukushima accident, (137)Cs is the most important long-term contributor to the environmental contamination. The RIP, a quantitative index of the (137)Cs retention ability, was determined for the soil clays. The composition of clay minerals in the soil clays was estimated from peak areas obtained using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The predominant clay mineral was smectite in soils from Hama-dori and Aizu, while this was variable for those from Naka-dori. Native K content of the soil clays was found to be an indicator of the amount of micaceous minerals. The average RIP for the 97 soil clays was 7.8 mol kg(-1), and ranged from 2.4 mol kg(-1) to 19.4 mol kg(-1). The RIP was significantly and positively correlated with native K content for each of the geographical regions, Hama-dori (r = 0.76, p < 0.001), Naka-dori (r = 0.43, p < 0.05), and Aizu (r = 0.76, P < 0.001), while it was not related to the relative abundance of smectite. The linear relationship between RIP and native K content not only indicate a large contribution of micaceous minerals to the (137)Cs retention ability of the soil clays, but also could be used to predict the (137)Cs retention ability of soil clays for other paddy fields in Fukushima and other areas. PMID:24055668

  19. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2013-01-01

    Four companies — H.C. Spinks Clay Co., Inc., Imerys, Old Hickory Clay Co. and Unimin Corp. — mined ball clay in five U.S. states in 2012. Production, on the basis of preliminary data, was 900 kt (992,000 st), with an estimated value of $42.3 million. This was a slight increase in tonnage from 886 kt (977,000 st), with a value of $40.9 million in 2011. Tennessee was the leading ball clay producing state, with 63 percent of domestic production, followed by Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Indiana. Reported ball clay production from Indiana probably was fire clay rather than ball clay. About 69 percent of total ball clay production was airfloat, 20 percent was crude and 11 percent was water-slurried.

  20. Fire clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2011-01-01

    The article discusses the latest developments in the fire clay industry, particularly in the U.S., as of June 2011. It claims that the leading fire clay producer in the U.S. is the state of Missouri. The other major producers include California, Texas and Washington. It reports that the use of heavy clay products made of fire clay like brick, cement and lightweight aggregate has increased slightly in 2010.

  1. Common clay and shale

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    Virta, R.L.

    2001-01-01

    Part of the 2000 annual review of the industrial minerals sector. A general overview of the common clay and shale industry is provided. In 2000, U.S. production increased by 5 percent, while sales or use declined to 23.6 Mt. Despite the slowdown in the economy, no major changes are expected for the market.

  2. Clay Houses

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    Pedro, Cathy

    2011-01-01

    In this article, the author describes a project designed for fourth-graders that involves making clay relief sculptures of houses. Knowing the clay houses will become a family heirloom makes this lesson even more worth the time. It takes three classes to plan and form the clay, and another two to underglaze and glaze the final products.

  3. Abundances and distribution of minerals and elements in high-alumina coal fly ash from the Jungar Power Plant, Inner Mongolia, China

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    Dai, S.; Zhao, L.; Peng, S.; Chou, C.-L.; Wang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Li, D.; Sun, Y.

    2010-01-01

    The fly ash from the Jungar Power Plant, Inner Mongolia, China, is unique because it is highly enriched in alumina (Al2O3>50%). The fly ash mainly consists of amorphous glass and mullite and trace amounts of corundum, quartz, char, calcite, K-feldspar, clay minerals, and Fe-bearing minerals. The mullite content in fly ash is as high as 37.4% because of high boehmite and kaolinite contents in feed coal. Corundum is a characteristic mineral formed during the combustion of boehmite-rich coal.Samples from the economizer were sieved into six size fractions (<120, 120-160, 160-300, 300-360, 360-500, and >500 mesh) and separated into magnetic, mullite+corundum+quartz (MCQ) and glass phases for mineralogical and chemical analysis. The corundum content increases but amorphous glass decreases with decreasing particle size. Fractions of small particle sizes are relatively high in mullite, probably because mullite was formed from fine clay mineral particles under high-temperature combustion condition. Similarly, fine corundum crystals formed in the boiler from boehmite in feed coal. The magnetic phase consists of hematite, magnetite, magnesioferrite, and MgFeAlO4 crystals. The MCQ phase is composed of 89% mullite, 6.1% corundum, 4.5% quartz, and 0.5% K-feldspar.Overall, the fly ash from the power plant is significantly enriched in Al2O3 with an average of 51.9%, but poor in SiO2, Fe2O3, CaO, MgO, Na2O, P2O5, and As. Arsenic, TiO2, Th, Al2O3, Bi, La, Ga, Ni, and V are high in mullite, and the magnetic matter is enriched in Fe2O3, CaO, MnO, TiO2, Cs, Co, As, Cd, Ba, Ni, Sb, MgO, Zn, and V. The remaining elements are high in the glass fraction. The concentration of K2O, Na2O, P2O5, Nb, Cr, Ta, U, W, Rb, and Ni do not clearly vary with particle size, while SiO2 and Hg decrease and the remaining elements clearly increase with decreasing particle size. ?? 2009 Elsevier B.V.

  4. Fire clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2013-01-01

    Four companies mined fire clay in three states in 2012. Production, based on a preliminary survey of the fire clay industry, was estimated to be 230 kt (254,000 st) valued at $6.98 million, an increase from 215 kt (237,000 st) valued at $6.15 million in 2011. Missouri was the leading producing state, followed by Colorado and Texas, in decreasing order by quantity. The number of companies mining fire clay declined in 2012 because several common clay producers that occasionally mine fire clay indicated that they did not do so in 2012.

  5. Effect of Cadmium on Fungi and on Interactions Between Fungi and Bacteria in Soil: Influence of Clay Minerals and pH

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    Babich, H.; Stotzky, G.

    1977-01-01

    Fungi (Rhizopus stolonifer, Trichoderma viride, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. conglutinans, Cunninghamella echinulata, and several species of Aspergillus and Penicillium) tolerated higher concentrations of cadmium (Cd) when grown in soil than when grown on laboratory media, indicating that soil mitigated the toxic effects of Cd. In soil amended with clay minerals, montmorillonite provided partial or total protection against fungistatic effects of Cd, whereas additions of kaolinite provided little or no protection. Growth rates of Aspergillus niger were inhibited to a greater extent by 100 or 250 ?g of Cd per g in soil adjusted to pH 7.2 than in the same soil at its natural pH of 5.1. However, there were no differences in the growth rates of Aspergillus fischeri with 100 or 250 ?g of Cd per g in the same soil, whether at pH 5.1 or adjusted to pH 7.2. Growth of A. niger and A. fischeri in a soil contaminated with a low concentration of Cd (i.e., 28 ?g/g), obtained from a site near a Japanese smelter, did not differ significantly from growth in a soil collected some distance away and containing 4 ?g of Cd per g. Growth of A. niger in sterile soil amended with 100 ?g of Cd per g and inoculated with Bacillus cereus or Agrobacterium tumefaciens was reduced to a greater extent than in the same soil containing 100 ?g of Cd per g but no bacteria. The inhibitory effects of Agrobacterium radiobacter to A. niger were slightly reduced in the presence of 100 ?g of Cd per g, whereas the inhibitory effects of Serratia marcescens were enhanced. PMID:18085

  6. The Precursor of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Clays at Stevns Klint, Denmark, and DSDP Hole 465A.

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    Kastner, M; Asaro, F; Michel, H V; Alvarez, W; Alvarez, L W

    1984-10-12

    Results of detailed mineralogical, chemical, and oxygen isotope analyses of the clay minerals and zeolites from two Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary regions, Stevns Klint, Denmark, and Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) Hole 465A in the north central Pacific Ocean, are presented. In the central part of the Stevns Klint K/T boundary layer, the only clay mineral detected by x-ray diffraction is a pure smectite with > 95 percent expandable layers. No detrital clay minerals or quartz were observed in the clay size fraction in these beds, whereas the clay minerals above and below the boundary layer are illite and mixed-layer smectite-illite of detrital origin as well as quartz. The mineralogical purity of the clay fraction, the presence of smectite only at the boundary, and the delta(18)O value of the smectite (27.2 +/- 0.2 per mil) suggest that it formed in situ by alteration of glass. Formation from impact rather than from volcanic glass is supported by its major element chemistry. The high content of iridium and other siderophile elements is not due to the cessation of calcium carbonate deposition and resulting slow sedimentation rates. At DSDP Hole 465A, the principal clay mineral in the boundary zone (80 to 143 centimeters) is a mixed-layer smectite-illite with >/=90 percent expandable layers, accompanied by some detrital quartz and small amounts of a euhedral authigenic zeolite (clinoptilolite). The mixed-layer smectite-illite from the interval 118 to 120 centimeters in the zone of high iridium abundance has a very low rare earth element content; the negative cerium anomaly indicates formation in the marine environment. This conclusion is corroborated by the delta(18)O value of this clay mineral (27.1 +/- 0.2 per mil). Thus, this mixed-layer smectite-illite formed possibly from the same glass as the K/T boundary smectite at Stevns Klint, Denmark. PMID:17814325

  7. Mineralogy and instrumental neutron activation analysis of seven National Bureau of Standards and three Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas clay reference samples

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    Hosterman, John W.; Flanagan, F.J.; Bragg, Anne; Doughten, M.W.; Filby, R.H.; Grimm, Catherine; Mee, J.S.; Potts, P.J.; Rogers, N.W.

    1987-01-01

    The concentrations of 3 oxides and 29 elements in 7 National Bureau of Standards (NBS) and 3 Instituto de Pesquisas Techno16gicas (IPT) reference clay samples were etermined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. The analytical work was designed to test the homogeneity of constituents in three new NBS reference clays, NBS-97b, NBS-98b, and NBS-679. The analyses of variance of 276 sets of data for these three standards show that the constituents are distributed homogeneously among bottles of samples for 94 percent of the sets of data. Three of the reference samples (NBS-97, NBS-97a, and NBS-97b) are flint clays; four of the samples (NBS-98, NBS-98a, NBS-98b, and IPT-32) are plastic clays, and three of the samples (NBS-679, IPT-28, and IPT-42) are miscellaneous clays (both sedimentary and residual). Seven clays are predominantly kaolinite; the other three clays contain illite and kaolinite in the approximate ratio 3:2. Seven clays contain quartz as the major nonclay mineral. The mineralogy of the flint and plastic clays from Missouri (NBS-97a and NBS-98a) differs markedly from that of the flint and plastic clays from Pennsylvania (NBS-97, NBS-97b, NBS-98, and NBS-98b). The flint clay NBS-97 has higher average chromium, hafnium, lithium, and zirconium contents than its replacement, reference sample NBS-97b. The differences between the plastic clay NBS-98 and its replacement, NBS-98b, are not as pronounced. The trace element contents of the flint and plastic clays from Missouri, NBS-97a and NBS-98a, differ significantly from those of the clays from Pennsylvania, especially the average rare earth element (REE) contents. The trace element contents of clay sample IPT-32 differ from those of the other plastic clays. IPT-28 and IPT-42 have some average trace element contents that differ not only between these two samples but also from all the other clays. IPT-28 has the highest summation of the average REE contents of the 10 samples. The uranium content of NBS-98a, 46 parts per million, is very much higher than that of the other clays. Plots of average REE contents of the flint and plastic clays, normalized to chondritic abundances, show that the clays from Missouri differ from the same types of clay from Pennsylvania. The plot of REE contents for the miscellaneous clays shows that the normalized means for the elements lanthanum through samarium for IPT-28 are much greater than those for the other miscellaneous clays. The means for the elements europium through lutetium are similar for all three miscellaneous clays.

  8. Mixed-Layered Clays as Evidence for Widespread Diagenesis on Mars

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    Milliken, R.; Bristow, T. F.; Bish, D. L.

    2011-12-01

    The abundance of clay mineral deposits in the >3.5 Ga Noachian crust of Mars suggests widespread water-rock interaction and aqueous alteration during the first billion years of the planet's history. In addition, the ancient rock record of Mars is remarkably well preserved compared with that of Earth due to the lack of crustal recycling. However, aqueous and eolian sedimentation, volcanism, and deposition of impact ejecta all likely contributed to the geologic record of Mars for several billion years, and all of these processes would contribute to the burial of near-surface sediments. On Earth, the burial of smectitic clay minerals results in the formation of mixed-layered clay minerals, commonly illite/smectite or chlorite/smectite, which are ultimately transformed to illite and chlorite, respectively. The rate and extent of these processes depend on factors such as initial smectite composition, fluid chemistry, time, and temperature. The oldest smectites on Earth may only be 600 Myr old, whereas smectites identified on Mars are inferred to be >3.5 Gyr old, a remarkable difference even in the absence of plate tectonics for the latter. If Martian clay mineral deposits are truly this ancient and still smectitic, then this would have profound implications for geothermal gradients and/or the duration of water-rock interaction in the ancient crust. Here we examine visible-near infrared CRISM spectra for a variety of Martian clay deposits in greater detail, exploring the possibility that many previously identified smectite deposits are more consistent with mixed-layered chlorite/smectite. Analysis of laboratory data for di- and trioctahedral smectites and mixed-layered chlorite/smectite reveals that subtle differences in the reflectance spectra between these clay minerals can be parameterized and thus allow them to be distinguished from each other. Alhough some ambiguity exists in distinguishing physical mixtures of chlorite and smectite from mixed-layered chlorite/smectite, these cases can often be identified by visual inspection of the reflectance spectra. Application of our derived parameters to CRISM spectra reveals that most clay mineral deposits on Mars are consistent with mixed-layered chlorite/smectite or chlorite, and that smectitic clays are relatively uncommon. This suggests that most clay minerals on Mars have experienced some degree of chloritization and diagenesis if they were originally formed as smectite. Future work that helps to constrain the exact degree of chloritization may also help to constrain the geothermal gradient on early Mars, longevity of crustal fluid circulation, and the potential for Martian clay deposits to preserve organic material.

  9. Fire clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2006-01-01

    In 2005, six companies mined fire clay in Missouri, Ohio and South Carolina. Production was estimate to be 300 kt with a value of $8.3 million. Missouri was the leading producer state followed by Ohio and South Carolina. For the third consecutive year, sales and use of fire clays have been relatively unchanged. For the next few years, sales of fire clay is forecasted to remain around 300 kt/a.

  10. Clay Minerals in Response to the Mid-Pliocene Global Warmth in Polar Regions (ODP, Site 911, Yermak Plateau, Arctic Ocean and Site 1165, Prydz Bay, Antarctica)

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    Junttila, J.; Strand, K.

    2005-12-01

    The Mid-Pliocene global warmth (MPGW), a period when the global average temperatures were significantly warmer than the present, was possibly caused by higher CO2 levels than today and significantly stronger ocean thermohaline circulation due to drastic climatic changes in the Southern Ocean. In the Northern Hemisphere, MPGW could have been one decisive trigger for the intensification of glaciation at 2.7 Ma. Some recent studies in the East Antarctica have shown that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) may have varied from a polythermal, dynamic condition to a predominantly cold stable state as recently as the Pliocene period, including MPGW. This presentation may illuminate the Mid-Pliocene climate conditions of the Arctic Ocean and the dynamics of the EAIS based on a clay mineral study. Research of this kind, integrated with other proxies, can provide some indication of how the Earth may respond to the future global warming The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 911 was drilled on the Yermak Plateau, Arctic Ocean to a depth of 505.8 meters below the seafloor (mbsf). It contained sediments from the Pliocene to Pleistocene ages. ODP Site 1165 was drilled on the Wild Drift on the Continental Rise off Prydz Bay, East Antarctica, to a total depth of 999.1 mbsf. Of special interest is the sediment column between 0 and 50 mbsf, which consists of a well-preserved section of Pliocene- to Pleistocene-age sediments. The Pliocene sediments at Site 911 have higher smectite content and lower kaolinite and chlorite contents compared to the Pleistocene samples. This may indicate more active sea-ice conditions for smectite transportation from the Kara and Laptev Seas during the Pliocene compared to the Pleistocene sea-ice transportation conditions. The Mid-Pliocene sediments at Site 1165 show increasing smectite contents and decreasing illite contents and suggest that the EAIS at that time may have been more dynamic than that during the Plio-Pleistocene transition, to which the results were compared.

  11. Light-stable-isotope studies of spring and thermal waters from the Roosevelt Hot Springs and Cove Fort/Sulphurdale Thermal areas and of clay minerals from the Roosevelt Hot Springs thermal area

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    Bowman, J.R.; Rohrs, D.T.

    1981-10-01

    The isotopic compositions of hydrogen and oxygen have been determined for spring waters and thermal fluids from the Roosevelt Hot Springs and Cove Fort-Sulphurdale thermal areas, for clay mineral separates from shallow alteration of the acid-sulfate type in the Roosevelt Hot Springs area, and for spring and well waters from the Goshen Valley area of central Utah. The water analyses in the Roosevelt Hot Springs thermal area confirm the origin of the thermal fluids from meteoric water in the Mineral Range. The water analyses in the Cove Fort-Sulphurdale thermal area restrict recharge areas for this system to the upper elevations of the Pavant and/or Tushar Ranges. The low /sup 18/O shift observed in these thermal fluids (+0.7 permil) implies either high water/rock ratios or incomplete isotope exchange or both, and further suggests minimal interaction between the thermal fluid and marble country rock in the system. Hydrogen and oxygen-isotope data for clay mineral separates from shallow alteration zones in the Roosevelt Hot Springs thermal system suggest that the fluids responsible for the shallow acid-sulfate alteration were in part derived from condensed steam produced by boiling of the deep reservoir fluid. The isotope evidence supports the chemical model proposed by Parry et al. (1980) for origin of the acid-sulfate alteration at Roosevelt Hot Springs. The isotope analyses of spring and well waters from the Goshen Valley area indicate only a general correlation of isotope composition, salinity and chemical temperatures.

  12. Effect of Overpressure Caused By Clay Dehydration on the Triggering of Fault Slip

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    Lin, W. S.; Liu, C. W.; Chang, H. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Many investigations currently show that the pore fluid pressure has been observed to influence the thrust fault strength and slip behavior and updip limit of the seismogenic zone. Clay dehydration is one key control on overpressure generation under undrained condition in thermal pressurization processes. Increasing pressure and temperature with depth depending on the local geological setting and conditions can cause clay dehydration which has been proposed as an explanation for the generation of overpressure. However, study about the effect of excess pore pressure caused by clay dehydration on the triggering of earthquake is seldom addressed in Taiwan. The fault zones in Taiwan like the Chelungpu Fault, clay minerals are abundant in the fault gouge. Therefore, to quantify the effect of overpressure caused by clay dehydration on the triggering of earthquake under undrained condition, we adopt the chemical kinetic model to calculate the amount of water expelled from clay dehydration; derive the three-dimensional governing equation of groundwater flow with clay dehydration varied with pressure and temperature, and simplify a one-dimensional analytical solution of overpressure in fault zones; follow the Coulomb-Mohr frictional failure model of earthquake occurrence to evaluate the influence of the pore pressure on the change of effective Coulomb stress. The results show that the overpressure is greater than the value of 0.01 MPa in fault zones derived from one-dimensional analytical solution. However, Coulomb stress increases of ?0.01 MPa have been shown to be associated with seismicity rate increase and in many cases triggering earthquakes. Therefore the result denotes that the triggering of earthquake will be progressed. The result could prove to be a feasible examining tool for evaluation of overpressure influence on triggering of earthquake, especially when considering faults with abundant clay minerals of smectite.

  13. Investigating the Influence of Clay Mineralogy on Stream Bank Erodibility

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    Ambers, R. K.; Stine, M. B.

    2005-12-01

    Soil scientists concerned with erosion of agricultural fields and geotechnical engineers concerned with the mechanical behavior of soils under different conditions have both examined the role of clay mineralogy in controlling soil/sediment properties. Fluvial geomorphologists studying stream channel erosion and stability have focused more on the effects of particle-size distribution, vegetation and rooting. The clay mineralogy of bed and bank sediment has the potential to influence cohesiveness and erodibility, however. The goal of this study is to determine the influence of clay mineralogy on the erodibility of natural stream bank sediment, utilizing techniques drawn from pedology and soil mechanics. Bank samples were collected from eleven sites in small watersheds in central and western Virginia. To obtain sediment containing a range of different clay minerals, watersheds with different types of bedrock were chosen for sampling. Rock types included mafic to felsic metamorphic and igneous rocks, shale, sandstone, and limestone. Where stream bank materials were clearly stratified, different layers were sampled separately. X-ray diffraction of the clay-fraction of the sediment indicates the presence of kaolinite, illite, vermiculite, and mixed-layer clay minerals in various abundances in the different samples. Clay content is 9-46%, as determined by the hydrometer method, and textures range from silty clay and silt loam to clay loam and sandy loam. Organic mater contents range from 1-5% by the loss-on-ignition method. Bulk density of intact sediment samples averages 1.5 g/cc. Liquid limits range from 23-41 with one sample having a value of 65; plasticity indices range from 15-22. While these tests predict that the samples would show a range of mechanical behaviors, the channel morphology at the sampling sites was not strikingly different, all having steep cut banks eroded primarily by scour with no evidence of mass movement and most having a width/depth ratio around 4.5. The ASTM pinhole test for identifying dispersive clay soils is being adapted to measure erodibility of intact and remolded sediment samples in the laboratory to look for more subtle differences in behavior under erosive conditions. Factors such as the extent and method of sample compaction are being taken into account in order to standardize the method.

  14. Abundance of CO2-rich fluid inclusions in a sedimentary basin-hosted Cu deposit at Jinman, Yunnan, China: implications for mineralization environment and classification of the deposit

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    Chi, Guoxiang; Xue, Chunji

    2011-04-01

    The Jinman Cu deposit is hosted in sandstones and slates of the Jurassic Huakaizuo Formation in the Mesozoic to Cenozoic Lanping basin in western Yunnan, China. Despite the fact that Cu mineralization occurs mainly in quartz-carbonate veins controlled by faults and fractures, the Jinman deposit was classified as a sediment-hosted stratiform Cu deposit, mainly because it is hosted in a sedimentary basin characterized by abundant red beds with many stratiform Cu deposits. A detailed petrographic and microthermometric study of fluid inclusions from the Jinman deposit reveals the presence of abundant CO2-rich fluid inclusions, together with aqueous inclusions. The CO2-rich inclusions have CO2 melting temperatures mainly from -58.0C to -56.6C, homogenization temperatures of the carbonic phase (mostly into the liquid phase) mainly between 22C and 30C, clathrate melting temperatures from 1.8C to 9.2C, with corresponding salinities from 1.6 to 13.4 wt.% NaCl equivalent, and total homogenization temperatures from 226C to 330C. The aqueous inclusions have first melting temperatures from -60C to -52C, ice melting temperatures from -41.4C to -2.3C, with salinities from 3.9 to 29.0 wt.% NaCl equivalent, and total homogenization temperatures mainly from 140C to 250C. These fluid inclusion characteristics are comparable to those of orogenic or magmatic mineralization systems and are uncharacteristic of basinal mineralization systems, suggesting that it is inappropriate to classify the Jinman deposit as a sediment-hosted stratiform Cu deposit. The results of this study, together with geochemical data reported previously, suggest that the Jinman deposit formed in a hydrothermal system that involved both extra-basinal, deeply sourced CO2-rich fluid and basinal, aqueous fluid.

  15. A review of conditions affecting the radiolysis due to 40K on nucleic acid bases and their derivatives adsorbed on clay minerals: implications in prebiotic chemistry.

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    Mosqueira, F G; Albarran, G; Negron-Mendoza, A

    1996-02-01

    This paper describes the possible effects of ionizing radiation arising from long-lived soluble radionuclides within clays, in particular 40K, at the epoch of the emergence of life on Earth. The free dispersion of soluble radionuclides constitutes an effective in situ irradiation mechanism that might have acted upon adsorbed nucleic bases and their derivatives on clays, inducing chemical changes on these organic molecules. Several types of well documented reactions for radiolysis of nucleic acid bases and their derivatives are known, even at low doses (i.e., 0.1 Gy). For example, estimates with a dose rate calculated from 40K from deep sea clays at 3.8 Ga ago, indicates that over a period of 1000 years the amount of organic material transformated is 1.8 X 10(-7) moles/kg-clay. Although ionizing radiation may also induce synthetic reactions with prebiological interest, all in all these considerations indicate that nucleic acid bases and their derivatives adsorbed on clays were exposed for long periods to degradation conditions. Such situation promotes decomposition of organic molecules rather than protection of them and enhancement of farther polymerization, as it has been usually taken for granted. PMID:11536747

  16. Rare earth element abundances in rocks and minerals from the Fiskenaesset Complex, West Greenland. [comparison with lunar anorthosites

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    Henderson, P.; Fishlock, S. J.; Laul, J. C.; Cooper, T. D.; Conard, R. L.; Boynton, W. V.; Schmitt, R. A.

    1976-01-01

    The paper reports activation-analysis determinations of rare-earth-element (REE) and other trace-element concentrations in selected rocks, plagioclase, and mafic separates from the Fiskenaesset Complex. The REE abundances are found to be very low and atypical in comparison with other terrestrial anorthosites. The plagioclases are shown to be characterized by a deficiency in heavy RE elements relative to light ones and a positive Eu anomaly, while the mafic separates are enriched in heavy rare earths and have no Eu anomaly, except in one sample. It is found that the bulk and trace-element abundances of the plagioclases are similar to those observed in some lunar anorthosites, but the degree of Eu anomaly is less in the plagioclases. The data are taken as confirmation of the idea that fractionation processes were involved in the origin of the Complex, and it is concluded that the Complex may have been produced from a magma generated by partial melting of a garnet-bearing source.

  17. Mineral Composition and Abundance of the Rocks and Soils at Gusev and Meridiani from the Mars Exploration Rover Mini-TES Instruments

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    Christensen, P. R.; Wyatt, M. B.; Glotch, T. D.; Rogers, A. D.; Anwar, S.; Arvidson, R. E.; Bandfield, J. L.; Blaney, D. L.; Budney, C.; Calvin, W. M.

    2005-01-01

    The Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) has provided remote measurements of mineralogy, thermophysical properties, and atmospheric temperature profile and composition of the outcrops, rocks, spherules, and soils surrounding the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers. The mineralogy of volcanic rocks provides insights into the composition of the source regions and the nature of martian igneous processes. Carbonates, sulfates, evaporites, and oxides provide information on the role of water in the surface evolution. Oxides, such as crystalline hematite, provide insight into aqueous weathering processes, as would the occurrence of clay minerals and other weathering products. Diurnal temperature measurements can be used to determine particle size and search for the effects of sub-surface layering, which in turn provide clues to the origin of surficial materials through rock disintegration, aeolian transport, atmospheric fallout, or induration. In addition to studying the surface properties, Mini-TES spectra have also been used to determine the temperature profile in the lower boundary layer, providing evidence for convective activity, and have determined the seasonal trends in atmospheric temperature and dust and cloud opacity.

  18. Clay alteration of volcaniclastic material in a submarine geothermal system, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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    Hocking, Michael W. A.; Hannington, Mark D.; Percival, Jeanne B.; Stoffers, Peter; Schwarz-Schampera, Ulrich; de Ronde, C. E. J.

    2010-04-01

    The Calypso Hydrothermal Vent Field (CHVF) is located along an offshore extension of the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ), an area of abundant volcanism and geothermal activity on the North Island of New Zealand. The field occurs within a northeast-trending submarine depression on the continental shelf approximately 10-15 km southwest of the White Island volcano in the Bay of Plenty. The graben has been partially filled by tephra from regional subaerial volcanic eruptions, and active hydrothermal venting occurs at several locations along its length. The vents occur at water depths of 160 to 190 m and have temperatures up to 201 °C. Recovered samples from the vent field include variably cemented and veined volcaniclastic sediments containing an assemblage of clay minerals, amorphous silica, barite, As-Sb-Hg sulfides, and abundant native sulfur. The volcanic glass has been altered primarily to montmorillonite and mixed-layer illite-montmorillonite; illite, and possibly minor talc and mixed-layer chlorite-smectite or chlorite-vermiculite are also present. A hydrothermal versus diagenetic origin for the smectite is indicated by the presence of both illite and mixed-layer clays and by the correlation between the abundance of clay minerals and the abundance of native sulfur in the samples. The mineralization and alteration of the volcanic host rocks are similar to that observed in near-neutral pH geothermal systems on land in the TVZ (e.g., Broadlands-Ohaaki). However, the clay minerals in the CHVF have a higher concentration of Mg in the dioctahedral layer and a higher interlayer Na content than clay minerals from Broadlands-Ohaaki, reflecting the higher concentrations of Mg and Na in seawater compared to meteoric water. Minerals formed at very low pH (e.g., kaolinite and alunite), typical of steam-heated acid-sulfate type alteration in the TVZ geothermal environment, were not found. Mixing with seawater likely prevented the formation of such low-pH mineral assemblages. The occurrence of illite and mixed-layer illite-smectite close to the seafloor in the CHVF, rather than at depth as in the Broadlands system, is interpreted to reflect the higher pressures associated with submarine venting. This allows hotter fluids to be discharged before they boil, and thus minerals that are encountered mainly at depth in subaerial geothermal systems can form close to the seafloor.

  19. Fire clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2012-01-01

    Five companies mined fire clay in four states in 2011. Production, based on a preliminary survey of the fire clay industry, was estimated to be 240 kt (265,000 st), valued at $7.68 million, an increase from 216 kt (238,000 st), valued at $6.12 million in 2010. Missouri was the leading producing state, followed by Texas, Washington and Ohio, in decreasing order by quantity.

  20. Smart Clays: SAFOD Samples Confirm the Key Role of Newly-formed Clays in Shallow Fault Zones

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    Schleicher, A.; van der Pluijm, B.; Warr, L. N.

    2013-12-01

    Analysis of fault rocks from drill-cores of the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) project in Parkfield (CA) confirm our original hypothesis that active clay growth can occur locally at shallow conditions and that such clay localization affect fault mechanics and fault creep in particular. SAFOD fault rocks contain a variety of newly formed clay minerals including smectite, illite-smectite and chlorite-smectite, as well as illite and chlorite. Brecciated host rock fragments are abundantly coated by polished and/or striated thin-films of hydrated clay minerals, creating an interconnected and pervasive network of displacement surfaces. Ar encapsulation dating of mixed-layer nanocoatings demonstrates recent crystallization and reveal an 'older' fault strand (~8 Ma) at 3066 m measured depth and a 'younger' fault strand (~4 Ma) at 3296 m measured depth. Today, the younger strand is the site of active creep behavior, demonstrating continued (re)activation of clay-weakened zones. Recent experimental work on aseismically creeping segments of SAFOD samples showed frictional strengths that are significantly weaker than neighboring wall rocks, offering independent validation of our model. Using a range of analytical methods that include X-ray diffraction, X-ray goniometry, elemental analysis and electron microscopy, we determined the location and nature of smectitic clay minerals in borehole samples, to assess the extent of smectitic phases in space and depth, any fault zone fabric development, and the swelling behavior of smectitic phases within the fault zone. Beyond the occurrence of illite-smectite in these relatively shallow fault rocks, the localized concentration of chlorite-smectite can extend the role of smectitic clays to depths down to ~10 km. We conclude that ultrathin hydrous clay films, or nanocoatings, on displacement surfaces play a key role in influencing weak fault and creep behavior along the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield, and likely in shallow faults systems elsewhere. These results indicate that scenarios involving talc/serpentine phases or locally enhanced fluid pressure as explanations for mechanically weak crustal faults are not required.

  1. Clay petrology of the Upper Triassic/Lower Jurassic terrestrial strata of the Newark Supergroup, Connecticut Valley, U.S.A.

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    April, Richard H.

    1981-08-01

    The clay mineralogy of the Newark Supergroup (Upper Triassic/Lower Jurassic) in the Connecticut Valley was studied by X-ray diffraction analysis. Clay minerals identified in 126 samples are illite, chlorite, smectite, kaolinite, vermiculite, expandable chlorite, mixed-layer illite/smectite, mixed-layer chlorite/smectite, and mixed-layer chlorite/vermiculite. In general, the rocks are illitic with subordinate amounts of chlorite. However, the various lithofacies in the Newark Supergroup are characterized by distinct clay-mineral assemblages. Red beds of floodplain origin contain clays mainly of detrital nature with 2M illite most abundant. Subordinate amounts of chlorite, smectite, vermiculite, kaolinite and mixed-layer illite/smectite are also present. An interstratified chlorite/vermiculite occurs in red mudstone underlying basalt flows. Lacustrine gray beds are generally characterized by the clay-mineral assemblage 1Md illite + chlorite with minor amounts of smectite ane expandable chlorite. An interstratified chlorite/smectite predominates in gray mudstone associated with perennial lake cycles in the East Berlin Formation. Black shales of deeper lacustrine origin contain the assemblage 1Md ifillite + trioctahedral smectite and traces of chlorite. Illite and smectite also occur as mixed-layer phases. In many respects, the distribution of clay minerals in the Connecticut Valley can be likened to the general scheme proposed for the Permo-Triassic basins of Europe and Africa. These display both vertical and horizontal variations in clay-mineral assemblages that reflect the chemical and spatiotemporal evolution of intrabasin depositional and diagenetic environments. Chemical data indicate that magnesium, especially, was concentrated in the black muds of large perennial lakes that intermittently occupied the Connecticut rift valley. Pore waters derived from these sediments played an important role in the development of Mg-rich 2 : 1 and interstratified clay minerals during early diagenesis.

  2. Chemical disaggregation of kaolinitic claystones (tonsteins and flint clays)

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    Triplehorn, D.M.; Bohor, B.F.; Betterton, W.J.

    2002-01-01

    The coarse, non-clay fraction of many flint-like kaolinitic claystones often contains mineral grains diagnostic of the claystone's origin and, in the case of tonsteins (altered volcanic ashes), may also provide minerals suitable for radiometric dating. Separation of the non-clay mineral fraction is often difficult because flint clays and flint-like clays resist slaking in water and thus are difficult to disaggregate. Chemical disaggregation of resistant kaolinitic claystones may be achieved by immersion in either hydrazine monohydrate or DMSO for periods ranging from one day to several weeks. Generally, hydrazine monohydrate works more quickly and efficiently than DMSO to disaggregate most kaolinitic claystones and flint clays.

  3. Ball clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2012-01-01

    Four companies — H.C. Spinks Clay Co., Inc., Imerys Group, Old Hickory Clay Co., and Unimin Corp. — mined ball clay in four states in 2011. Production, on the basis of preliminary data, was 940 kt (1.04 million st) with an estimated value of $44.2 million. This is a 3-percent increase in tonnage from 912 kt (1.01 million st) with a value of $41.3 million that was produced in 2010. Tennessee was the leading producing state with 63 percent of domestic production, followed by Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. About 69 percent of production was airfloat, 20 percent was crude and 11 percent was water-slurried.

  4. Relations between clay mineralogy and depositional environment in the Atchafalaya basin and Terrebonne Marsh areas, south-central Louisiana

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    Stewart, K.D. ); Patrick, D.M. )

    1990-09-01

    The analyses of nearly 200 vibracore samples taken from Holocene sediments in south-central Louisiana revealed strong statistical relations between clay mineral composition and depositional environment and lithology The samples selected for study were representative of the major depositional environments, which are: backswamp, channel fill, crevasse channel, inland swamp, interdistributary bay, lacustrine or lacustrine delta, marsh, and natural levee. The dominant clay minerals from most to least abundant in both the Atchafalaya basin and Terrebonne Marsh areas were: smectite (70%), illite (18%), kaolinite (10%), and chlorite (1%). The higher concentrations of smectite occurred in the inland swamp (86%) and backswamp (83%), and the lower concentrations were found in the crevasse channel (44%) and lacustrine delta (58%). Generally, the percent smectite was inversely proportional to the relative depositional energy of the environment. The percent illite ranged from a low of 8 in the inland swamp to a high of 37 in the crevasse channel. Kaolinite was most abundant in the lacustrine delta (14%), and least abundant in the inland swamp (5%). Chlorite was 2% or less in most environments; however, the crevasse channel exhibited a concentration of 8%. In terms of lithology, the highest concentration of smectite (78%) occurred in deposits classed as clay, and the lowest (46%) occurred in organic-rich clay. Clay and organic-rich clay, respectively, also exhibited the lowest and highest concentrations of both illite and kaolinite. The high smectite content is attributable to the low energy of the clay deposits, while the low concentrations of smectite in both organic-rich and peat material are due to instability of smectite in low pH environments.

  5. The colloidal chemistry of ceramic clays

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    Phelps, G. W.

    1984-01-01

    The colloidal chemistry and mineralogy of two argil minerals were studied. Deposits of kaolin and of ceramic clays in the United States and England are discussed for the probable mechanism of formation. The structural modifications of the bed, original material associated with the clays and the proper use of flocculants are discussed.

  6. Clay energetics in chemical evolution

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    Coyne, L. M.

    1986-01-01

    Clays have been implicated in the origin of terrestrial life since the 1950's. Originally they were considered agents which aid in selecting, concentrating and promoting oligomerization of the organic monomeric substituents of cellular life forms. However, more recently, it has been suggested that minerals, with particular emphasis on clays, may have played a yet more fundamental role. It has been suggested that clays are prototypic life forms in themselves and that they served as a template which directed the self-assembly of cellular life. If the clay-life theory is to have other than conceptual credibility, clays must be shown by experiment to execute the operations of cellular life, not only individually, but also in a sufficiently concerted manner as to produce some semblance of the functional attributes of living cells. Current studies are focussed on the ability of clays to absorb, store and transfer energy under plausible prebiotic conditions and to use this energy to drive chemistry of prebiotic relevance. Conclusions of the work are applicable to the role of clays either as substrates for organic chemistry, or in fueling their own life-mimetic processes.

  7. Clay at Nili Fossae

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    2006-01-01

    This image of the Nili Fossae region of Mars was compiled from separate images taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) and the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), two instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The images were taken at 0730 UTC (2:30 a.m. EDT) on Oct. 4, 2006, near 20.4 degrees north latitude, 78.5 degrees east longitude. CRISM's image was taken in 544 colors covering 0.36 to 3.92 micrometers, and shows features as small as 18 meters (60 feet) across. HiRISE's image was taken in three colors, but its much higher resolution shows features as small as 30 centimeters (1 foot) across.

    CRISM's sister instrument on the Mars Express spacecraft, OMEGA, discovered that some of the most ancient regions of Mars are rich in clay minerals, formed when water altered the planet's volcanic rocks. From the OMEGA data it was unclear whether the clays formed at the surface during Mars' earliest history of if they formed at depth and were later exposed by impact craters or erosion of the overlying rocks. Clays are an indicator of wet, benign environments possibly suitable for biological processes, making Nili Fossae and comparable regions important targets for both CRISM and HiRISE.

    In this visualization of the combined data from the two instruments, the CRISM data were used to calculate the strengths of spectral absorption bands due to minerals present in the scene. The two major minerals detected by the instrument are olivine, a mineral characteristic of primitive igneous rocks, and clay. Areas rich in olivine are shown in red, and minerals rich in clay are shown in green. The derived colors were then overlayed on the HiRISE image.

    The area where the CRISM and HiRISE data overlap is shown at the upper left, and is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) across. The three boxes outlined in blue are enlarged to show how the different minerals in the scene match up with different landforms. In the image at the upper right, the small mesa -- a flat-topped hill -- at the center of the image is a remnant of an overlying rock layer that was eroded away. The greenish clay areas at the base of the hill were exposed by erosion of the overlying rock. The images at the upper right and lower left both show that the reddish-toned olivine occurs as sand dunes on top of the greenish clay deposits. The image at the lower right shows details of the clay-rich rock, including that they are extensively fractured into small, polygonal blocks just a few meters in size. Taken together, the CRISM and HiRISE data show that the clay-rich rocks are the oldest at the site, that they are exposed where overlying rock has been eroded away, and that the olivine is not part of the clay-rich rock. Rather it occurs in sand dunes blowing across the clay.

    Many more images of Nili Fossae and other clay-rich areas will be taken over the next two years. They will be used to try to understand the earliest climate of Mars that is recorded in the planet's rocks.

    The Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) is one of six science instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the CRISM team includes expertise from universities, government agencies and small businesses in the United States and abroad.

    CRISM's mission: Find the spectral fingerprints of aqueous and hydrothermal deposits and map the geology, composition and stratigraphy of surface features. The instrument will also watch the seasonal variations in Martian dust and ice aerosols, and water content in surface materials o leading to new understanding of the climate.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the Califonia Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor and built the spacecraft.

  8. Effect of electrolytes on the microstructure and yielding of aqueous dispersions of colloidal clay

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    Ali, Samim; Bandyopadhyay, Ranjini

    Na-montmorillonite is a natural clay mineral and is available in abundance in nature. The aqueous dispersions of charged and anisotropic platelets of this mineral exhibit non-ergodic kinetically arrested states ranging from soft glassy phases dominated by interparticle repulsions to colloidal gels stabilized by salt induced attractive interactions. When the salt concentration in the dispersing medium is varied systematically, viscoelasticity and yield stress of the dispersion show non-monotonic behavior at a critical salt concentration, thus signifying a morphological change in the dispersion microstructures. We directly visualize the microscopic structures of these kinetically arrested phases using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy. We observe the existence of honeycomb-like network morphologies for a wide range of salt concentrations. The transition of the gel morphology, dominated by overlapping coin (OC) and house of cards (HoC) associations of clay particles at low salt concentrations to a new network structure dominated by face-face coagulation of platelets, is observed across the critical salt concentration. We further assess the stability of these gels under gravity using electroacoustics. This study, performed for concentrated clay dispersions for a wide concentration range of externally added salt, is useful in our understanding of many geophysical phenomena that involve the salt induced aggregation of natural clay minerals.

  9. Effect of electrolytes on the microstructure and yielding of aqueous dispersions of colloidal clay.

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    Ali, Samim; Bandyopadhyay, Ranjini

    2016-01-14

    Na-montmorillonite is a natural clay mineral and is available in abundance in nature. The aqueous dispersions of charged and anisotropic platelets of this mineral exhibit non-ergodic kinetically arrested states ranging from soft glassy phases dominated by interparticle repulsions to colloidal gels stabilized by salt induced attractive interactions. When the salt concentration in the dispersing medium is varied systematically, viscoelasticity and yield stress of the dispersion show non-monotonic behavior at a critical salt concentration, thus signifying a morphological change in the dispersion microstructures. We directly visualize the microscopic structures of these kinetically arrested phases using cryogenic scanning electron microscopy. We observe the existence of honeycomb-like network morphologies for a wide range of salt concentrations. The transition of the gel morphology, dominated by overlapping coin (OC) and house of cards (HoC) associations of clay particles at low salt concentrations to a new network structure dominated by face-face coagulation of platelets, is observed across the critical salt concentration. We further assess the stability of these gels under gravity using electroacoustics. This study, performed for concentrated clay dispersions for a wide concentration range of externally added salt, is useful in our understanding of many geophysical phenomena that involve the salt induced aggregation of natural clay minerals. PMID:26477340

  10. Clay mineral provinces in tidal mud flats at Germany's North Sea coast with illite K-Ar ages potentially modified by biodegradation

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    Brockamp, Olaf; Clauer, Norbert

    2012-07-01

    Mineralogical studies, chemical analyses and K-Ar dating were carried out on clay fractions from tidal mud flats along the Lower Saxony coast and its bays to identify material sources and sedimentary processes at this dynamic interface between air, land and sea. From the coast into the bays, sediments are enriched in fine-grained smectite relative to the coarser grained illite, chlorite and kaolinite, due to the weakening of the tidal current energy in the bays. In addition, the study area can be divided into two provinces on the basis of the illite K/Rb ratios and Mg contents. To the west [Schiermonnikoog, Dollart, Ley Bay up to Norderney island], longshore currents carry suspensions from the Belgian and Dutch coasts; to the east [from Langeoog island, Jade Bay to the Helgoland mud area] suspensions from the Elbe and Weser rivers are mixed with submarine reworked glacial sediments, whereas the portion of longshore current suspensions from the west decreases, becoming negligible in the Helgoland mud area off the Elbe and Weser estuaries. The illite K-Ar data vary considerably and fail as source indicators due to differential settling and mixing of the clay material and probably to Ar loss from illite by biodegradation during digestive processes. Only further offshore, outside the zone of dynamic sediment dispersion, do the K-Ar data fit provenance patterns.

  11. A possible energetic role of mineral surfaces in chemical evolution.

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    Coyne, L M

    1985-01-01

    The postulated roles of clays and other minerals in chemical evolution and the origin of life are reconsidered in terms of the interaction of these minerals with penetrating sources of energy such as ionizing radiation and mechanical stress. This interaction, including such facets as excitation, degradation, storage, and transfer, is considered here with regard to its profound potential for altering the capabilities of minerals to serve both as substrates for prebiological chemistry and as inorganic prototypic life forms. The interaction of minerals and energy in relationship to surface chemistry is discussed in terms of the spectroscopic properties of minerals, the interaction of energy with condensed phases, some commonly accepted concepts of heterogeneous catalysis in the absence of electronic energy inputs, and some commonly accepted and novel means by which surface activity might be enhanced in the presence of energy inputs. An estimation is made of the potential contribution of two poorly characterized prebiotic energy sources, natural radioactive decay and triboelectric energy. These estimates place a conservative lower limit on their prebiotic abundance. Also some special properties of these energy sources, relative to solar energy, are pointed out which might give them particular suitability for driving reactions occurring under geological conditions. Skeletal support for this broadly defined framework of demonstrated and potential relationships between minerals, electronic excitation, and surface reactivity, as applied to chemical evolution, is provided from the results of our studies on 1/1 clays. We have discovered and partially characterized a number of novel luminescent properties of these clays, that indicate energy storage and transfer processes in clays. These luminescent properties are interpreted in relationship to the electron spin resonance phenomena, to provide a basis for estimating the potential significance of energy storage and transduction in monitoring or driving clay surface chemistry. Consideration of the electronic structure of abundant minerals in terms of band theory and localized defect centers provides a predictive theoretical framework from which to rationalize the capacity of these materials to store and transduce energy. The bulk crystal is seen as a collecting antenna for electronic energy, with the defect centers serving as storage sites. The clay properties produced by isomorphic substitution appear to be intimately associated with all of the life-mimetic chemical processes that have been attributed to clays.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:3903606

  12. Clay for Little Fingers.

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    Koster, Joan Bouza

    1999-01-01

    Discusses the renewed interest in clay as a modeling compound in early childhood programs; describes the nature of clay and presents a working vocabulary. Suggests methods of working with clay, including introducing clay to children, discovering its uses, clean up, firing clay, and finishing baked clay. Includes activity suggestions and

  13. Constraints on Mineral-Phase Abundances and Compositions in the Low-Albedo Northern Plains of Mars using MGS-TES, OMEGA, and Laboratory Spectral Data.

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    Wyatt, M. B.; Mustard, J. F.

    2006-12-01

    The abundances and compositions of mineral-phases in the low-albedo northern plains of Mars have been a focus of considerable study and debate in recent years. Large expanses of Acidalia Planitia surface materials are characterized by the MGS-TES Surface Type 2 (ST2) spectral endmember [1]. The ST2 spectrum is distinguished by a rounded, slightly V-shaped 800 to 1200 wavenumber region of absorption and uniform absorption at low wavenumbers. The same areas are also characterized by an OMEGA spectral signature that is relatively featureless, but with a strong blue slope (decreasing reflectance as a function of wavelength) from 0.9 to 2.6 microns [2]. A central question with both observations is whether they represent the spectral signature of a high-silica primary volcanic lithology (andesite) or the effects of chemical alteration on basaltic surface materials. Ambiguity in classifying the ST2 lithology arises because a spectral component of this unit (20-30 vol %) can be interpreted as volcanic siliceous glass [1, 3] (an abundant phase in andesite) or a combination of secondary phases found in altered basalt (amorphous silica-rich coatings, palagonite, smectite, and zeolite) [4-8]. Similarly, the OMEGA spectrum lacks evidence of distinct mafic mineral bands (found in andesite) as well as molecular vibration absorptions due to H2O and/or OH-, which might indicate the presence of well- crystalline alteration products and phyllosilicates [2]. Constraining these compositions is significant for understanding the petrogenesis of the Martian crust and its subsequent alteration. Identification of widespread andesite may imply an early episode of plate tectonics on Mars while altered basalt would indicate extensive surface-volatile interactions. The objective of this study is to combine TES and OMEGA observations of the low-albedo northern plains for comparison to laboratory thermal infrared and visible/near-infrared measurements of primary volcanic lithologies (basalt to dacite) and chemically weathered basalts from different terrestrial environments. Thermal infrared emission and visible/near-infrared reflectance measurements will be performed on rock chips, sorted particle sizes, and soil samples. Emission spectra have been acquired at Arizona State University using a Nicolet Nexus 670 FTIR spectrometer that has been modified to measure emitted energy over the range of 5 to 50 microns at 2 wavenumber spectral sampling. Bidirectional reflectance measurements from 0.32 to 2.55 microns at 0.05 micron sampling will be collected at the Brown University RELAB facility. Work by [5] on palagonitic alteration rinds developed on basaltic rocks demonstrates the effectiveness of combining wavelength regions in laboratory studies and applying results to orbital observations. In our study, we further this type of work by examining both unaltered volcanics and chemically altered basalts in an effort to constrain interpretations of the igneous lithology and the degree of secondary mineral-phase production in Acidalia Planitia. [1] Bandfield et al. (2000) Science, 287, 1626 1630. [2] Mustard et al. (2005) Science, 1594-1597. [3] Hamilton et al. (2001) JGR, 106, 14,733-14,746. [4] Wyatt and McSween (2002) Nature, 417, 263-266. [5] Morris et al. (2003) 6 Int. Mars. Conf, Abstract 3111. [6] Kraft et al. (2003) GRL, 30, 24, 2288, doi 10.1029.2003GL018848. [7] Ruff (2004) Icarus, 108, 131-143. [8] Michalski et al. (2005) Icarus, 174, 161-177.

  14. Fire clay

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    Virta, R.L.

    2004-01-01

    Seven companies mined fire clay in four states during 2003. From 1984 to 1992, production declined to 383 kt (422,000 st) from a high of 1.04 Mt (1.14 million st) as markets for clay-based refractories declined. Since 1992, production levels have been erratic, ranging from 383 kt (422,000 st) in 1992 and 2001 to 583 kt (642,000 st) in 1995. Production in 2003, based on preliminary data, was estimated to be around 450 kt (496,000 st) with a value of about $10.5 million. This was about the same as in 2002. Missouri remained the leading producer state, followed by South Carolina, Ohio and California.

  15. Clay sized fraction and powdered whole-rock X-ray analyses from alluvial basin deposits in central and southern New Mexico

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    Anderholm, S.K.

    1985-01-01

    As part of the study of the water quality and geochemistry of Southwest Alluvial Basins (SWAB) in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, which is a Regional Aquifer-System Analysis (RASA) program, whole rock x-ray analysis and clay-size fraction mineralogy (x-ray) analysis of selected samples from alluvial basin deposits were done to investigate the types of minerals and clay types present in the aquifers. This was done to determine the plausible minerals and clay types in the aquifers that may be reacting with groundwater and affecting the water quality. The purpose of this report is only to present the whole rock x-ray and clay-fraction mineralogy data. Nineteen surface samples or samples from outcrop of Tertiary and Quaternary alluvial basin deposits in the central and southern Rio Grande rift were collected and analyzed. The analysis of the samples consisted of grain size analysis, and clay-size fraction mineralogy and semiquantitative analysis of the relative abundance of different clay mineral groups present. (USGS)

  16. Effects of clay minerals and organic matter in formulated sediments on the bioavailability of sediment-associated uranium to the freshwater midge, Chironomus dilutus.

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    Crawford, Sarah E; Liber, Karsten

    2015-11-01

    It is well established that bioavailability influences metal toxicity in aquatic ecosystems. However, the factors and mechanisms that influence uranium (U) bioavailability and toxicity in sediment have not been thoroughly evaluated, despite evidence that suggests different sediment components can influence the sorption and interaction of some metals. Given that dissolved U is generally accepted as being the primary bioavailable fraction of U, it is hypothesized that adsorption and interaction of U with different sediment components will influence the bioavailability of U in sediment. We investigated the effects of key sediment physicochemical properties on the bioavailability of U to a model freshwater benthic invertebrate, Chironomus dilutus. Several 10-day spiked sediment bioaccumulation experiments were performed, exposing C. dilutus larvae to a variety of formulated sediments spiked with different concentrations of U (5, 50 and/or 200 mg U/kg d.w.). Mean accumulation of U in C. dilutus larvae decreased significantly from 1195 to 10 mg U/kg d.w. as kaolin clay content increased from 0% to 60% in sediment spiked with 50 mg U/kg d.w. Similarly, higher organic matter content also resulted in a significant reduction of U bioaccumulation in C. dilutus larvae, indicating a reduction in U bioavailability. Concentrations of U in both the overlying water and sediment pore water displayed a strong positive relationship to U bioaccumulation in C. dilutus larvae (r(2) = 0.77, p<0.001 and r(2) = 0.57, p < 0.001, respectively) for all experiments, while total U concentrations in the sediment had a poor relationship to U bioaccumulation (r(2) = 0.10, p = 0.028). Results from this research confirm that sediment clay and organic matter content play a significant role in altering U bioavailability, which is important in informing risk assessments of U contaminated sites and in the development of site-specific sediment quality guidelines for U. PMID:26205073

  17. Searching for reciclability of modified clays for an environmental application

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    Del Hoyo Martínez, Carmen; Solange Lozano García, Marina; Sánchez Escribano, Vicente; Antequera, Jorge

    2014-05-01

    Thanks to the development of the science and the technology of the nourishment in the last 50 years, there have revealed itself several new substances that can fulfill beneficial functions in the food, and these substances, named food additives, are today within reach of all. The food additives recover a very important role in the complex nourishing supply. The additives fulfill several useful functions in the food, which often we give for sat. Nevertheless the widespread use of food additives in the food production also influences the public health. The food industries, which are very important for the economy, spill residues proved from its activity that they have to be controlled to evaluate the environmental impact and to offer the necessary information about the quantitative evaluation of the chemical risk of the use of food additives for the public health. The clay materials have led to numerous applications in the field of public health (del Hoyo, 2007; Volzone, 2007) having been demonstrated its effectiveness as adsorbents of all contaminants. Some biodegradable materials are used for for adsorption of chemical contaminants: lignins (Valderrabano et al., 2008) and also clays and clay minerals, whose colloidal properties, ease of generating structural changes, abundance in nature, and low cost make them very suitable for this kind of applications. Among the strategies used at present to preserve the quality of the water and this way to diminish the environmental risk that supposes the chemical pollution, stands out the use of adsorbents of under cost, already they are natural or modified, to immobilize these compounds and to avoid the pollution of the water with the consequent reduction of environmental and economic costs. We have studied the adsorption of several contaminants related to the food industry by natural or modified clays, searching their interaction mechanisms and the possible recycling of these materials for environmental purposes and prevention of the health. We have used the FT-IR spectroscopy and DTA/TG studies to confirm the reciclability of these materials and the possible application in the industry to prevent the contamination. References -del Hoyo, C. (2007). Applied Clay Science. 36, 103-121.Layered Double Hydroxides and human health: An overview. -Valderrábano, M., Rodríguez-Cruz, S., del Hoyo, C., Sánchez-Martín, M.J. (2006). 4th International Workshop "Bioavalailability of pollutants and soil remediation". 1, 5-6. Physicochemical study of the adsorption of pesticides by lignins. -Volzone, C. (2007). Applied Clay Science. 36, 191-196. Retention of pollutant gases: Comparison between clay minerals and their modified products.

  18. Sorption of Cm(III) and Eu(III) onto clay minerals under saline conditions: Batch adsorption, laser-fluorescence spectroscopy and modeling

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    Schnurr, Andreas; Marsac, Rémi; Rabung, Thomas; Lützenkirchen, Johannes; Geckeis, Horst

    2015-02-01

    The present work reports experimental data for trivalent metal cation (Cm/Eu) sorption onto illite (Illite du Puy) and montmorillonite (Na-SWy-2) in NaCl solutions up to 4.37 molal (m) in the absence of carbonate. Batch sorption experiments were carried out for a given ionic strength at fixed metal concentration (mEu = 2 × 10-7 m, labeled with 152Eu for γ-counting) and at a constant solid to liquid ratio (S:L = 2 g/L) for 3 < pHm < 12 (pHm = -log mH+). The amount of clay sorbed Eu approaches almost 100% (with log KD > 5) for pHm > 8, irrespective of the NaCl concentration. Variations in Eu uptake are minor at elevated NaCl concentrations. Time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) studies on Cm sorption covering a wide range of NaCl concentrations reveal nearly identical fluorescence emission spectra after peak deconvolution, i.e. no significant variation of Cm surface speciation with salinity. Beyond the three surface complexes already found in previous studies an additional inner-sphere surface species with a fluorescence peak maximum at higher wavelength (λ ∼ 610 nm) could be resolved. This new surface species appears in the high pH range and is assumed to correspond to a clay/curium/silicate complex as already postulated in the literature for kaolinite. The 2 site protolysis non-electrostatic surface complexation and cation exchange sorption model (2SPNE SC/CE) was applied to describe Eu sorption data by involving the Pitzer and SIT (specific ion interaction) formalism in the calculation of the activities of dissolved aqueous species. Good agreement of model and experiment is achieved for sorption data at pHm < 6 without the need of adjusting surface complexation constants. For pHm > 6 in case of illite and pHm > 8 in case of montmorillonite calculated sorption data systematically fall below experimental data with increasing ionic strength. Under those conditions sorption is almost quantitative and deviations must be discussed considering uncertainties of measured Eu concentrations in the range of analytical detection limits.

  19. Magnetic composites from minerals: study of the iron phases in clay and diatomite using Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetic measurements and XRD

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    Cabrera, M.; Maciel, J. C.; Quispe-Marcatoma, J.; Pandey, B.; Neri, D. F. M.; Soria, F.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; de Carvalho, L. B.

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic particles as matrix for enzyme immobilization have been used and due to the enzymatic derivative can be easily removed from the reaction mixture by a magnetic field. This work presents a study about the synthesis and characterization of iron phases into magnetic montmorillonite clay (mMMT) and magnetic diatomaceous earth (mDE) by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS), magnetic measurements and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Also these magnetic materials were assessed as matrices for the immobilization of invertase via covalent binding. Mössbauer spectra of the magnetic composites performed at 4.2 K showed a mixture of magnetite and maghemite about equal proportion in the mMMT, and a pure magnetite phase in the sample mDE. These results were verified using XRD. The residual specific activity of the immobilized invertase on mMMT and mDE were 83 % and 92.5 %, respectively. Thus, both magnetic composites showed to be promising matrices for covalent immobilization of invertase.

  20. Genotoxic potential of montmorillonite clay mineral and alteration in the expression of genes involved in toxicity mechanisms in the human hepatoma cell line HepG2.

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    Maisanaba, Sara; Hercog, Klara; Filipic, Metka; Jos, ngeles; Zegura, Bojana

    2016-03-01

    Montmorillonite, also known as Cloisite()Na(+) (CNa(+)), is a natural clay with a wide range of well-documented and novel applications, such as pharmaceutical products or food packaging. Although considered a low toxic product, the expected increased exposure to CNa(+) arises concern on the potential consequences on human and environmental health especially as its genotoxicity has scarcely been investigated so far. Thus, we investigated, for the first time, the influence of non-cytotoxic concentrations of CNa(+) (15.65, 31.25 and 62.5?g/mL) on genomic instability of human hepatoma cell line (HepG2) by determining the formation of micronuclei (MNi), nucleoplasmic bridges (NPBs) and nuclear buds (NBUDs) with the Cytokinesis block micronucleus cytome assay. Further on we studied the influence of CNa(+) on the expression of several genes involved in toxicity mechanisms using the real-time quantitative PCR. The results showed that CNa(+) increased the number of MNi, while the numbers of NBUDs and NPBs were not affected. In addition it deregulated genes in all the groups studied, mainly after longer time of exposure. These findings provide the evidence that CNa(+) is potentially genotoxic. Therefore further studies that will elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in toxic activity of CNa(+) are needed for hazard identification and human safety assessment. PMID:26599662

  1. Diagenesis and fluid flow in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico - regional zonation in the mineralogy and stable isotope composition of clay minerals in sandstone.

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    Whitney, G.; Northrop, H.R.

    1987-01-01

    The Westwater Canyon Member of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation is a relatively homogeneous, hydrologically continuous 100-m-thick sequence of massive fluvial sandstone, bounded above and below by relatively heterogeneous, hydrologically discontinuous units and has served as a primary conduit for fluids within this stratigraphic interval. Patterns of mineral-fluid reactions suggest a basinwide hydrologic regime in which warm, evolved fluids migrated up-dip from the center of the basin under the influence of a regional hydraulic head. -from Authors

  2. The role of reaction affinity and secondary minerals in regulating chemical weathering rates at the Santa Cruz Soil Chronosequence, California

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    Maher, K.; Steefel, C. I.; White, A.F.; Stonestrom, D.A.

    2009-02-25

    In order to explore the reasons for the apparent discrepancy between laboratory and field weathering rates and to determine the extent to which weathering rates are controlled by the approach to thermodynamic equilibrium, secondary mineral precipitation and flow rates, a multicomponent reactive transport model (CrunchFlow) was used to interpret soil profile development and mineral precipitation and dissolution rates at the 226 ka marine terrace chronosequence near Santa Cruz, CA. Aqueous compositions, fluid chemistry, transport, and mineral abundances are well characterized (White et al., 2008, GCA) and were used to constrain the reaction rates for the weathering and precipitating minerals in the reactive transport modeling. When primary mineral weathering rates are calculated with either of two experimentally determined rate constants, the nonlinear, parallel rate law formulation of Hellmann and Tisser and [2006] or the aluminum inhibition model proposed by Oelkers et al. [1994], modeling results are consistent with field-scale observations when independently constrained clay precipitation rates are accounted for. Experimental and field rates, therefore, can be reconciled at the Santa Cruz site. Observed maximum clay abundances in the argillic horizons occur at the depth and time where the reaction fronts of the primary minerals overlap. The modeling indicates that the argillic horizon at Santa Cruz can be explained almost entirely by weathering of primary minerals and in situ clay precipitation accompanied by undersaturation of kaolinite at the top of the profile. The rate constant for kaolinite precipitation was also determined based on model simulations of mineral abundances and dissolved Al, SiO{sub 2}(aq) and pH in pore waters. Changes in the rate of kaolinite precipitation or the flow rate do not affect the gradient of the primary mineral weathering profiles, but instead control the rate of propagation of the primary mineral weathering fronts and thus total mass removed from the weathering profile. Our analysis suggests that secondary clay precipitation is as important as aqueous transport in governing the amount of dissolution that occurs within a profile because clay minerals exert a strong control over the reaction affinity of the dissolving primary minerals. The modeling also indicates that the weathering advance rate and the total mass of mineral dissolved is controlled by the thermodynamic saturation of the primary dissolving phases plagioclase and K-feldspar, as is evident from the difference in propagation rates of the reaction fronts for the two minerals despite their very similar kinetic rate laws.

  3. Characterizing regional soil mineral composition using spectroscopyand geostatistics

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    Mulder, V.L.; de Bruin, S.; Weyermann, J.; Kokaly, Raymond F.; Schaepman, M.E.

    2013-01-01

    This work aims at improving the mapping of major mineral variability at regional scale using scale-dependent spatial variability observed in remote sensing data. Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data and statistical methods were combined with laboratory-based mineral characterization of field samples to create maps of the distributions of clay, mica and carbonate minerals and their abundances. The Material Identification and Characterization Algorithm (MICA) was used to identify the spectrally-dominant minerals in field samples; these results were combined with ASTER data using multinomial logistic regression to map mineral distributions. X-ray diffraction (XRD)was used to quantify mineral composition in field samples. XRD results were combined with ASTER data using multiple linear regression to map mineral abundances. We testedwhether smoothing of the ASTER data to match the scale of variability of the target sample would improve model correlations. Smoothing was donewith Fixed Rank Kriging (FRK) to represent the mediumand long-range spatial variability in the ASTER data. Stronger correlations resulted using the smoothed data compared to results obtained with the original data. Highest model accuracies came from using both medium and long-range scaled ASTER data as input to the statistical models. High correlation coefficients were obtained for the abundances of calcite and mica (R2 = 0.71 and 0.70, respectively). Moderately-high correlation coefficients were found for smectite and kaolinite (R2 = 0.57 and 0.45, respectively). Maps of mineral distributions, obtained by relating ASTER data to MICA analysis of field samples, were found to characterize major soil mineral variability (overall accuracies for mica, smectite and kaolinite were 76%, 89% and 86% respectively). The results of this study suggest that the distributions of minerals and their abundances derived using FRK-smoothed ASTER data more closely match the spatial variability of soil and environmental properties at regional scale.

  4. Thermo Gravimetric and Differential Thermal Analysis of Clay of Western Rajasthan (india)

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    Shekhawat, M. S.

    The paper presents the study of thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analysis of blended clay. Western part of Rajasthan (India) is rich resource of Ball clays and it is mainly used by porcelain, sanitary ware, and tile industry. The quality and grade of clay available in the region vary from one deposit to other. To upgrade the fired colour and strength properties, different variety of clays may be blended together. The paper compares the results of thermal analysis one of blended clay B2 with reference clay of Ukraine which is imported by industries owners. The result revealed that the blended clay is having mineral kaolinite while the Ukrainian clay is Halloysite.

  5. Burnt clay magnetic properties and palaeointensity determination

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    Avramova, Mariya; Lesigyarski, Deyan

    2014-05-01

    Burnt clay structures found in situ are the most valuable materials for archaeomagnetic studies. From these materials the full geomagnetic field vector described by inclination, declination and intensity can be retrieved. The reliability of the obtained directional results is related to the precision of samples orientation and the accuracy of characteristic remanence determination. Palaeointensity evaluations depend on much more complex factors - stability of carried remanent magnetization, grain-size distribution of magnetic particles and mineralogical transformations during heating. In the last decades many efforts have been made to shed light over the reasons for the bad success rate of palaeointensity experiments. Nevertheless, sometimes the explanation of the bad archaeointensity results with the magnetic properties of the studied materials is quite unsatisfactory. In order to show how difficult is to apply a priory strict criteria for the suitability of a given collection of archaeomagnetic materials, artificial samples formed from four different baked clays are examined. Two of the examined clay types were taken from clay deposits from different parts of Bulgaria and two clays were taken from ancient archaeological baked clay structures from the Central part of Bulgaria and the Black sea coast, respectively. The samples formed from these clays were repeatedly heated in known magnetic field to 700oC. Different analyses were performed to obtain information about the mineralogical content and magnetic properties of the samples. The obtained results point that all clays reached stable magnetic mineralogy after the repeated heating to 700oC, the main magnetic mineral is of titano/magnetite type and the magnetic particles are predominantly with pseudo single domain grain sizes. In spite that, the magnetic properies of the studied clays seem to be very similar, reliable palaeointensity results were obtained only from the clays coming from clay deposits. The palaeointensity experiments for the samples formed from the ancient baked clays completely failed to give relibable results.

  6. Alterations in the non-clay-mineral fraction of pelitic rocks the diagenetic to low-grade metamorphic transition, Ouachita Mountains, Oklahoma and Arkansas

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    Totten, M.W.; Blatt, H. . School of Geology and Geophysics)

    1993-09-01

    The transformation of smectite to illite has been cited by many authors as a source of silica during diagenesis of mudrocks. Illites themselves, however, undergo chemical changes as they recrystallize into micas during high-grade diagenesis/low-grade metamorphism. Average compositions of phyllosilicates from the literature suggest that an equivalent amount of silica is available from transformation of illite to muscovite as from illitization of smectites. The fate of silica released by this process has not been reported, but could be a major contributor to the silt-size quartz population. The quartz and feldspar fraction of pelites from the Stanley Shale (Mississippian) in the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas was separated using sodium bisulfate fusions. The mineralogy and the grain-size distribution of this fraction were determined using standard petro-graphic and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Bulk rock samples were analyzed using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) methods. The data obtained were related to illite crystallinity and vitrinite reflectance as reported by Guthrie el al. (1986) and Houseknecht and Matthews (1985). The authors results are consistent with reported differences between quartz in schists and their shale pre