Sample records for abundant clay minerals

  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. 8. CLAY MINERALOGY OF NEOGENE SEDIMENTS OF THE WESTERN ARABIAN SEA: MINERAL ABUNDANCES AND PALEOENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS 1

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    P. Debrabant; L. Krissek; A. Bouquillon; H. Chamley

    Clay mineral relative abundances in approximately 450 samples from cores recovered during ODP Leg 117 in the Arabian Sea have been used to examine the paleoclimatic, paleoenvironmental, and tectonic histories of the Indus Fan, Owen Ridge, Oman margin, and adjacent continental source regions. Geographic variations in the relative abundances of minerals and correlations with depositional processes support previous interpretations that

  3. The Clay Minerals Society

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    "The Clay Minerals Society (CMS) is an international community of scientists who promote research in and disseminate information on clay science and technology." The website provides downloads of materials dealing with various aspects of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology. Researchers can find out about annual meetings, awards and grants, and publications. Students and educators can find information on teaching materials, clay science workshops, and games. The website offers physical and chemical data for Source and Special Clays.

  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. [Centro Universitario Nove de Julho, R: Diamantina, 602-Vila Maria, CEP: 02117-0101, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Silva, P. S. C. [Centro de Metrologia das Radiacoes-Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 2242-Cidade Universitaria-CEP 05508 000 Sao Paulo-Brazil (Brazil); 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. Hyperspectral analysis of clay minerals

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    Janaki Rama Suresh, G.; Sreenivas, K.; Sivasamy, R.

    2014-11-01

    A study was carried out by collecting soil samples from parts of Gwalior and Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh in order to assess the dominant clay mineral of these soils using hyperspectral data, as 0.4 to 2.5 ?m spectral range provides abundant and unique information about many important earth-surface minerals. Understanding the spectral response along with the soil chemical properties can provide important clues for retrieval of mineralogical soil properties. The soil samples were collected based on stratified random sampling approach and dominant clay minerals were identified through XRD analysis. The absorption feature parameters like depth, width, area and asymmetry of the absorption peaks were derived from spectral profile of soil samples through DISPEC tool. The derived absorption feature parameters were used as inputs for modelling the dominant soil clay mineral present in the unknown samples using Random forest approach which resulted in kappa accuracy of 0.795. Besides, an attempt was made to classify the Hyperion data using Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) algorithm with an overall accuracy of 68.43 %. Results showed that kaolinite was the dominant mineral present in the soils followed by montmorillonite in the study area.

  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. PROGRAM AND ABSTRACTS FOR CLAY MINERALS SOCIETY

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    r PROGRAM AND ABSTRACTS FOR CLAY MINERALS SOCIETY 28th ANNUAL MEETING NI\\SI\\National Aeronautit &II LPI #12;PROGRAM AND ABSTRACTS FOR CLAY MINERALS SOCIETY 28th ANNUAL MEETING Houston, Texas October contains abstracts that have been accepted for presentation at the Clay Minerals Society 28th Annual

  10. Relationships Between Calcium Silicates and Clay Minerals

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    H. F. W. Taylor; J. W. HowlsoN

    1956-01-01

    The crystal-chemical basis of the relationship between hydrated calcium silicate and clay minerals is discussed, and a review is given of recent work on the tobermorite minerals, the group of hydrated calcium silicates which most nearly resembles the clay minerals. New data are presented for the specific gravities, refractive indices, basal spacings, and dehydration isobars of synthetic tobermorite minerals, and

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. 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.

  15. 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

  16. ORIGINS OF CLAY MINERALS IN THE MOLYCORP MINE GOATHILL NORTH ROCK PILE, QUESTA, NM

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    K. Donahue; N. Dunbar; V. McLemore

    There are three principle lines of evidence that indicate the clay minerals found in the Goathill North (GHN) rock pile at the Molycorp mine are predominantly a product of hydrothermal alteration, not weathering. The unweathered drill core and samples from GHN have similar types and abundances of clay-mineral groups based on XRD analysis. Chemical analyses from the electron microprobe reveal

  17. Clay minerals in the Meuse -Haute Marne underground laboratory (France): Possible influence of organic matter on clay mineral evolution

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Clay minerals in the Meuse - Haute Marne underground laboratory (France): Possible influence of organic matter on clay mineral evolution Francis Claret1,2,* , Boris A. Sakharov3 , Victor A. Drits3 words: Callovo-Oxfordian, Clay minerals, Clay diagenesis, Illite-smectite, Mixed- layering

  18. The Link between Clay Mineral Weathering and the Stabilization of

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    The Link between Clay Mineral Weathering and the Stabilization of Ni Surface Precipitates R O B E R 19717 The formation of transition-metal surface precipitates may occur during sorption to clay minerals formation are poorly understood. We monitored changes in the reversibility of Ni sorbed to a clay mineral

  19. Adsorption of polyamine on clay minerals.

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    Blachier, C; Michot, L; Bihannic, I; Barrès, O; Jacquet, A; Mosquet, M

    2009-08-15

    This work aims at a better understanding of the interaction between a polycationic quaternary amine polymer (F25) and three different clay minerals: montmorillonite, illite, and kaolinite. For this, adsorption isotherms of F25 on the clay surfaces were measured together with the evolution of the CEC along the isotherm, which revealed that cation exchange plays an important role in the adsorption process. These first results were confirmed by XRD measurements on dried powders that are evidence in the case of montmorillonite of the presence of polymer in the interlayer spaces. In addition, the evolution of the short range structure of clay minerals suspensions on polymer adsorption was followed by WAXS experiments. Polymer intercalation was observed while the structure of the resulting stacking appeared to change slightly along the polymer adsorption isotherm. Diffuse reflectance infrared measurements revealed that significant conformational changes occur on polymer adsorption onto montmorillonite surfaces. Furthermore, adsorption above the CEC is observed which involves a charge reversal of clay mineral surfaces, the zero charge being reached for an adsorbed amount corresponding to the CEC. Finally, flocculation was discussed compared to adsorption amounts and zeta potential measurements, confirming that optimum flocculation concentration is reached for noncharged particles. PMID:19464022

  20. 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 ? 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.

  1. TNT adsoprtion on clay minerals by HPLC

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    Rivera, Rosángela; Alzate, Liliana F.; Muñoz, Miguel A.; Mina, Nairmen

    2006-05-01

    Several military bases and monitions facilities throughout the world are contaminated with toxic explosives like 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). This is an energetic compound and the least mobile of the military explosives. For this reason TNT gives one of the largest soil contamination problems. To understand the adsorption mechanism between TNT explosive and soil environments, the mechanical method analysis is used in our laboratory in order to obtain the soil texture classification. In these experiments, soil samples from horizons Ap and A were obtained from Jobos Series at Isabela, Puerto Rico. Based on the USDA texture triangle, the soil from the Ap horizon is classified as sandy clay. In contrast, the soil from A horizon fall in the sandy clay loam class. The clay minerals were separated from the other soil components using the mechanical method analysis. Cation exchange capacity (CEC), surface area, percent of organic matter and pH were determined for the soil and clay samples. The CEC results for soil samples were 3.62 mequiv/100 g for Ap horizon and 2.67 mequiv/100 g for A horizon while for the clay samples the CEC was 13.12 mequiv/100 g and 12.50 mequiv/100 g, for the Ap and A horizons, respectively. The results obtained for surface area analysis were 85.32 g/m2 and 51.19 g/ m2 for the two soil horizons and 189.71 g/m2 and 163.87 g/m2 for clay samples in the Ap and A horizons, respectively. These results indicate that the major adsorption could occur in the Ap horizon, specially in the clay fraction. A complete characterization of clay mineral samples using X-ray analysis reveals the present of kaolinite and quartz as main minerals. In order to obtain adsorption coefficients (K d values), soil samples and the clay obtained from the mechanical method analysis, is being used for TNT adsorption studies by means of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Thermal analysis of clays, minerals and coal

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    Earnest, C.M.

    1984-01-01

    This new book details the application of the Perkin-Elmer TADS Series Thermal Analysis System (DSC, DTA, TGA, and TMA) to such materials as hectorite clay mineral, coal liquefaction residues, coal ash, limestones and dolomites. In many cases, elemental analyses are also performed to assign the C, H, N, and/or S content of the material under study. The mineral matter obtained from the low temperature ashing of several pyrite-containing coals from eastern Kentucky and southwestern Illinois are characterized by high temperature differential thermal analysis (DTA).

  5. The oxygen and hydrogen isotope geochemistry of clay minerals

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    Samuel M. Savin; Samuel Epstein

    1970-01-01

    Oxygen and hydrogen isotope analyses have been made on a variety of clay minerals of sedimentary and diagenetic origins. The interlayer water of clay minerals was found to exchange rapidly with atmospheric water. Conditions under which the interlayer water could be removed from the clays without affecting the isotopic compositions of their aluminosilicate oxygen and hydrogen were therefore determined, and

  6. Review Article Clay and non-clay minerals in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries

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    Ahmad, Sajjad

    Review Article Clay and non-clay minerals in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries Part II Pharmaceutical industry Cosmetic industry Active ingredients Physical and physico-chemical properties A wide cases the LADME process of the minerals is described. In the cosmetic industry minerals are used

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Layer Charge of Clay Minerals; Selected papers from the Symposium on Current Knowledge on the Layer Charge of Clay Minerals

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    This Special issue contains papers based on the contributions presented during the workshop “Current Knowledge on the Layer Charge of Clay Minerals”, held on September 18 and 19, 2004, in the Smolenice Castle, Slovakia. Layer charge is one of the most important characteristics of clay minerals as it...

  13. 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.

  14. The formation of goethite and hydrated clay minerals on Mars

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    Huguenin, R. L.

    1974-01-01

    Laboratory studies reported by Huguenin (1973) on the kinetics and mechanism of the photostimulated oxidation of magnetic and preliminary laboratory data on the weathering of silicates, reported herein, are applied to Mars. Basalts in the Martian dark areas are predicted to alter to hydrated Fe(2 plus or minus) depleted clay minerals, minor goethite, and minor to trace amounts of transition metal oxides such as TiO2, MnO2, and Cr2O3 at a rate of 10 to the minus 1.5 plus or minus 1.5 micron/yr. Some Ca-Mg carbonates are also expected to be formed. The clay minerals are predicted to be more silica-rich than the silicate source material, SiO2 contents of 60% or higher being expected, and strongly depleted in Fe(2+). The oxygen, OH, and H2O contents of the bulk weathering product are predicted to be significantly greater than those of the dark-area source materials, whereas the relative bulk metal abundances should be the same.

  15. 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, Mössbauer 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.

  16. Introduction to the properties of clay minerals

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    stephen Guggenheim

    This activity explores how clay affects the permeability of sands, the effect of chemical differences of the clay (cation exchange), and how these results may be applied to low-level radioactive waste disposal sites.

  17. WEATHERING OF IRONBEARING MINERALS IN SOILS AND SAPROLITE ON THE NORTH CAROLINA BLUE RIDGE FRONT: II. CLAY MINERALOGY

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. D. AMARASIRIWARDENA; S. W. BUOL

    The mineralogy of the clay fraction was studied for soils and saprolite on two Blue Ridge Front mountain slopes. The clay fraction contained the weathering products of primary minerals in the mica gneiss and schist parent rocks. Gibbsite is most abundant in the saprolite and residual soil horizons, where only chemical weathering has been operable. In colluvial soil horizons, where

  18. Sources and sinks of clay minerals on Mars

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    Milliken, Ralph E.; Bish, David L.

    2010-06-01

    The recent identification of clay minerals on the Martian surface using visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy has had a profound effect on our view of aqueous alteration on Mars. Smectite, chlorite, kaolin group, and serpentine group minerals have been detected using the CRISM and OMEGA spectrometers, with Fe/Mg-smectite and chlorite varieties being the dominant types discovered throughout the ancient crust. Aqueous, eolian, and impact processes have transported and recycled some of these clays such that their current locations may not accurately reflect their formation environments. However, detrital clays could prove useful for constraining transport pathways and sediment provenance. Here we discuss the impact craters and channels that comprise the Uzboi-Ladon-Morava system, including Holden, Eberswalde, and Ladon craters, which represents a large-scale sediment sink for clay minerals derived from the surrounding Noachian crust. This system contains thick deposts of clay mineral-bearing strata that likely record a wide range of alluvial, fluvial, lacustrine, and eolian processes that provide direct insight into the Martian clay cycle. Broad concepts of sediment sources, sinks, and sediment transport paths can be outlined using orbital data, but future in situ exploration of the Martian sedimentary rock record will be necessary to distinguish fully between detrital and authigenic clay minerals, and thus to determine environmental conditions and transitions on ancient Mars.

  19. Fine-resolution multiscale mapping of clay minerals in Australian soils measured with near infrared spectra

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    Viscarra Rossel, R. A.

    2011-12-01

    Clay minerals are the most reactive inorganic components of soils. They help to determine soil properties and largely govern their behaviors and functions. Clay minerals also play important roles in biogeochemical cycling and interact with the environment to affect geomorphic processes such as weathering, erosion and deposition. This paper provides new spatially explicit clay mineralogy information for Australia that will help to improve our understanding of soils and their role in the functioning of landscapes and ecosystems. I measured the abundances of kaolinite, illite and smectite in Australian soils using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Using a model-tree algorithm, I built rule-based models for each mineral at two depths (0-20 cm, 60-80 cm) as a function of predictors that represent the soil-forming factors (climate, parent material, relief, vegetation and time), their processes and the scales at which they vary. The results show that climate, parent material and soil type exert the largest influence on the abundance and spatial distribution of the clay minerals; relief and vegetation have more local effects. I digitally mapped each mineral on a 3 arc-second grid. The maps show the relative abundances and distributions of kaolinite, illite and smectite in Australian soils. Kaolinite occurs in a range of climates but dominates in deeply weathered soils, in soils of higher landscapes and in regions with more rain. Illite is present in varied landscapes and may be representative of colder, more arid climates, but may also be present in warmer and wetter soil environments. Smectite is often an authigenic mineral, formed from the weathering of basalt, but it also occurs on sediments and calcareous substrates. It occurs predominantly in drier climates and in landscapes with low relief. These new clay mineral maps fill a significant gap in the availability of soil mineralogical information. They provide data to for example, assist with research into soil fertility and food production, carbon sequestration, land degradation, dust and climate modeling and paleoclimatic change.

  20. 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.

  1. Adsorption coefficients for TNT on soil and clay minerals

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    Rivera, Rosángela; Pabón, Julissa; Pérez, Omarie; Muñoz, 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.

  2. Microbial Impacts on Clay Mineral Transformation and Reactivity

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    Dong, H.; Jaisi, D.; Fredrickson, J.; Plymale, A.

    2006-05-01

    Clays and clay minerals are ubiquitous in soils, sedimentary rocks, and pelagic oozes. They play important roles in environmental processes such as nutrient cycling, plant growth, contaminant migration, organic matter maturation, and petroleum production. Iron is a major constituent in clay minerals, and its mobility and stability in different environmental processes is, in part, controlled by the oxidation state. Recent studies have shown that biological reduction of structural Fe(III) in clay minerals can change the physical and chemical properties of clay minerals, such as swelling, cation exchange and fixation capacity, specific surface area, color, and magnetic exchange interactions. As a result of biological reduction of Fe(III), clay minerals also undergo mineral transformations, such as dissolution of smectite and precipitation of illite, siderite and vivianite. These chemical, structural and mineralogical changes of clay minerals have a profound effect on clay mineral reactivity, such as their reactivity with organic and inorganic (i.e., heavy metals and radionuclides) contaminants. Our latest data show that biologically reduced nontronite (a smectite variety) is much more effective in reducing soluble and mobile Tc(VII) to Tc(IV) than unreduced nontronite. The reduced Tc(IV) is insoluble in groundwater and soil and thus is immobile. Biologically reduced nontronite can be prepared by microbially reducing Fe(III) in nontronite by Shewanella putrefaciens in the absence of oxygen. Approximately 30% of structurally Fe(III) can be reduced in this manner. Biogenic Fe(II) can then serve as an electron donor to reduce Tc(VII). Nearly all Fe(II) is available to reduce Tc(VII), with the rate of reduction (typically within weeks) possibly depending on the speciation of Fe(II) (surface sorbed Fe(II) vs. structural Fe(II)). Further investigations are underway to further assess the reversibility of Tc reduction upon exposure to oxygen and to elucidate Tc reduction kinetics. These preliminary results have important implications for in-situ bioremediation efforts, where either chemically or biologically reduced clay minerals can be introduced into a contaminant site for removing heavy metals and radionuclides in groundwater aquifers.

  3. INTERCALATION OF TRICHLOROETHENE BY SEDIMENT-ASSOCIATED CLAY MINERALS

    PubMed Central

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

    2012-01-01

    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 in Tucson, 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 d-spacing 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. PMID:22921434

  4. Influence of clay mineral structure and surfactant nature on the adsorption capacity of surfactants by clays.

    PubMed

    Sánchez-Martín, M J; Dorado, M C; del Hoyo, C; Rodríguez-Cruz, M S

    2008-01-15

    Adsorption of three surfactants of different nature, Triton X-100 (TX100) (non-ionic), sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) (anionic) and octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (ODTMA) (cationic) by four layered (montmorillonite, illite, muscovite and kaolinite) and two non-layered (sepiolite and palygorskite) clay minerals was studied. The objective was to improve the understanding of surfactant behaviour in soils for the possible use of these compounds in remediation technologies of contaminated soils by toxic organic compounds. Adsorption isotherms were obtained using surfactant concentrations higher and lower than the critical micelle concentration (cmc). These isotherms showed different adsorption stages of the surfactants by the clay minerals, and were classified in different subgroups of the L-, S- or H-types. An increase in the adsorption of SDS and ODTMA by all clay minerals is observed up to the cmc of the surfactant in the equilibrium solution is reached. However, there was further TX100 adsorption when the equilibrium concentration was well above the cmc. Adsorption constants from Langmuir and Freundlich equations (TX100 and ODTMA) or Freundlich equation (SDS) were used to compare adsorption of different surfactants by clay minerals studied. These constants indicated the surfactant adsorption by clay minerals followed this order ODTMA>TX100>SDS. The adsorption of TX100 and ODTMA was higher by montmorillonite and illite, and the adsorption of SDS was found to be higher by kaolinite and sepiolite. Results obtained show the influence of clay mineral structure and surfactant nature on the adsorption capacity of surfactants by clays, and they indicate the interest to consider the soil mineralogical composition when one surfactant have to be selected in order to establish more efficient strategies for the remediation of soils and water contaminated by toxic organic pollutants. PMID:17532126

  5. Sorption of Metal Ions on Clay Minerals.

    PubMed

    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 µM, 0.3 M NaNO(3)) and ionic strength (0.3 and 0.01 M NaNO(3), TotCo = 100 µM) 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. Fluoride content of clay minerals and argillaceous earth materials

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    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.

  7. Immersion Freezing of Clay Minerals and its Time Dependence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  8. Diagenesis of clay minerals from early Eocene shales of Texas

    E-print Network

    Whynot, John David

    1983-01-01

    of mixed-layer illite/smectite, but the presence of well defined peaks, in addition to the diffuse illite/smectite peaks, tends to indicate that discrete illite and smectite are present, but in small amounts. No non-clay minerals were identified...DIAGENESIS OF CLAY MINERALS FROM EARLY EOCENE SHALES OF TEXAS A Thesis by JOHN DAVID WHYNOT Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 1983...

  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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Interaction of Chlordimeform with Clay Minerals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Maria C. Hermosin; J. L. PEREZ RODRIGUEZ

    1981-01-01

    The adsorption-desorption of the cationic pesticide chlordimeform from aqueous solutions on montmorillonite, kaolinite, illite, and vermiculite appears to be a cation-exchange process coupled with the coadsorption of neutral molecules and the extraction of AI from the structure of the mineral. Chlordimeform adsorption on montmorillonite, illite, and vermiculite by cation exchange is an irreversible process, where- as chlordimeform adsorbed on kaolinite

  13. 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.

  14. Clay minerals in Alpine Fault gouge: First results from the DFDP-1B pilot hole

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    van der Pluijm, B. A.; Schleicher, A. M.

    2012-12-01

    Clay mineralization is increasingly recognized as a key process along fault systems in the upper crust. The Alpine Fault in New Zealand is a major active fault zone with locally large earthquakes. Samples from this fault zone offer excellent opportunity to investigate recent and ancient rupture zones, and the mechanical role of clay mineral transformations and fluid-rock interactions in particular. The Alpine Fault drilling project (DFDP-project) on the South Island of New Zealand sampled two shallow pilot holes; DFDP-1A was drilled down to 100.6 m and DFDP-1B drilled down to 151.4 m. Five samples from borehole DFDP-1B have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, X-ray texture goniometry and electron microscopy. These samples were taken at ~143.3 m (sections 69_2 to 69_2) and ~128.1 m depth (sections 59_1 to 59_1); the latter is the area of principal slip. The bulk rock mineralogy shows similar compositions in all samples with quartz, phyllosilicates (muscovite, chlorite), calcite, zeolite and clay minerals; the dominant clay phases in all samples are illite and chlorite. Importantly, abundant discrete smectite is uniquely present in gouge zones at sections 69_2 (~143.4 m) and 59_1 (~128.1 m). Smectite was likely formed by dissolution-precipitation reactions during displacement and movement of aqueous fluids along permeable fractures, at the expense of host rock minerals. Electron microscopy of fault gouge at section 69_2 shows small illite and smectite particles with pseudo-hexagonal shapes and variable amounts of K, Ca, Mg and Fe, growing adjacent to each other. Some distinct illite and smectite mineral veins form epitaxially on quartz-feldspar mineral surfaces. Clay fabric intensity, measured by X-ray goniometry, is higher outside the gouge zones (true cataclasite, section 69_1) with average fabric intensities of m.r.d. 3.5. Both gouge zones at sections 59_2 and 69_1 exhibit uniformly weak fabrics for illite and chlorite (m.r.d. ~2.5 on average). The weak fabrics in fault gouge support the interpretation that clay fabric development in shallow fault rocks is a function of authigenic mineral growth and not stress-induced particle orientation. The unique localization of smectite in fault gouge indicates that swelling clay minerals may dominate fault behavior at shallow depth, and that temporal and fluid histories may be obtained from study of these fault rocks and samples from planned, deeper drilling.

  15. Fibrous-clay mineral formation and soil evolution in Aridisols of northeastern Patagonia, Argentina

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    Ahmad, Sajjad

    Fibrous-clay mineral formation and soil evolution in Aridisols of northeastern Patagonia, Argentina Patagonia identified fibrous-clay minerals in calcic and petrocalcic horizons developed on old fluvio the occurrence of fibrous-clay minerals in the arid soil environment, and ii) to establish the relationship

  16. 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 Å and 2.2 +/- 0.5 Si at 3.27 Å. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

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    Hofstetter, Thomas B; Schwarzenbach, René 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

  20. 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 10-50°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.

  1. Clay minerals in surface sediment of the north Yellow Sea and their implication to provenance and transportation

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    Li, Yan; Li, An-Chun; Huang, Peng; Xu, Fang-Jian; Zheng, Xu-Feng

    2014-11-01

    The clay minerals in surface sediments of the north Yellow Sea have been identified with X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer analysis to constrain the provenance and sediment transportation system in the area. Illite, with an average abundance of 58%, is the dominant mineral, followed by smectite (20% on average), chlorite (16% on average) and kaolinite (6% on average). The result of the a K-mean clustering analysis for the clay minerals show a close relationship between sedimentary types and clay mineral assemblages: there is more kaolinite and smectite in the muddy area in the western part of the north Yellow Sea and more chlorite in the sandy area in the eastern part. The Huanghe (Yellow River) is considered to provide most of the clay minerals, and in particular, rich kaolinite and smectite to the muddy area, whereas the Yalujiang provides large amounts of illite and chlorite. The spatial distribution characteristics of the clay minerals are closely related with the local circulation system, including the Shandong Coastal Current and Yellow Sea Warm Current. The former transports the outflow of the Huanghe to the north Yellow Sea, whereas the intrusion of the latter in wintertime is responsible for the annular enrichment of smectite in central part, as well as poor classification near Dalian Bay.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Mössbauer 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.

  5. 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 Mössbauer 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Reduced adsorption of caesium on clay minerals caused by various humic substances

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Reduced adsorption of caesium on clay minerals caused by various humic substances C. Dumat, S!ect of the addition of various humic substances on the adsorption of caesium on two mineral clays has been studied and ionic strength. Only a small proportion of the humic substance was adsorbed on the clays ((10

  8. Clay mineral distribution in surface sediments of the South Atlantic: sources, transport, and relation to oceanography

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    Rainer Petschick; Gerhard Kuhn; Franz Gingele

    1996-01-01

    Surface samples, mostly from abyssal sediments of the South Atlantic, from parts of the equatorial Atlantic, and of the Antarctic Ocean, were investigated for clay content and clay mineral composition. Maps of relative clay mineral content were compiled, which improve previous maps by showing more details, especially at high latitudes. Large-scale relations regarding the origin and transport paths of detrital

  9. Iron(III)-bearing clay minerals enhance bioreduction of nitrobenzene by Shewanella putrefaciens CN32.

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    Luan, Fubo; Liu, Yan; Griffin, Aron M; Gorski, Christopher A; Burgos, William D

    2015-02-01

    Iron-bearing clay minerals are ubiquitous in the environment, and the clay-Fe(II)/Fe(III) redox couple plays important roles in abiotic reduction of several classes of environmental contaminants. We investigated the role of Fe-bearing clay minerals on the bioreduction of nitrobenzene. In experiments with Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 and excess electron donor, we found that the Fe-bearing clay minerals montmorillonite SWy-2 and nontronite NAu-2 enhanced nitrobenzene bioreduction. On short time scales (<50 h), nitrobenzene reduction was primarily biologically driven, but at later time points, nitrobenzene reduction by biologically formed structural Fe(II) in the clay minerals became increasingly important. We found that chemically reduced (dithionite) iron-bearing clay minerals reduced nitrobenzene more rapidly than biologically reduced iron-bearing clay minerals despite the minerals having similar structural Fe(II) concentrations. We also found that chemically reduced NAu-2 reduced nitrobenzene faster as compared to chemically reduced SWy-2. The different reactivity of SWy-2 versus NAu-2 toward nitrobenzene was caused by different forms of structural clay-Fe(II) in the clay minerals and different reduction potentials (Eh) of the clay minerals. Because most contaminated aquifers become reduced via biological activity, the reactivity of biogenic clay-Fe(II) toward reducible contaminants is particularly important. PMID:25565314

  10. 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

  11. Adsorption and separation of proteins by a smectitic clay mineral.

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    Ralla, Kathrin; Sohling, Ulrich; Riechers, Daniel; Kasper, Cornelia; Ruf, Friedrich; Scheper, Thomas

    2010-09-01

    The adsorption of proteins by a smectitic clay mineral was investigated. The clay used in this study is a mixture of montmorillonite and amorphous SiO(2). Due to the high porosity the montmorillonite units are accessible for protein adsorption. The amorphous silica prevents the montmorillonite from swelling and allows column packing. Protein adsorption was performed at different pH under static conditions. Furthermore, static capacities were determined. The material reveals high adsorption capacities for proteins under static conditions (270-408 mg/g), whereby proteins are mainly adsorbed via electrostatic interactions. The Freundlich isotherm is suggested as an adsorption model. For desorption a pH shift was found to be most effective. Binding and elution of human serum albumin and ovalbumin were tested under dynamic conditions. Dynamic capacities of about 40 mg/g for ovalbumin at 764 cm/h were found. The clay mineral provides suitable properties for the application as cost-efficient, alternative separation material. PMID:20340034

  12. 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.

  13. Detection and Quantification of Expansive Clay Minerals in Geologically-Diverse Texas Aggregate Fines

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    Russell, George 1983-

    2012-11-28

    . Clay mineral quantification was completed for 27 geologically-diverse aggregate materials from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) of separated clays on glass was conducted, and NEWMOD was utilized to model the resulting...

  14. Physicochemical Controls on the Formation of Polynuclear Metal Complexes at Clay Mineral Surfaces

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    Physicochemical Controls on the Formation of Polynuclear Metal Complexes at Clay Mineral Surfaces R. G. Ford Metal sorption to clay minerals may lead to the formation of secondary precipitates structurally similar to the mineral takovite. Saturation with respect to this phase is promoted, in part

  15. 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.

  16. Radiolysis of alanine adsorbed in a clay mineral

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    Aguilar-Ovando, Ellen Y.; Negron-Mendoza, Alicia [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Apartado Postal 70-543, Deleg. Coyoacan, C.P. 04510 (Mexico)

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Li isotope compositions of clay minerals: what message?

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    Vigier, N.; Decarreau, A.; Petit, S.; Turpault, M.

    2011-12-01

    Alteration of the continental crust plays a major role in the transfer of elements to natural waters and the ocean. In particular, it is thought that alteration of Ca and Mg rich silicates participated to climate regulation through the Earth history. However, determining reliably the intensity and the rate of silicate weathering at the scale of an ecosystem, or at the scale of a watershed and of continents remains a challenge. Recently, lithium isotope composition of river dissolved and solid phases have shown great potential: delta7Li of natural waters are generally function of the weathering regime, as it has been shown for several watersheds. This is because Li uptake by secondary phases plays a key role (in contrast, simple dissolution does not significantly fractionate Li isotopes1). Consequently, Li isotope composition of clays could give quantitative information about their formation condition and contemporaneous environmental parameters. In this purpose, Li isotope signatures of clays were investigated in two ways: experimentally, by developing clay syntheses in various conditions (temperature, solution chemical composition)2,3, and by studying monitored natural ecosytems, for which primary and secondary minerals have been well-characterized, quantified and, when possible, separated. Results of these works show that (1) Li isotope fractionations display a coherent correlation as a function of temperature (from 25°C to 250°C). Recent work allowed us to improve the synthesis performed at low temperature (< 90°C). (2) In contrast, the exchangeable lithium, located mainly in the interfoliar sites, is not significantly fractionated (isotopically). (3) the type of clays or their chemical composition does not significantly influence the fractionation factors (4) In parallel, experimental investigations show that the Li partition coefficients between smectite and solution are a function of temperature and of Li content in waters3. (5) the relative amount of exchangeable Li is negligible for the studied natural clays (>1%) In this presentation, we will highlight the potential of clay Li contents and Li isotopic compositions to be used as geothermometers, or as tracers of rock-water interactions both on the continents at low temperature, and in the ocean under hydrothermal conditions. 1 Verney-Carron et al. (2011) GCA 7. 2 Vigier et al. (2008) GCA 72. 3 Decarreau et al., GCA, major revision.

  19. 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 (?G*), activation enthalpy (?H*), and activation entropy (?S*) 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

  20. 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.

  1. Nitrate Mobility in Unsaturated Soil Affected by the Presence of Different Clay Mineral Types

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    B. J. Allred

    2005-01-01

    Transient unsaturated soil column experiments were conducted to assess the magnitude of the anion adsorption\\/exclusion effects on nitrate mobility due to the type of clay mineral present. In all tests, a manufactured soil was employed that was comprised of 90 percent by weight medium sand and 10 percent by weight clay mineral (kaolin, illite, or montmorillonite). Prior to initiating an

  2. Antimicrobial effects of quaternary phosphonium salt intercalated clay minerals on Escherichia coli and Staphylococci aureus.

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    Wu, Ting; Xie, A-Gui; Tan, Shao-Zao; Cai, Xiang

    2011-08-01

    The aim of this research was to determine the antimicrobial properties and influence factors of four clay minerals intercalated by quaternary phosphonium salt (tetradecyl tributyl phosphonium bromide, TDTB) on antimicrobial effects. Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococci aureus (S. aureus) were chosen for Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) tests to evaluate the antimicrobial activities of organ-clay minerals. The properties of organ-clay minerals were analyzed by FTIR, XRD, TEM, Z-Average and Zeta potential, and the releasing amount of TDTB into the broth was measured by ICP. The results showed that montmorillonites-TDTB inhibited the growth of E. coli and S. aureus, and the MICs were 200 ± 20 and 80 ± 15 mg/L, respectively. The amount of TDTB released into the broth was 3.42 ± 0.71%. According to the properties of organ-clay mineral, it was indicated that the antimicrobial activities of organ-clay mineral were the synergic effect of the releasing amount of TDTB, Zeta potential, particle size and distribution. The organ-clay mineral with the larger releasing amount of TDTB, the higher Zeta potential, the same particle size with bacterial size and the narrower size distribution exhibited better antimicrobial activity. The present study demonstrated the properties of organ-clay minerals effected their antimicrobial activities, provided theoretically guidance to promote the antimicrobial activity of clay minerals. PMID:21536418

  3. Review of XRD-based quantitative analyses of clay minerals in soils: the suitability of mineral intensity factors

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    Maren Kahle; Markus Kleber; Reinhold Jahn

    2002-01-01

    The determination of the types and relative amounts of the minerals present in soil forms an essential component of most soil characterization efforts. This paper reviews protocols for XRD-based quantitative clay mineral analysis in soils, with emphasis on methods using mineral intensity factors in combination with the so-called 100% approach. We summarize methodological differences and characteristic features and give information

  4. 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.

  5. Clay Minerals in Mawrth Vallis Region of Mars

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Thermal magnetic behaviour of Al-substituted haematite mixed with clay minerals and its geological significance

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    Jiang, Zhaoxia; Liu, Qingsong; Zhao, Xiangyu; Jin, Chunsheng; Liu, Caicai; Li, Shihu

    2015-01-01

    Clay minerals and Al-substituted haematite (Al-hm) usually coexist in soils and sediments. However, effects of clay minerals on Al-hm during thermal magnetic measurements in argon environment have not been well studied. In order to quantify such effects, a series of Al-hm samples were synthesized, and were then mixed with clay minerals (illite, chlorite, kaolinite and Ca-montmorillonite). The temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility curves in an argon environment showed that Al-substituted magnetite was produced during the thermal treatment via the reduction of Al-hm by the clay mineral, which leads to a significant magnetic enhancement of the thermal products. In addition, the reductive capacity varies among different types of clay minerals, that is, illite > chlorite > kaolinite > Ca-montmorillonite. Furthermore, the iron content in the clay minerals and Al content of Al-hm are two predominant factors controlling the reduced haematite content. The iron is released from the clay minerals and provides the reducing agent, while Al decreases the crystallinity of haematite and thus facilitates the chemical reaction. Therefore, the thermal magnetic measurements can be used to quantify the Al content of Al-hm in natural samples. Our study provides significant information for palaeomagnetism and environmental magnetism studies, such as thermal magnetic analysis and palaeomagnetic intensity reconstruction using ancient pottery and kilns.

  11. Paleoclimatic interpretation of clay minerals in the South China Sea during late Quaternary: A review

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    Liu, Z.

    2010-12-01

    Clay minerals can be used to track oceanic current variations and to reveal contemporaneous paleoclimatic changes prevailing in continental source areas, and have played a significant role in sedimentation and paleoenvironment studies of the South China Sea. However, it is quite debatable whether clay minerals in the South China Sea can directly indicate the East Asian monsoon evolution. This review reports that the clay mineral assemblage in the South China Sea is mainly controlled by provenance supply and current transport, and that the clay minerals themselves do not bear the contemporaneous paleoclimatic characteristics. For example, as three major provenances of terrigenous clastics, the Pearl River, Taiwan, and Luzon provide similar clay mineral assemblages, respectively, regardless of glacial or interglacial stages. Once entering the South China Sea, these clay minerals are transported by different oceanic currents. Therefore, the implication of late Quaternary clay mineral assemblages in the South China Sea for proxies of the East Asian monsoon evolution is realized through both the provenance supply and current transport processes with various results in different parts of the South China Sea.

  12. THE LINK BETWEEN CLAY MINERAL WEATHERING AND THE FORMATION OF NI SURFACE PRECIPITATES

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    THE LINK BETWEEN CLAY MINERAL WEATHERING AND THE FORMATION OF NI SURFACE PRECIPITATES Andreas C minerals may proceed via formation of surface precipitates, which may lead to a significant long the formation of several mineral phases with distinct solubilities. While turbostratic a-type metal hydroxides

  13. 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.

  14. Clays as mineral dust aerosol: An integrated approach to studying climate, atmospheric chemistry, and biogeochemical effects of atmospheric clay minerals in an undergraduate research laboratory

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    Hatch, C. D.; Crane, C. C.; Harris, K. J.; Thompson, C. E.; Miles, M. K.; Weingold, R. M.; Bucuti, T.

    2011-12-01

    Entrained mineral dust aerosol accounts for 45% of the global annual atmospheric aerosol load and can have a significant influence on important environmental issues, including climate, atmospheric chemistry, cloud formation, biogeochemical processes, visibility, and human health. 70% of all mineral aerosol mass originating from Africa consists of layered aluminosilicates, including illite, kaolinite, and montmorillonite clays. Clay minerals are a largely neglected component of mineral aerosol, yet they have unique physiochemical properties, including a high reactive surface area, large cation exchange capacities, small particle sizes, and a relatively large capacity to take up adsorbed water, resulting in expansion of clay layers (and a larger reactive surface area for heterogeneous interactions) in some cases. An integrated laboratory research approach has been implemented at Hendrix College, a Primarily Undergraduate Institution, in which undergraduate students are involved in independent and interdisciplinary research projects that relate the chemical aging processes (heterogeneous chemistry) of clay minerals as a major component of mineral aerosol to their effects on climate (water adsorption), atmospheric chemistry (trace gas uptake), and biogeochemistry (iron dissolution and phytoplankton biomarker studies). Preliminary results and future directions will be reported.

  15. 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.

  16. Application of the Modified Methylene Blue Test to Detect Clay Minerals in Coarse Aggregate Fines

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    Pitre, Brandon

    2012-12-04

    mix asphalt (HMA) and Portland cement concrete (PCC) mixes was also conducted. In one phase of the study, known amounts of standard clay minerals were introduced to the mixes, and performance testing was carried out. This was done in hopes...

  17. Sorption of organic matter on clay minerals in aquatic system and influence on sedimentary organic preservation.

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Sorption of organic matter on clay minerals in aquatic system and influence on sedimentary organic, 45067 Orléans Cedex 2, France (E-mail : Sylvain.Drouin@univ-orleans.fr). Sorption of organic molecules on clay surfaces in aquatic environment influence organic sedimentation fluxes. It is well known

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

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

    2011-01-01

    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

  19. 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.

  20. Structure and thermal\\/mechanical properties of poly(ethylene oxide)-clay mineral blends

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    Nobuo Ogata; Sugio Kawakage; Takashi Ogihara

    1997-01-01

    Montmorillonite was organically modified with distearyldimethyl-ammonium chloride. This organically modified clay mineral and poly(ethylene oxide), (PEO), were solvent-cast blended with chloroform, and the structure and properties of the resulting blends were investigated. The effects of the clay mineral content on the isothermal crystallization of PEO are discussed. From small and wide angle X-ray scattering measurements of the blends, it was

  1. A Study of the Adsorption of Ni(II) and Cu(II) by Clay Minerals

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    M. H. Koppelman; J. G. DILLARD

    1977-01-01

    The adsorption of Ni(II) and Cu(II) on to the clay minerMs kaolinite, chlorite, and illite has been investigated. The quantity of Ni(II) at pH 6 and Cu(II) at pH 5 adsorbed has been found to vary in the manner chlorite > illite > kaolinite. Examination of the mode of bonding of the metal ions to the clay minerals using X-ray

  2. High gradient magnetic separation of iron oxide minerals from soil clays

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    Schulze, Darrell Gene

    1977-01-01

    HIGH GRADIENT MAGNETIC SEPARATION OF IRON OXIDE MINERALS FROM SOIL CLAYS A Thesis by DARRELL GENE SCHULZE Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas AIM University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE... December 1977 Major Subject: Soil Science HIGH GRADIENT MAGNETIC SEPARATION OF IRON OXIDE MINERALS FROM SOIL CLAYS A Thesis DARRELL GENE SCHULZE Approved as to style and content by: (Chairman of C ittee) epartm t) j (Member) (Membe December 1977...

  3. 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

  4. 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)

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. EUROPIUM RETENTION ONTO CLAY MINERALS FROM 25 TO 150C: EXPERIMENTAL MEASUREMENTS, SPECTROSCOPIC FEATURES AND SORPTION MODELLING.

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    1 EUROPIUM RETENTION ONTO CLAY MINERALS FROM 25 TO 150°C: EXPERIMENTAL MEASUREMENTS, SPECTROSCOPIC.Tertre@univ-lille1.fr Keywords: europium, sorption, clays, experimental, temperature, Time-Resolved Laser

  8. 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...

  9. 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; Uroz, S

    2012-10-01

    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

  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. The Efficiency of 24 Minerals as Deposition Ice Nuclei: Focus on Feldspars, Clays and Metals

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    Yakobi-Hancock, J.; Ladino Moreno, L.; Abbatt, J.

    2013-12-01

    While the ice nucleating abilities of clay minerals have been extensively studied, those of the more minor mineralogical components of mineral dust have not been as widely examined. As a result, the deposition ice nucleating abilities of 24 atmospherically-relevant mineral samples were investigated using the University of Toronto continuous flow diffusion chamber at -40.0 × 0.3oC, using the same particle size (200nm) and preparation procedure throughout. The pure minerals' ice nucleating efficiencies were compared to those of complex mixtures (Arizona Test Dust and Mojave Desert Dust) and to that of lead iodide, which in the past was a prospective cloud seeding agent. Requiring a relative humidity with respect to ice (RHi) of 122.0 × 2.0% to activate 0.1% of the particles, lead iodide was the most efficient ice nucleus (IN) considered. Mojave Desert Dust (RHi 126.3 × 3.4%) and Arizona Test Dust (RHi 129.5 × 5.1%) exhibited lower but comparable activities. Through the analysis of a series of clay minerals (kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite), non-clay minerals (e.g. hematite, magnetite, calcite, cerussite, quartz, and other metal-containing species), and feldspar minerals (orthoclase, plagioclase) it was found that the feldspar minerals (particularly orthoclase), and not the clays, were the most efficient ice nuclei. Orthoclase and plagioclase were found to have critical RHi values of 127.1 × 6.3% and 136.2 × 1.3%, respectively. The presence of feldspars (most notably orthoclase) may play a large role in the deposition IN efficiencies of mineral dusts in spite of their lower percentage in composition relative to clay minerals. By contrast, most metal oxides, sulfide and sulfates were poor ice nuclei.

  12. Occurrence and alteration of clay minerals in the Caribbean Sea

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    Johnson, Charles Michael

    1973-01-01

    are examined in six cores from the southwestern and central Caribbean. An additional sample is analyzed for clay mineralogy from the Magdalene River in Colombia. X-ray diffraction, differential ther- mal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and electron... and the Caribbean Sea Previous Clay Investigations in the Caribbean CHAPTER III. METHODS OF ANALYSIS 12 Sampling Procedures Laboratory Preparation and Procedures X-ray Diffraction 12 12 14 Differential Thermal Analysis Infrared Spectrometry CHAPTER IV...

  13. Effect of pH on adsorption of arsenic and selenium from landfill leachate by clay minerals

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    R. R. Frost; R. A. Griffin

    1977-01-01

    Adsorption of As(V), As(III), and Se(IV) anions from municipal landfill leachate solutions by the clay minerals kaolinite and montmorillonite is strongly dependent upon solution pH. The HâAsOâ⁻ and HSeOâ⁻ ions are the apparent primary As(V) and Se(IV) species being adsorbed by the clay minerals. Activation of the anion adsorption sites on the clay minerals by H\\/sup +\\/ ions is important

  14. 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.

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

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    Hein, James R; Dowling, Jennifer S; Schuetze, Anthony; Lee, Homa 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 microm-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 Niño 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. PMID:12648951

  16. Competitive sorption of pyrene and pyridine to natural clay minerals and reference clay standards

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    Lee, Lai Man

    2001-01-01

    -organic interactions were thought to be negligible or nonexistent. Recent studies have shown that the mineral contribution in sorption of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) has been underestimated. Sorption mechanisms between minerals and PAH are poorly...

  17. Comparative studies of mycotoxin adsorption activities by clays and zeolitic minerals

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    Green, Justin Lane

    1984-01-01

    processing. A variety of clays and zeolitic minerals were tested for their capacity to bind patulin, penicillic acid, ochratoxin A, deoxy- nivalenol and [1- C] deoxynivalenol. Toxin/clay solutions were analyzed in vitro via HPLC using a reverse phase.... . . . . Analyti c extract i on of [I- CJ deoxyni val enol. . . 55 Fi gure 16 17 18 Bulk purification of [1- C] deoxynivalenol. . Radiochromatogram of I. 1- Cj deoxynivalenol. . HPLC chromatogram of patulin. Page 66 84 19 Total ion chromatogram...

  18. The aggregation of clay minerals and marine microalgal cells : physicochemical theory and implications for controlling harmful algal blooms

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    Sengco, Mario Rhuel

    2001-01-01

    In recent years, the use of clay minerals has emerged as one of the most promising strategies for directly controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs). Its principle is based on the mutual aggregation of algal cells and mineral ...

  19. Effects of aluminosilicate minerals in clay soil fractions on pore water hydroxide ion concentrations in soil/cement matrices

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    Cook, Evan Russell

    1998-01-01

    between clay minerals and calcium hydroxide. Pozzolanic reactions between aluminosilicate minerals in soils and portiandite or calcium silicate hydrate, generated by cement hydration, may significantly reduce the hydroxide ion concentration in soi...

  20. 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

  1. PYROGENIC CARBON-CLAY MINERAL ASSOCIATIONS IN SOIL SMECTITES

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    Bioorganic carbon is “sequestered” in soil as humic substances (HS). HS is believed to form strong complexes with clays by a number of bonding mechanisms, including ligand exchange, cation-bridging with metals, and H-bonding to siloxane sheets. However, the recent discovery of pyrogenic or black ca...

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. Si isotopes record cyclical dissolution and re-precipitation of pedogenic clay minerals in a podzolic soil chronosequence

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    Cornelis, Jean-Thomas; Weis, Dominique; Lavkulich, Les; Vermeire, Marie-Liesse; Delvaux, Bruno; Barling*, Jane

    2014-05-01

    Soils are a major resource on the planet, acting as a key component for ecosystem function. The secondary minerals in the clay fraction are important players in soil biogeochemical processes as they provide a large reactive surface area. However, the origin and evolution of secondary minerals in soils are not yet fully understood. We determined the Si isotope compositions in the clay fraction of a podzolic soil chronosequence and document light 28Si enrichment during pedogenesis that increases with soil age. Relative to the original 'unweathered' clay-size minerals in deepsoil (?30Si = -0.52±0.16 permil), the clay fraction of the topsoil eluvial horizon show less negative ?30Si values (?30Sifrom -0.33 to -0.10 permil), while the clay fraction of the subsoil illuvial horizons is isotopically lighter (?30Si from -0.60 to -0.84 permil). Geochemical and X-ray diffraction analyses show that the on-going enrichment in light 28Si in pedogenic minerals of illuvial subsoil horizons can only be related to the dissolution in the topsoil horizon of clay minerals previously enriched in 28Si. The 28Si enrichment in the clay fraction with pedogenesis and soil age provides consistent evidence for the cyclical dissolution and re-precipitation of pedogenic minerals. Our study shows that the successive generations of clay minerals occur over very short time scales (ca. 300 years). This is instrumental in the evolution of the clay mineral genesis in soils. This soil-forming process has implications for the modeling of soil evolution. Given the importance of clay minerals in the chemical cycles of elements, deciphering the origin of pedogenic Si in clay mineral genesis is central to a better understanding of soil development and associated terrestrial biogeochemical processes.

  5. 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.

  6. Stable isotope geochemistry of sulfur bearing minerals and clay mineralogy of some soils and sediments in Loot Desert, central Iran

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    Ahmad, Sajjad

    Stable isotope geochemistry of sulfur bearing minerals and clay mineralogy of some soils Keywords: Sulfur geochemistry Gypsum crystallization water Clay mineralogy Palygorskite Iranian soils Loot and sediments. In the present research, sources of gypsum and other sulfur bearing minerals using stable isotope

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. An investigation of water uptake on clays minerals using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy coupled with quartz crystal microbalance measurements

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    Jennifer D. Schuttlefield; David Cox; Vicki H. Grassian

    2007-01-01

    It is becoming increasingly clear that the heterogeneous chemistry of mineral dust aerosol is a function of relative humidity (f(RH)) as water on the surface of the mineral dust particles can enhance or inhibit its reactivity depending on the reaction. Since clay minerals make up a significant component of the mineral dust aerosol, it is important to understand water uptake

  10. Adsorption of glucosinolates to metal oxides, clay minerals and humic acid

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    Anne Louise Gimsing; Jens Christian Sørensen; Bjarne W. Strobel; Hans Christian Bruun Hansen

    2007-01-01

    Glucosinolates are thioglucosides produced by plants belonging to the Capparales order. Glucosinolates can upon hydrolysis be transformed into a variety of bioactive compounds with a potential to serve as naturally produced pesticides. This paper presents results on the adsorption of prop-2-enyl and benzyl glucosinolate to two metal oxides (amorphous aluminium hydroxide and goethite), two clay minerals (kaolinite and montmorillonite) and

  11. INFLUENCE OF TEMPERATURE ON NICKEL SORPTION ON CLAY MINERAL AND OXIDE SURFACES. K. G. Scheckel1

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    INFLUENCE OF TEMPERATURE ON NICKEL SORPTION ON CLAY MINERAL AND OXIDE SURFACES. K. G. Scheckel1- mation of metal precipitates. However, the influence of temperature on the kinetic formation of these metal pre- cipitates has not been studied. The effect of temperature on reaction rates is well known

  12. FINAL REPORT. 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 radionuclides in the environment. This project consisted of developing and implementing computer simulation methods for molecular characterization of the swellin...

  13. 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 10µm/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 = 1µm/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.

  14. 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

    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 ...

  15. Is the geological concept of clay minerals appropriate for soil science? A literature-based and philosophical analysis

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    Churchman, G. Jock

    Data in the literature for soils that are dominated by each of the main types of clay minerals were examined and compared with those for reference clay minerals of the same types to determine the extent to which the nature and properties of clay-size minerals in soils could be explained by those of clay minerals with the same name from non-soil, ‘geological’ environments. Published information on soils from Australia, New Zealand and Iran was sourced for this study. The clay fractions of each of the soils are dominated by either one of the common phyllosilicates: kaolinite, halloysite, illite/mica, vermiculite, smectite, and palygorskite, or by the nanocrystalline mineral, allophane. Data for samples of kaolinite that had been extracted from soils from several countries (Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil) and purified before characterization have also been examined. In soils, each dominant clay mineral is generally associated with other materials, including iron oxides, other phyllosilicates and/or nanocrystalline minerals and organic matter. As the most studied example of an extracted phyllosilicate, kaolinite shows a wide range of properties in different soils, but a narrower range of properties within a particular locality. However, almost all of the soil kaolinites studied have larger specific surface areas and higher cation exchange capacities than reference kaolinites. The literature also reveals that, among phyllosilicates in soils, illites have a wide range of potassium contents, expandable minerals (vermiculites and smectites) may be interlayered by hydroxy-Al species particularly, and smectitic layers often occur interstratified with other layers, including those of illite, kaolinite and halloysite. The variability of soil phyllosilicates and their common association with other, often poorly crystallized but highly reactive minerals and compounds can be explained by their formation in the highly heterogeneous and dynamic soil environment. Phyllosilicates from non-soil or geological sources are poor models for the representation of secondary clay-size minerals in soils. In philosophical terms, the reduction of soil mineralogy to mineralogy as it is practiced within geology is misleading because of the differences between the minerals formed in soil and geological environments. In other words, clay minerals as they are defined as mineralogical entities for geology are of a different ‘kind’ to clay minerals in soils and cannot serve as ‘types’ or ‘stereotypes’ to enable explanation of the contribution of secondary clay-size minerals to soil properties or behavior. It is more useful to view clay minerals in soils as secondary inorganic compounds of clay-size than to follow their definition for non-soil purposes as plastic phyllosilicate minerals.

  16. Clay and non-clay minerals in the pharmaceutical industry Part I. Excipients and medical applications

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    Ahmad, Sajjad

    (pH), plasticity, opacity, and colour. Clearly such minerals must not be toxic to humans are water solubility and dispersivity, hygroscopi- city, unctuosity, thixotropy, slightly alkaline reaction (halite, sylvite), phosphates (hydroxyapatite), and phyllosilicates (palygors- kite, sepiolite, kaolinite

  17. 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.

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

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    Plachá, Daniela; Rosenbergová, Kate?ina; Slabotínský, Ji?í; Kutláková, Kate?ina Mamulová; Studentová, So?a; Martynková, Gražyna 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

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

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    Warr, Laurence N.; Friese, André; 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    May, H.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.

  5. 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.

  6. Significance of saturation index of certain clay minerals in shallow coastal groundwater, in and around Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Chidambaram, S.; Karmegam, U.; Sasidhar, P.; Prasanna, M. V.; Manivannan, R.; Arunachalam, S.; Manikandan, S.; Anandhan, P.

    2011-10-01

    The saturation index of clay minerals like Gibbsite, Kaolinite, Illite, Montmorillonite and Chlorite in groundwater were studied in detail by collecting 29 groundwater samples from the shallow coastal aquifers in and around Kalpakkam. The samples collected were analysed for major cations, anions and trace elements by using standard procedures. The study reveals that pH has a significant role in the saturation index (SI) of minerals. It also shows that the relationship of electrical conductivity to the SI of these minerals is not significant than that of the ionic strength, log pCO2 values, and alumina silica ratio have significant relation to the SI of these clay minerals. The SI of these clay minerals was spatially distributed to identify the areas of higher SI. Silica has good correlation to SI of Kaolinite, Gibbsite and Montmorillonite and Al has good correlation to SI of all the minerals except to that of Chlorite.

  7. Influence of soil properties on the toxicity of TiO? nanoparticles on carbon mineralization and bacterial abundance.

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    Simonin, Marie; Guyonnet, Julien P; Martins, Jean M F; Ginot, Morgane; Richaume, Agnès

    2015-02-11

    Information regarding the impact of low concentration of engineered nanoparticles on soil microbial communities is currently limited and the importance of soil characteristics is often neglected in ecological risk assessment. To evaluate the impact of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on soil microbial communities (measured on bacterial abundance and carbon mineralization activity), 6 agricultural soils exhibiting contrasted textures and organic matter contents were exposed for 90 days to a low environmentally relevant concentration or to an accidental spiking of TiO2-NPs (1 and 500mgkg(-1) dry soil, respectively) in microcosms. In most soils, TiO2-NPs did not impact the activity and abundance of microbial communities, except in the silty-clay soil (high OM) where C-mineralization was significantly lowered, even with the low NPs concentration. Our results suggest that TiO2-NPs toxicity does not depend on soil texture but likely on pH and OM content. We characterized TiO2-NPs aggregation and zeta potential in soil solutions, in order to explain the difference of TiO2-NPs effects on soil C-mineralization. Zeta potential and aggregation of TiO2-NPs in the silty-clay (high OM) soil solution lead to a lower stability of TiO2-NP-aggregates than in the other soils. Further experiments would be necessary to evaluate the relationship between TiO2-NPs stability and toxicity in the soil. PMID:25464292

  8. Clay-Mineral Alteration in the Upper Mississippi Valley Zinc-Lead District

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    A. V. Heyl; J. W. HOSTERMAN; M. R. BROCK

    1963-01-01

    Clay-mineral alteration in a carbonaceous shale bed seems to be related to hydro- thermal zinc-lead depositions in the Upper Mississippi Valley district in southwestern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northeastern Iowa. A 3-in. thick, dark-brown, carbonaceous shale at the base of the Quimbys Mill Member of the Platteville Forma- tion can be traced accurately in the Thompson-Temperly mine near New Dig~gings,

  9. 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

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

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    Guangren Qian; Darren Delai Sun; Joo Hwa Tay

    2001-01-01

    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

  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 >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.

  12. Clay-mineral fabrics and chemistry in Salton Trough geothermal fields

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    Haar, S.V.; Wolgemuth, K.; Schatz, J.

    1981-07-01

    Fluid production from, and hence the economic viability of, a geothermal field is related to the amount of clay minerals in the caprock and in the reservoir rocks. In both the East Mesa and Cerro Prieto fields in the Salton Trough of southern California, United States, and Baja California, Mexico, scanning electron micrography (SEM) has vividly documented the role of clay fabrics in deltaic quartz-sandstone reservoirs. For example, in East Mesa well 78-30 at 1630 m depth in a zone of quartz dissolution, the clay present in pores exhibits an irregular, crenulate, honeycomb fabric and has the following composition from energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX): Si 61%, Al 25%, Fe 20%, Na 6%, K 2%, and Mg 1%. Platy clusters of clay (kaolinite) in Cerro Prieto well T-366 at 2522 m in a 300/sup 0/C geothermal aquifer were analyzed as: Si 62%, Al 25%, Mg 6%, and Fe 1%. In other samples, illite takes the form of wispy fibers whose intertwined ends form bridges across pores. These clay fabrics appear to reduce permeability significantly by clogging the pore throats, even though dissolution porosity ranges from 25 to 35%. Nineteen wells have been studied to date.

  13. 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.

  14. The formation of clay minerals in faulted granite of the Rhine rift system

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    Schleicher, A. M.; Warr, L. N.; Peacor, D. R.; van der Pluijm, B. A.

    2003-04-01

    Although the Rhine Graben is one of the best studied rift systems in the world, there is still relatively little known about the fluid-rock history of the faulted basement rocks, other than in the Soultz-Sous-Forets (HDR borehole). Effective modelling of the regional flow of fluids within the rift sequence and its underlying basement is dependent on knowledge concerning changes in permeability and porosity of basement faults, which can be empirically assessed by studying the alteration history of cataclasite samples. In this contribution we present the results of a combined X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy (SEM and HRTEM) study of low temperature altered cataclasites in the basement granite from two contrasting localities. 1) The Soultz-Sous-Forets borehole site (sampled below 1417 m), that is located in the western part of the rift basin, and 2) the E-W trending Schauenburg Fault, positioned along the eastern Rhine Graben shoulder. This latter structure marks a vertical contact between Permian rhyolite and Variscan granite and is positioned immediately adjacent to the N-S trending basin boundary fault. The alteration mineralogy of the cataclasites sampled from these localities reveal notable differences, which are considered to reflect variations in the faults burial-uplift and fluid history. The Soultz samples contain mostly anhedral and fibrous illite-muscovite (predominantly 2M polytype) and less chlorite as the main alteration products, which occur both as pore-filling minerals and as replacement products of feldspar (both plagioclase and K-feldspar) and biotite. In contrast, in the Schauenburg Fault 1Md illite/smectite polytypes dominate, along with significant quantities of kaolinite. These minerals are also formed by replacement of feldspars and as neocrystallized pore-filling material. Kaolinite is particularly abundant in the center of the fault, where several generations of well-developed pseudohexagonal stacks can be recognized, partially infilling pore-spaces of the fault rock. The origin of these clay growth events is discussed in terms of both Mesozoic and Tertiary thermal history and meteoric input along the margins of the Upper Rhine Graben region.

  15. Synthesis of Smectite Clay Minerals: A Critical Review

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    Kloprogge, J T. (unknown); Komarneni, S (Pennsylvania State University); Amonette, James E. (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB))

    1999-01-01

    Smectites are one of the most important groups of phyllosilicates found in soils and sediments, and certainly one of the most difficult to study. New information about the formation mechanisms, impact of structural features on surface properties, and long-term stability of smectites can best be gained from the systematic study of single-phase specimens. In most instances, these specimens can only be obtained through synthesis under controlled conditions. Syntheses of smectites have been attempted (1) at ambient pressure and low-temperature (< 100 C), (2) under moderate hydrothermal conditions (100-1000 C, pressures to several kbars), (3) under extreme hydrothermal conditions (>1000 C or pressures> 10 kbars), and (4) in the presence of fluoride. Of these approaches, syntheses performed under moderate hydrothermal conditions are the most numerous and the most successful in terms of smectite yield and phase- purity. Using hydrothermal techniques, high phase-purity can be obtained for beidellites and several transition-metal smectites. However, synthesis of montmorillonite in high purity remains difficult. Starting materials for hydrothermal syntheses include gels, glasses, and other aluminosilicate minerals. The presence of Mg2+ seems to be essential for the formation of smectites, even for phases such as montmorillonite which contain low amounts of Mg. Highly crystalline smectites can be obtained when extreme temperatures or pressures are used, but other crystalline impurities are always present. Although the correlation between synthesis stability fields and thermodynamic stability fields is good in many instances, metastable phases are often formed. Few studies, however, include the additional experiments (approach from under- and over-saturation, reversal experiments) needed to ascertain the conditions for formation of thermodynamically stable phases. Thorough characterization of synthetic products by modern instrumental and molecular-scale techniques is also needed to better understand the processes leading to smectite formation.

  16. 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.

  17. Clay mineral records of East Asian monsoon evolution during late Quaternary in the southern South China Sea

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    Zhifei Liu; C. Colin; A. Trentesaux; D. Blamart

    2005-01-01

    High-resolution clay mineral records combined with oxygen isotopic stratigraphy over the past 190 ka during late Quaternary\\u000a from core MD01-2393 off the Mekong River in the southern South China Sea are reported to reconstruct a history of East Asian\\u000a monsoon evolution. The dominating clay mineral components indicate a strong glacial-interglacial cyclicity, with high glacial\\u000a illite, chlorite, and kaolinite contents and

  18. Origin, Behavior and Texture of Clay Minerals in Mongolian Active Fault of Bogd and Comparison with SAFOD Fault Gouge

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    Wenk, H.; Buatier, M.; Chauvet, A.; Kanitpanyacharoen, W.

    2010-12-01

    Fault gouges are generally considered as the highly deformed zone corresponding to the localization of shear during seismic events. Clays are ubiquitous minerals in fault gouges but the origin is unclear. They can form as a result of break up of inherited phyllosilicates during faulting, or during co- or post- deformation events or even during interseismic creeping. In this study, we aim to characterize the origin and nature of the clay minerals, to observe the microtexture and preferred orientation of clay at various scales in order to understand the behavior of clay mineral in seismic faults. The investigation relied on x-ray powder patterns, SEM, TEM and high energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The major clay components are smectite, illite-smectite, illite-mica and kaolinite. Our observations suggest that the protolith and the fault rock of the Bogd and paleo-Bogd faults in Mongolia were highly altered by fluids. The fluid-rock interactions allows clay minerals to form and to precipitate kaolinite and smectite. Thus, newly formed clay minerals are heterogeneously distributed in the fault zone. The decrease of smectite component of the highly deformed samples suggests a dehydration process during deformation, leading to illite precipitation. From synchrotron diffraction images, volume fractions and preferred orientation were analyzed. Our analysis shows that texture strength of constituent clays is very weak ranging from 1.05 to 2.59 m.r.d., which is consistent with similar data from SAFOD fault gouge. The clays minerals of the Bogd fault favors the slip weakening behavior of the fault.

  19. Impact of clay mineral on air oxidation of PAH-contaminated soils.

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    Biache, Coralie; Kouadio, Olivier; Lorgeoux, Catherine; Faure, Pierre

    2014-09-01

    This work investigated the impact of a clay mineral (bentonite) on the air oxidation of the solvent extractable organic matters (EOMs) and the PAHs from contaminated soils. EOMs were isolated from two coking plant soils and mixed with silica sand or bentonite. These samples, as well as raw soils and bentonite/soil mixtures, were oxidized in air at 60 and 100 °C for 160 days. Mineralization was followed by measuring the CO2 produced over the experiments. EOM, polycyclic aromatic compound (PAC), including PAH, contents were also determined. Oxidation led to a decrease in EOM contents and PAH concentrations, these diminutions were enhanced by the presence of bentonite. Transfer of carbon from EOM to insoluble organic matter pointed out a condensation phenomenon leading to a stabilization of the contamination. Higher mineralization rates, observed during the oxidation of the soil/bentonite mixtures, seem to indicate that this clay mineral had a positive influence on the transformation of PAC into CO2. PMID:24816462

  20. Preferred Orientation and Anisotropy of Clay minerals and Pores in Posidonia Shales

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    Kanitpanyacharoen, W.; Chen, K.; Wenk, H.

    2010-12-01

    Shales compose a large part of sedimentary basins and form the seal and source rocks for hydrocarbon reservoirs. They are also of great interest in context of repositories for nuclear waste and carbon sequestration. A comprehensive study of shale properties is thus crucial for seismic prospecting, particularly due to high elastic anisotropy that is contributed by the alignment of constituent clay minerals during compaction and diagenesis. In this study, we quantitatively analyze composition, crystal preferred orientation (or texture), and the 3D porosity structure in four Posidonia shales from Germany using high energy synchrotron x-rays. We can infer texture information from x-ray diffraction images relying on the Rietveld method, as well as determine the 3D porosity structure from tomography images. We observed that quartz and calcite are dominating phases while illite-smectite, illite-mica and kaolinite are the major clay minerals. The texture strength of clays range from 4.22 to 6.12 m.r.d. A comparison of shallow Posidonia shales with deep shales from the North Sea, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf of Mexico documents that P-wave anisotropy increases with increasing phyllosilicate content (mainly illite-smectite and kaolinite) and increasing burial. Low absorption features in microtomography images indicate porosity (including kerogen and fractures), which is estimated at 1 vol% and observed to be anisotropic, mainly organized parallel to bedding with little connectivity of flat pores in direction perpendicular to the bedding plane.

  1. Late Quaternary variability of precipitation in Southern California and climatic implications: clay mineral evidence from the Santa Barbara Basin, ODP Site 893

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    Robert, C.

    2004-05-01

    Clay mineral assemblages have been investigated in a sequence of Late Quaternary age sediments (160 ka) from the Santa Barbara Basin off California. These predominantly terrigenous sediments contain an assemblage of clay minerals dominated by smectite mostly derived from discharges of the Santa Clara River, together with illite and kaolinite from adjacent relief. Besides its characteristic clay mineral signature, the Santa Clara River has the largest drainage basin in this region and contributes most of the terrigenous load to the Santa Barbara Basin. Smectite contents of the sediments in the basin may therefore be used as a proxy for precipitation and run-off. Distinct changes in the relative abundance of smectite allow reconstruction of the pattern of precipitation, and its relations with regional environments and global climate. This showed that major intervals of precipitation coincide with local development of pine during glacials, and oak during terminations and interglacials; some expansion of mountain glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, especially when they occur during local minima of insolation; and lacustrine developments in the now arid continental interior of California. Major precipitation intervals started during glacials, and persisted during terminations and early interglacials, associated with a weak California Current and subsequent expansion of warm Pacific surface waters. In detail, major precipitation intervals consist of alternating episodes of higher and lower rainfall modulated by orbital precession, with a significant correlation between episodes of high rainfall and minima in precession, which were times of increased meridional gradients, enhanced poleward heat transfer and northward expansion of tropical waters.

  2. In situ measurements of tetraphenylboron degradation kinetics on clay mineral surfaces by IR

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    Hunter, D.B.; Bertsch, P.M. (Univ. of Georgia, Aiken, SC (United States))

    1994-04-01

    An attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic method has been developed to quantitatively measure, in situ, the surface-facilitated degradation of tetraphenylboron (TPB) in fully aquated clay pastes. Two pathways for degradation of TPB could be studied both independently and simultaneously. Surface-facilitated oxidation of TPB to diphenylboric acid (DPBA) at Lewis acid sites on clay mineral surfaces was investigated on three members of the smectite family of clays. No degradation of TPB occurred on hectorite, which contains no structural Fe. TPB degraded to DPBA on montmorillonite and nontronite. A color change in nontronite indicated the production of mixed valence Fe[sup 3+]-O-Fe[sup 2+] states and clearly demonstrates the reduction of structural iron during the course of the reaction. The degradation of TPB to triphenylboron (TriPB) at Bronsted acid sites could also be measured on aluminum-saturated clays either independently on hectorite or simultaneously to the Lewis acid reaction on montmorillonite by the ATR-IR method. First-order rate models are developed for both reactions and describe the data well. 28 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Syn- and post-sedimentary controls on clay mineral assemblages in a tectonically active basin, Andean Argentinean foreland

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    Do Campo, Margarita; Nieto, Fernando; del Papa, Cecilia; Hongn, Fernando

    2014-07-01

    In the northern part of the Calchaquí Valley (NW Argentina), Palaeogene Andean foreland sediments are represented by a 1400-metre-thick continental succession (QLC: Quebrada de Los Colorados Formation) consisting of claystones, siltstones, sandstones, and conglomerates representing sedimentation in fluvial-alluvial plains and alluvial fan settings. To understand the main syn- and postsedimentary variables controlling the clay mineral assemblages of this succession, we have studied the fine-grained clastic sediments by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, along with a detailed sedimentary facies analysis, for two representative sections. In the northern section, the whole succession was sampled and analysed by XRD, whereas in the second section, a control point 15 km to the south, only the basal levels were analysed. The XRD study revealed a strong contrast in clay mineral assemblages between these two sections as well as with sections in the central Calchaquí Valley studied previously. In the northernmost part of the study area, a complete evolution from smectite at the top to R3 illite/smectite mixed-layers plus authigenic kaolinite at the bottom, through R1-type mixed-layers in between, has been recognized, indicating the attainment of late diagenesis. In contrast, the clay mineral assemblages of equivalent foreland sediments cropping out only 15 km to the south contain abundant smectite and micas, subordinate kaolinite and chlorite, and no I/S mixed-layers to the bottom of the sequence. Early diagenetic conditions were also inferred in a previous study for equivalent sediments of the QLC Formation cropping out to the south, in the central Calchaquí Valley, as smectite occurs in basal strata. Burial depths of approximately 3000 m were estimated for the QLC Formation in the central and northern Calchaquí Valley; in addition, an intermediate to slightly low geothermal gradient can be considered likely for both areas as foreland basins are regarded as hypothermal basins. Consequently, the attainment of late diagenesis in the northernmost study area cannot be explained by significant differences in burial depth nor in geothermal gradient in relation to the section 15 km to the south nor with the central Calchaquí Valley. The formation of R3 mixed-layer I/S and authigenic kaolinite in the northern study area was most likely controlled by the circulation of hot, deep fluids along the reverse faults that bounded the Calchaquí valley. These faults were active during the Cenozoic, as evidenced by the syndepositional deformation features preserved in the studied sediments. Stress could also have been a driving force in burial diagenesis at the R3 mixed-layer I/S stage in these young continental sediments.

  4. PII S0016-7037(98)00136-7 The kinetics of mixed Ni-Al hydroxide formation on clay and aluminum oxide minerals

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    PII S0016-7037(98)00136-7 The kinetics of mixed Ni-Al hydroxide formation on clay and aluminum. This finding indicates that the dissolution of clay and aluminum oxide minerals can be promoted by metal ions

  5. 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 (?s°) 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.

  6. Removal of phosphate ions from aqueous solution using Tunisian clays minerals and synthetic zeolite.

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    Hamdi, Noureddine; Srasra, Ezzeddine

    2012-01-01

    Phosphate ions are usually considered to be responsible for the algal bloom in receiving water bodies and aesthetic problems in water. From the environmental point of view, the management of such contaminant and valuable resource is very important. The present work deals with the removal of phosphate ions from aqueous solutions using kaolinitic and smectic clay minerals and synthetic zeolite as adsorbent. The pH effect and adsorption kinetic were studied. It was found that phosphate could be efficiently removed at acidic pH (between 4 and 6) and the second order model of kinetics is more adopted for all samples. The isotherms of adsorption of phosphate ions by the two clays and the zeolite samples show that the zeolite has the highest rate of uptake (52.9 mg P/g). Equilibrium data were well fitted with Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm. PMID:22894095

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Sorption of uranium(VI) at the clay mineral–water interface

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    Samer Bachmaf; Broder J. Merkel

    2011-01-01

    Batch experiments were conducted to study the sorption of uranium on selected clay minerals (KGa-1b and KGa-2 reference kaolinite,\\u000a SWy-2 and STx-1b reference montmorillonite, and IBECO natural bentonite) as a function of pH (4–9) and 0.001, 0.01, and 0.025 M\\u000a NaCl in equilibrium with the CO2 partial pressure of the atmosphere. Uranium concentrations were kept below 100 ?g L?1 to avoid precipitation of

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Stable isotope geochemistry of clay minerals from fossil and active hydrothermal systems, southwestern Hokkaido, Japan

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    Marumo, Katsumi [Geological Survey of Japan, Ibaraki (Japan)] [Geological Survey of Japan, Ibaraki (Japan); Longstaffe, F.J. [Univ. of Western Ontario, London (Canada)] [Univ. of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Matsubaya, Osamu [Akita Univ. (Japan)] [Akita Univ. (Japan)

    1995-06-01

    Miocene submarine to Quaternary terrestrial volcanism in southwestern Hokkaido, Japan, is associated with hydrothermal clay alteration and mineralization, including Kuroko-type deposits at Kagenosawa (14.2 Ma, Cu > Zn, Pb > Au) and Minamishiraoi (12.5 Ma, Ba > Zn, Pb, Cu), vein-style at Noboribetsu ({le} 1.8 Ma). The {delta}D and {delta}{sup 18}O values of mica (sericite), mica-smectite, chlorite, chlorite-smectite, nacrite, dickite, kaolinite, and smectite were used to deduce the type(s) of hydrothermal fluid at each locality. Calculated compositions for Minamishiraoi and Kagenosawa fluids suggest that seawater was dominant, but some mixing with magmatic water is also indicated, particularly for the polymetallic Kagenosawa deposit. Hydrothermal fluids at Date, Chitose, and the Noboribetsu geothermal area were dominated by meteoric water. The {delta}D and {delta}{sup 18}O values of modern hot-spring waters at Noboribetsu closely parallel fluid compositions calculated for the clay alteration at Date, Chitose, and Noboribetsu. In vacuo TG patterns of other smectitic clays suggested gradual loss of hydroxyl-groups beginning near 200{degrees}C, rather than the more typical distinct separation between interlayer water at <200{degrees}C and hydroxyl-groups at >400{degrees}C. This behaviour constrains the maximum temperature that can be used for in vacuo preheating. Furthermore, shifts to lower {delta}D values (by as much as 19{per_thousand}) were obtained when this smectite was dispersed in low-D water for three weeks, perhaps indicating isotopic exchange. However, with appropriate care, {delta}D values obtained by conventional procedures (including preheating to {le}200{degrees}C) normally reproduced natural compositions of the smectitic clays with acceptable accuracy and precision.

  16. Effects of heavy metals on the electrokinetic properties of bacteria, yeast, and clay minerals

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    Collins, Y.E.

    1987-01-01

    The electrokinetic patterns of four bacteria (Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus megaterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Agrobacterium radiobacter), two yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Canida albicans), and two clay minerals (montmorillonite, kaolinite) in the presence of the chloride salts of heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Zn) and of Na and Mg were determined by microelectrophoresis. The cells and clays were net negatively charged at pH values above their isoelectric point (pI) in solutions of Na, Mg, Hg, and Pb with an ionic strength (..mu..) of 3 x 10/sup -4/. However, at pH values above pH 5.0, 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. The charge of the bacteria and S. cerevisiae also reversed in solution of Ni and Cu with a ..mu.. > 3 x 10/sup -4/, whereas there was no reversal in solutions with a ..mu.. < 3 x 10/sup -4/. The clays became net positively charged when the ..mu.. of Cu was > 3 x 10/sup -4/ and that of Ni was > 1.5 x 10/sup -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/sup -4/). The pI of the cells in the presence of some heavy metals, especially Ni and Cr, was at higher pH values than in the presence of Na and Mg.

  17. 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.

  18. Ionic liquids in soils: effects of different anion species of imidazolium based ionic liquids on wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) as affected by different clay minerals and clay concentrations

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    Marianne Matzke; Stefan Stolte; Jürgen Arning; Ute Uebers; Juliane Filser

    2009-01-01

    This study contributes to a prospective hazard assessment of ionic liquids, focusing on the terrestrial environment. The influence\\u000a of differently composed soils—varying contents of the clay minerals smectite and kaolinite—on the toxicity of different anion\\u000a species of imidazolium based ionic liquids was studied for growth inhibition of wheat (Triticum aestivum). IM14 (CF3SO2)2N appeared the most toxic, independently of the investigated

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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).

  2. Integrated analysis for constraining palaeoclimatic and volcanic influences on clay–mineral assemblages in orogenic basins (Palaeogene Andean foreland, Northwestern Argentina)

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    Margarita Do Campo; Cecilia del Papa; Fernando Nieto; Fernando Hongn; Ivan Petrinovic

    2010-01-01

    Variations in clay–mineral assemblages in ancient continental deposits are frequently used to reconstruct past climate changes. In active settings, volcanic events can supply highly labile volcaniclastic material, which can easily be transformed into smectite via diagenesis, which can produce a noticeable footprint in clay–mineral assemblages. Southern Central Andean foreland deposits are appropriate case studies to ascertain whether the climatic signal

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. The differences in clay minerals between the northern and southern Chelungpu fault, Taiwan

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    Hashimoto, Y.

    2004-12-01

    In 1999, we obtained a detailed data about motion of fault from the Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake. The motion represents the high frequency of acceleration and small slip distance in southern part, and low frequency of acceleration and large slip distance in the northern part. Those differences in the fault motion between the southern and northern parts are coincidence with occurrences of deformation textures of rocks which were sampled by drilling of shallow parts (a few hundreds meter) of the fault in 2000. In the southern core, a relatively strong deformation structure is preserved in total, and gouge containing fragments of pseudotachylytes and ultracataclasites is observed at the Chi-Chi- earthquake fault, which indicates that the main deformation mechanisms for the southern part of the fault was brittle. On the other hands, in the northern part, sand layer with much amount of water is found at the Chi-Chi- earthquake fault zone, and no breakage of sand grain is observed, which suggests that the deformation mechanism for northern part is independent particulate flow. The purpose of this study is to reveal the differences in clay minerals between the southern and northern part of the Chi-Chi earthquake fault. And then, we discuss about rock-fluid interaction and frictional heating characterized in seismogenic fault system. We analyzed clay minerals by X-ray diffract meter (XRD) after classification of rock types such as sandstone, alteration of sandstone and mudstone, breccia, and gouge. 1.33 micron meter of grains are obtained. Oriented sample was made. XRD analysis was conducted under following condition; 35kV, 15mA, 1 degree per minute of scan rate, and 0.02 degree of scan step. Range of 2 theta was from 2 degree to 35 degree. At first, air-dried condition of samples was measured. After that, ethylene glycol solvated samples were measured. The result represents that all samples contain smectite, illite, chlorite. No difference in components of clay mineral is observed between the southern and northern site. We focused on Chlorite which is contained in all analyzed samples. Total number of iron and magnesium (Y value), or asymmetry of iron between silicate layer and hydroxide layer (D value) is affected by pH of fluid when the chlorite is precipitated. In the northern site, Y value increases and D value decrease in gouge relatively to that in other rocks. On the other hand, in southern site, Y value decreases and D value increases in gouge which is located just at the Chi-Chi earthquake fault. This result suggests that pH of fluid differed at the time of fault activities. One of the possibilities of this cause is radical reaction. The differences of deformation mechanisms between the southern site and northern may be affected by whether radical reaction occurred or not at the time of chlorite precipitation. Other characteristic in clay mineral is smectite consumption. Illite% to smectite of host rock represents about 96% in average. Whereas, some gouge samples have no smectite. Smectite-illite transition is mainly affected by temperature. Treated samples are about 15cm in size. Therefore, this smectite consumption may be due to localized heating, which may be frictional heating. Temperature loggings after 1.5 year from the Chi-Chi- earthquake represent temperature anomalies both in the northern and southern site. If those temperature anomalies are due to frictional heating, localized increment in temperature is about a few tens degrees Celsius in the order. This temperature rise can not consume smectite to transit to illite from 96% to under 1%. Therefore, the smectite consumption may be integrated result of repetition of frictional heating in seismic history.

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

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    Kirkpatrick, R.J.; Yeongkyoo Kim [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States). Department of Geology; Weiss, C.A. [Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS (United States). Structures Laboratory; Cygan, R.T. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. A new correlation relating the shear strength of reconstituted soil to the proportions of clay minerals and plasticity characteristics

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    Binod Tiwari; Beena Ajmera

    2011-01-01

    It has been recommended to use “fully softened shear strength” while conducting slope stability analysis of first time slides. Studies pertaining to the influence of the mineral composition of a soil mass on the residual shear strength are available in the literature. However, very limited studies are available regarding the effect of clay mineralogy on the fully softened shear strength.

  10. 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

  11. Is the clogging process in Maqarin natural analogue controlled by accessory clay minerals? A reactive transport study with new data.

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    Shao, H.; Kosakowski, G.; Berner, U.; Kulik, D.; Mäder, U.; Kolditz, O.

    2012-04-01

    The safety of nuclear waste repositories is based on the functionality of multiple natural and engineered barriers for very long time. The barrier system typically combines geochemically different materials that might interact with each other. One example is the long term alteration of sedimentary host rocks by the interaction with high pH pore water from cement materials used for tunnel support, seals and as backfill material. Within this context the Maqarin site in Jordan was investigated since more than 20 years as a natural analogue for rock alterations and pore clogging due to ingress of high pH solutions. In this work we examine the geochemical evolution of Maqarin marl rock in contact with a fracture through which a hyper-alkaline groundwater is circulating. The new reactive transport calculations were performed with the code OpenGeoSys-GEMS and utilize a state-of-the-art geochemical model for cement-clay interactions. The simulations reveal that the precipitation of ettringite, and to a smaller extent the precipitation of calcium-silicate-hydrate (CSH), is responsible for pore clogging in the rock matrix. Clogging of the pore space effectively seals the rock matrix on a centimeter scale after some hundreds of years and suppresses mass transfer of solutes from the fracture into the adjacent rock. In our Maqarin marl rock model typical clay minerals like kaolinite and illite are present in accessory mineral quantities only. A sensitivity analysis reveals that in this setup clay minerals are the main source for Al, necessary for the formation of ettringite-type solid solutions. It is thus the clay mineral content and the dissolution reactions that to a large degree control the spatial and temporal precipitation of ettringites and the associated pore clogging. Recently collected mineralogy and porosity data will be used to re-calibrate the model and to verify our improved findings that overall Maqarin system is controlled by accessory clay minerals.

  12. Radiation sensitivity of natural organic matter: Clay mineral association effects in the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite

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    T. Schäfer; P. Michel; F. Claret; T. Beetz; S. Wirick; C. Jacobsen

    2009-01-01

    Clay-rich low-organic carbon formations (e.g., Callovo-Oxfordian argillite in France and Opalinus Clay in Switzerland) are considered as host rocks for radioactive waste disposal. The clay-organic carbon has a strong impact on the chemical stability of the clays. For this reason, the nature of the clay-organic carbon, the release of hydrophilic organic compounds, namely, humic (HA) and fulvic acids (FA) and

  13. Controls on clay minerals assemblages in an early paleogene nonmarine succession: Implications for the volcanic and paleoclimatic record of extra-andean patagonia, Argentina

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    Raigemborn, María Sol; Gómez-Peral, Lucía E.; Krause, Javier Marcelo; Matheos, Sergio Daniel

    2014-07-01

    The distribution of the clay minerals of the Banco Negro Inferior-Río Chico Group succession (BNI-RC), a middle Danian-middle Eocene mainly continental epiclastic-pyroclastic succession exposed in the Golfo San Jorge Basin, extra-Andean Patagonia (?46° LS), is assessed in order to determine the possible origin of clay and specific non-clay minerals using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analyses. The control over the clay mineralogy of the sedimentary settings, contemporary volcanism, paleoclimate and weathering conditions is considered. A paleoclimatic reconstruction is provided and correlated with the main global warming events that occurred during the early Paleogene. Mineralogical analyses of BNI-RC demonstrate that smectite and kaolin minerals (kaolinite, halloysite and kaolinite/smectite mixed layers) are the main clay minerals, whereas silica polymorphs (volcanic glass and opal) are common non-clay minerals. Throughout the succession, smectite and kaolin minerals are arranged in different proportions in the three clay-mineral assemblages. These show a general vertical trend in which the smectite-dominated assemblage (S1) is replaced by the smectite-dominated assemblage associated with other clays (S2) and the kaolinite-dominated assemblage (K), and finally by S2 up-section. The detailed micromorphological analysis of the clay and non-clay minerals allows us to establish that the origins of these are by volcanic ash weathering, authigenic and pedogenic, and that different stages in the evolution of mineral transformations have occurred. The supply of labile pyroclastic material from an active volcanic area located to the northwest of the study area could have acted as precursor of the authigenic and volcanogenic minerals of the analyzed succession. Diverse fine-grained lithological facies (muddy and tuffaceous facies) and sedimentary settings (coastal swamp and transitional environments, and different fluvial systems) together with variable climate and weathering conditions controlled the mineralogical transformations and the arrangement of clay-mineral assemblages. The paleoclimatic reconstruction suggests a general warm and humid climate. However, the temporal trend of the clay-mineral assemblages, the ratios between smectite and kaolinite and the micromorphological analysis of clay minerals contrasted with evidence from sedimentological analyses suggest a warm and seasonal climate for the basal part of the unit, a warm and humid climate with a relatively more perennial rainfall regime in the middle part of the unit, and a warm and less humid, probably subhumid, climate up-section. Such a reconstruction makes it possible to establish a correlation with some of the hyperthermal events of the Early Paleogene Global Warming (EPGW) and, consequently, constitute one of the most complete time records of the EPGW in South America.

  14. Clay Minerals of Suspended Matter and Surficial Sediments of Khor Al-Zubair Estuary, NW Arabian Gulf

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    Al-Mussawy, Sabah N.; Basi, Muzahim A.

    1993-02-01

    Distribution of clay minerals in the suspended matter and surficial sediments of 36 samples collected from Khor Al-Zubair estuary revealed the presence of montimorillonite, kaolinite, chlorite, illite and palygorskite in wide variations. These variations are interpreted to be due to: different source areas of these minerals, the complex hydrodynamic conditions in the Khor and to flocculation. No regular distribution of clay minerals (except for montimorillonite) was found in the water samples. In the sediments samples montimorillonite and palygorskite showed a trend of increasing values toward the Arabian Gulf, which interpreted to be brought by Shatt Al-Arab River and/or formed diagenetically. Kaolinite and chlorite increased landward due to eolian effect. Illite values showed an increment near Shatt Al-Basrah Canal caused by the sediments brought by the Euphrates River from Hor Al-Hammar Lake.

  15. Effect of reducing atmosphere on minerals and iron oxides developed in fired clays: The role of Ca

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    Maniatis, Y.; Kostikas, A.; Perdikatsis, V.; Simopoulos, A.

    1983-11-01

    The transformations induced in two clays differing in Ca content, by firing under reduced conditions up to 1080/sup 0/C, were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and magnetization measurements. In the calcareous clay, gehlenite forms at lower temperatures (900/sup 0/C) and, in addition, wollastonite forms at higher temperatures (1080/sup 0/C). Ferric iron persists even under strongly reducing conditions and its presence is attributed to trapping in gehlenite. Extensive vitrification is observed in the noncalcareous clays. Ferrous iron, produced by dissociation of iron oxides, is partly dissolved into the vitreous matrix and partly incorporated into the spinel mineral hercynite. The key role of Ca in controlling the above transformations was verified by studying the clays after removal or addition of calcite. The interaction of Ca with the clay constituents and its progressive attack on the quartz grains forming wollastonite zones was observed with the electron microscope. The bulk magnetic properties of the samples depended principally on the amount of iron oxides present, which in turn were strongly affected by firing temperature and type of clay. Metallic iron was detected in strongly reducing atmospheres.

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

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    Collins, Y.E.; Stotzky, G. (New York Univ., NY (United States))

    1992-05-01

    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 [times] 10[sup [minus]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 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 >3 [times] 10[sup [minus]4], whereas there was no reversal in solutions with a [mu] of <3 [times] 10[sup [minus]4]. The clays became net positively charged when the [mu] of Cu was >3 [times] 10[sup [minus]4] and that of Ni was >1.5 [times] 10[sup [minus]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). 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 measured the electrophoretic mobility did not affect their viability.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 200°C or 550°C retained bactericidal activity, while cation-exchanged CsAg02 and CsAg02 heated to 900°C 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

  20. 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.

  1. Solid-state electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(ethylene oxide), poly(oxypropylene) diamine, mineral clay and lithium perchlorate

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    Hsien-Wei Chen; Chun-Yi Chiu; Hew-Der Wu; I-Wen Shen; Feng-Chih Chang

    2002-01-01

    This work has demonstrated that the addition of specific amount of poly(oxypropylene) diamine (d2000) and mineral clay in the PEO-based electrolyte system can form the high conductivity film at room temperature. Specific interactions among silicate layer, d2000, ether oxygen, and lithium cation have been investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), alternating current impedance (AC impedance) and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR). The

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Controls on detrital sedimentation in the Cariaco Basin during the last climatic cycle: insight from clay minerals

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    Riboulleau, A.; Bout-Roumazeilles, V.; Tribovillard, N.

    2014-06-01

    A high resolution analysis of the clay-mineral content of sediments of the Cariaco Basin spanning the last climatic cycle was performed in order to determine how the detrital sedimentation in the basin records climatic oscillations at various timescales. At the scale of glacial-interglacial cycles, the clay-mineral content records changes in the geographic origin of the detrital supply, from a dominantly kaolinite- and smectite-rich southern source during glacial to a more illite-rich northerly source during interglacials. Though possibly influenced by eustatic variations, these changes mostly reflect the latitudinal fluctuations of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). The Eemian shows an increased contribution from the northern source compared to the Holocene. During MIS3, seasonality modulates the effect of ITCZ position and leads to increased smectite contribution. Fluctuations of the smectite and kaolinite contents during Dansgaard/Oeschger cycles reflect changes of runoff intensity. Enhanced supplies in kaolinite during Heinrich-like events and stadials also suggest remobilizations of sediments deposited on the Unare platform resulting from rapid sea-level variations. The Younger Dryas is characterized by a significantly different clay-mineral association reflecting a drastic modification of terrigenous supply. An eolian contribution would explain this peculiar mineralogy, although local contributions cannot be ruled out. A similar event is noted at the MIS6-5 transition pointing for the occurrence of a Younger Dryas-like episode during Termination II.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Non-selective oxidation of humic acid in heterogeneous aqueous systems: a comparative investigation on the effect of clay minerals.

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    Kavurmaci, Sibel Sen; Bekbolet, Miray

    2014-01-01

    Application of photocatalysis for degradation of natural organic matter (NOM) has received wide interest during the last decades. Besides NOM, model compounds more specifically humic acids (HAs) were also studied. As a continuation of the previous research, TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of HA was investigated in the presence of clay minerals, i.e., montmorillonite (Mt) and kaolinite (Kt). Degradation of HA was expressed by the pseudo-first-order kinetic modelling of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and UV-VIS parameters (Colour436 and UV254). A slight rate enhancement was attained for Colour436 and UV254 in the presence of either Mt or Kt. The presence of clay particles did not significantly change the DOC degradation rate of HA. The effect of ionic strength (Ca2+ loading from 5 x 10(-4) M to 5 x 1(-3) M) was also assessed for the photocatalytic degradation of sole HA and HA in the presence of either Mt or Kt. Following photocatalytic treatment, molecular size distribution profiles of HA were presented. Besides the effective removal of higher molecular size fractions (100 and 30 kDa fractions), transformation to lower molecular size fractions (<3 kDa) was more pronounced for sole HA rather than HA in the presence of clay minerals. Scanning electron microscopic images with the energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed the diversities in surface morphologies of the binary and ternary systems composed of HA, TiO2 and Mt or Kt both prior to and following photocatalysis. This study demonstrated that photocatalysis could be applicable for DOC degradation in the presence of clay minerals in natural waters. PMID:25145193

  8. 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.

  9. Glacial cycle and precessional period of clay mineral assemblage during late Quaternary in the Western Equatorial Pacific

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    Wu, J.; Liu, Z.; Zhou, C.

    2011-12-01

    Clay mineralogy, coupled with oxygen isotope records and elemental XRF scanning data, have been conducted on Core KX21-2 recovered from the Ontong Java Plateau, Western Equatorial Pacific. The clay mineral assemblage over the last 370 kyr displays strong glacial-interglacial cyclicity, with higher contents of smectite (average 76%), lower contents of chlorite (10%), illite (8%) and kaolinite (6%) during glacials, and vice versa. Fe mainly originates from smectite, and has therefore been used to represent it. In addition to glacial cycle (100 ka), spectral analysis reveals that Fe contents also display precessional period (26.8 ka and 14.4 ka). The question is, why and how the features of high-latitude and tropical-process could be exhibited in concert? The clay mineral assemblage dominating by smectite is detrital, and derived from river sediment of New Guinea, though possibly minor Asian dust. Fluctuation of sea-level combined with contrasting styles of Source-to-Sink in New Guinea cause the glacial-interglacial cycles of clay mineral assemblage. Regardless of sea-level, river sediments can travel across the narrow shelves off the northern New Guinea and then inject directly into New Guinea Coastal Undercurrent, which finally contribute Equatorial Undercurrent. In contrast, when the sea-level were high, only few sediment could be transported from southern New Guinea to the Western Equatorial Pacific, possibly by surface current. Considering the positive correlation between contents of smectite and feldspar/quartz ratios, we conclude that, because of the limitation of weathering time, the contents of smectite essentially indicate the intensity of mechanical erosion, responding to the river runoff and precipitation. Furthermore, due to the regional precipitation pattern is under control of ITCZ, these variations of smectite reflect the meridional migration of ITCZ, indirectly.

  10. 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. (BNL); Bour, D. (AltaRock Energy, Inc.)

    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.

  11. 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.

  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. Trace element abundances in major minerals of Late Permian coals from southwestern Guizhou province, China

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    Zhang, J.; Ren, D.; Zheng, C.; Zeng, R.; Chou, C.-L.; Liu, J.

    2002-01-01

    Fourteen samples of minerals were separated by handpicking from Late Permian coals in southwestern Guizhou province, China. These 14 minerals were nodular pyrite, massive recrystallized pyrite, pyrite deposited from low-temperature hydrothermal fluid and from ground water; clay minerals; and calcite deposited from low-temperature hydrothermal fluid and from ground water. The mineralogy, elemental composition, and distribution of 33 elements in these samples were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM-EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cold-vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS), atomic fluorescence spectrometry (AFS), inductively coupled-plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), and ion-selective electrode (ISE). The results show that various minerals in coal contain variable amounts of trace elements. Clay minerals have high concentrations of Ba, Be, Cs, F, Ga, Nb, Rb, Th, U, and Zr. Quartz has little contribution to the concentration of trace elements in bulk coal. Arsenic, Mn, and Sr are in high concentrations in calcite. Pyrite has high concentrations of As, Cd, Hg, Mo, Sb, Se, Tl, and Zn. Different genetic types of calcite in coal can accumulate different trace elements; for example Ba, Co, Cr, Hg, Ni, Rb, Sn, Sr, and Zn are in higher concentrations in calcite deposited from low-temperature hydrothermal fluid than in that deposited from ground water. Furthermore, the concentrations of some trace elements are quite variable in pyrite; different genetic types of pyrites (Py-A, B, C, D) have different concentrations of trace elements, and the concentrations of trace elements are also different in pyrite of low-temperature hydrothermal origin collected from different locations. The study shows that elemental concentration is rather uniform in a pyrite vein. There are many micron and submicron mosaic pyrites in a pyrite vein, which is enriched in some trace elements, such as As and Mo. The content of trace element in pyrite vein depends upon the content of mosaic pyrite and of trace elements in it. Many environmentally sensitive trace elements are mainly contained in the minerals in coal, and hence the physical coal cleaning techniques can remove minerals from coal and decrease the emissions of potentially hazardous trace elements. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Variability of Precipitation in Southern California During the Late Quaternary: Inferences From Clay Mineral Assemblages of the Santa Barbara Basin (Images Core MD02-2503)

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    Robert, C.; Tourneur, F.; Chamley, H.

    2003-12-01

    Clay mineral assemblages have been investigated in a late Quaternary sequence cored in the deepest (569m) part of the semi-enclosed Santa Barbara Basin, off Southern California. Core MD02-2503 consists of 45.27m of silty clay, nannofossil silty clay, and nannofossil clay, ranging from dark olive and dark olive grey to dark grey and very dark grey. The sediment is mostly laminated from top to 15.50m and from 18.00m to 21.00m, and massive to slightly bioturbated in other parts with rare laminated intervals below 32.00m. The distribution of laminated intervals in MD 02-2503 and ODP Site 893 nearby is very comparable and suggests an age of approximately 32ka at the bottom of the core. Smectite dominates the clay assemblages and is associated with abundant illite, kaolinite and chlorite being present in low contents. Smectite is especially abundant in the terrigenous load of the Santa Clara river, which drains the semi-arid continental interior of the Transverse Range. Illite is more abundant in the terrigenous load of the Ventura river and short intermittent rivers, as well as in the suspended load of the Santa Ynez river Northwest of the Santa Barbara Basin. The Santa Clara river is the largest source of terrigenous sediment of Southern California and by far the major contributor to the sedimentation of the Santa Barbara Basin, especially during intervals of intense precipitation. The content of smectite in Core MD 02-2503 is used as a tracer of the terrigenous discharges of the Santa Clara river, and related regional precipitation. Their variations are better expressed through relative abundances of smectite and illite (S/I index). Maximum values of the S/I index express intervals of intense precipitation and river discharge, whereas low values of the S/I index express more arid conditions. The S/I index increased from 28ka to 26.5ka and after 21.5ka, suggesting that precipitation intensified in Southern California during an interval marked by a warming of Pacific surface waters, increased lake level in Death Valley and the Mojave area, and glacier advances in the Sierra Nevada. Peak values of the S/I index interpreted as short intervals of maximum precipitation between 19.5ka and 12.5-13ka occurred during the Tioga Glaciation of the Sierra Nevada, and finished in coincidence with the end of Mojave lacustrine episodes and with vegetational changes (decline of pine and stabilization of oak) in the Santa Barbara area. A further interval of intermittently high S/I and intensified precipitation from 10ka to 6.5ka coincides with lacustrine development and oscillations in the California hinterland. Low values of the S/I index after 6.5ka, suggest little precipitation in Southern California as lakes dessicated in the continental interior. A further decrease of S/I and inferred precipitation at 2.8ka to 3.0ka marked the onset of modern conditions in the Santa Barbara area. Major increases of precipitation in the Santa Barbara area coincide with important climatic events: increase of West Pacific surface temperature at 26-28ka, peak of the last glaciation at 21ka, early Holocene moisture and formation of Mediterranean sapropel S1 from 10ka to 6.5ka. The decrease of precipitation after 6.5ka coincides with the development of aridity in the thirties of latitude worldwide.

  15. 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.

  16. Alteration of glass as a possible source of clay minerals on Mars

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    Gooding, J. L.; Keil, K.

    1978-01-01

    Thermodynamic calculations show that, under present Martian surface conditions, favorable gas-solid weathering products of feldspar glasses should include beidellites (clays of the montmorillonite series) + carbonates + quartz. The gas-solid weathering of mafic silicate glass ( of volcanic or impact origin) may similarly favor the production of metastable Fe-rich montmorillonite clays. Simple mass-balance calculations suggest that gas-solid weathering of Martian proto-regolith containing 10% glass could conceivably produce a global blanket of clays at a rate of at least 0.4 cm/b.y. The production rate should be expected to increase significantly with the glass content and rate of reworking of the proto-regolith and with the availability of water. Complete extraction of altered glass from a lunar-like proto-regolith might yield a global Martian clay blanket about 10-100 cm in thickness.

  17. [Rapid determination of major and trace elements in the salt lake clay minerals by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry].

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    Wang, Xiao-Huan; Meng, Qing-Fen; Dong, Ya-Ping; Chen, Mei-Da; Li, Wu

    2010-03-01

    A rapid multi-element analysis method for clay mineral samples was described. This method utilized a polarized wave-length dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer--Axios PW4400, which had a maximum tube power of 4 000 watts. The method was developed for the determination of As, Mn, Co, Cu, Cr, Dy, Ga, Mo, P, Pb, Rb, S, Sr, Ni, ,Cs, Ta, Th, Ti, U, V, Y, Zn, Zr, MgO, K2O, Na2O, CaO, Fe2O3, Al2O3, SiO2 and so on. Thirty elements in clay mineral species were measured by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry with pressed powder pellets. Spectral interferences, in particular the indirect interferences of each element, were studied. A method to distinguish the interference between each other periodic elements in element periodic table was put forward. The measuring conditions and existence were mainly investigated, and the selected background position as well as corrected spectral overlap for the trace elements were also discussed. It was found that the indirect spectral overlap line was the same important as direct spectral overlap line. Due to inducing the effect of indirect spectral overlap, some elements jlike Bi, Sn, W which do not need analysis were also added to the elements channel. The relative standard deviation (RSD) was in the range of 0.01% to 5.45% except three elements Mo, Cs and Ta. The detection limits, precisions and accuracies for most elements using this method can meet the requirements of sample analysis in clay mineral species. PMID:20496720

  18. [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

  19. The role of clay minerals in the reduction of nitrate in groundwater by zero-valent iron.

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    Cho, Dong-Wan; Chon, Chul-Min; Jeon, Byong-Hun; Kim, Yongje; Khan, Moonis Ali; Song, Hocheol

    2010-10-01

    Bench-scale batch experiments were performed to investigate the feasibility of using different types of clay minerals (bentonite, fuller's earth, and biotite) with zero-valent iron for their potential utility in enhancing nitrate reduction and ammonium control. Kinetics experiments performed with deionized water (DW) and groundwater (GW) revealed nitrate reduction by Fe(0) proceeded at significantly faster rate in GW than in DW, and such a difference was attributed to the formation of green rust in GW. The amendment of the minerals at the dose of 25 g L(-1) in Fe(0) reaction in GW resulted in approximately 41%, 43%, and 33% more removal of nitrate in 64 h reaction for bentonite, fuller's earth, and biotite, respectively, compared to Fe(0) alone reaction. The presumed role of the minerals in the rate enhancement was to provide sites for the formation of surface bound green rust. Bentonite and fuller's earth also effectively removed ammonium produced from nitrate reduction by adsorption, with the removal efficiencies significantly increased with the increase in mineral dose above 5:1 Fe(0) to mineral mass ratio. Such a removal of ammonium was not observed for biotite, presumably due to its lack of swelling property. Equilibrium adsorption experiments indicated bentonite and fuller's earth had maximum ammonium adsorption capacity of 5.6 and 2.1 mg g(-1), respectively. PMID:20797759

  20. 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

  1. Clay mineralogy of cubits gap crevasse splay, Mississippi delta

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    M. J. Dimarco; R. E. Jr. Ferrell; R. S. Tye

    1986-01-01

    The relative abundances of clay species in the < 2-..mu..m fractions were determined for the three lithofacies identified in a 5-m core from the proximal part of Cubits Gap crevasse splay, Mississippi delta, to determine the control of depositional mechanics on clay-mineral composition. Proximal splay lithofacies, defined by sedimentary structures and the relative abundance of cohesive (mud) vs noncohesive (silt

  2. 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.

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

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    Carrado, K.A.; Song, Kang [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Zajac, G.W. [Amoco Research Center, Naperville, IL (United States)

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. ROLE OF CLAY MINERALS ON SOIL ORGANIC MATTER FORMATION AND STABILIZATION

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    The Maillard reaction, as an alternative theory for soil organic matter (SOM) formation, has not been investigated under conditions relevant for SOM formation. This research was conducted to investigate the distribution of newly formed humic materials into mineralogical distinct clay-size fractions...

  9. 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.

  10. 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 silicates—illite (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.

  11. 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.

  12. Adsorption isotherms of pigments from alkali-refined vegetable oils with clay minerals

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    Keito Boki; Moriaki Kubo; Naohito Kawasaki; Hidehito Mori

    1992-01-01

    Adsorption isotherms of pigments from alkali-refined oils (rapeseed, soybean, wheatgerm, safflower, corn, cottonseed and sunflower)\\u000a were measured to investigate the applicability of the Langmuir and Freundlich equations and to elucidate the adsorption characteristics\\u000a of pigments on sepiolites and standard activated clay. The Freundlich equation was more applicable to the experimental adsorption\\u000a isotherms. The equilibrium amount adsorbed, acidity, pore size distribution

  13. Identification of Microfabric of Kaolinite Clay Mineral Using X-ray Diffraction Technique

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    Ajanta Sachan; Dayakar Penumadu

    2007-01-01

    A new method is introduced in this study to identify the microfabric (geometric arrangement of platelets) of cohesive soil\\u000a using standard X-ray diffractometer. Various sampling techniques are used to prepare the Kaolinite clay samples with different\\u000a microfabrics to assess the consistency and versatility of the proposed method. This method is based on identifying the presence\\u000a of basal and prism peaks

  14. Clay Mineral Formation and Evolution in an Experimental Basaltic Weathering Profile

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    Hurowitz, J. A.

    2009-03-01

    This work reports on a new experimental approach aimed at understanding basaltic weathering profile chemical evolution processes using a unique packed-bed flow through reactor design that enables in-situ analysis of undisturbed alteration minerals.

  15. Stability of guanine adsorbed in a clay mineral under gamma irradiation at temperatures (77 and 298 K): Implications for chemical evolution studies

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    Meléndez-López, A. L.; Ramos-Bernal, S.; Ramírez-Vázquez, M. L.

    2014-07-01

    Chemical evolution is a physical and chemical preamble prior the appearance of life. In these processes, clay minerals might have played an important role on the early Earth. The relevance of these solids in the emergence of life is due to their ancient origin, wide distribution, and especially, their physico-chemical properties. Clays, therefore, are considered the most likely inorganic materials to promote organic reactions in the primitive Earth. John D. Bernal suggested clays as concentrators of biological precursor molecules, as catalysis and clays might protect these molecules from high-energy radiation. On the other hand, nucleic acid bases and their derivatives are important compounds in biological systems. Their synthesis and stability in environmental conditions are of paramount importance in chemical evolution. The aim of this work is to extend the knowledge of the role of clays in the prebiotic epoch in relation to the behavior of guanine, a nucleic acid base, adsorbed in a clay mineral. To this end, we studied its adsorption in clays, its site of binding, and its survival under a high radiation field and at different temperatures and pH. The results showed guanine adsorption onto clays increased with the decreasing of the pH. This result could be explained by electrostatic forces between guanine positively charged at an acid pH and the negatively charged interlamellar channel of the clay. X-ray diffractograms showed that guanine is adsorbed onto the clay at the interlayer channel. To study the survival of guanine in a high radiation field, the system guanine-clay was irradiated under different irradiation doses, temperatures, and pH. The results showed that more than 90% of the guanine survives, and when the radiolysis is made without clay, the decomposition of this molecule occurs at low irradiation doses. The radiolysis performed at 77 K showed very low decomposition, which is important in cometary chemistry. These results show the protection role of the clay toward ionizing radiation of an organic compound adsorbed into it.

  16. 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

  17. Microtomographic quantification of hydraulic clay mineral displacement effects during a CO2 sequestration experiment with saline aquifer sandstone.

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    Sell, Kathleen; Enzmann, Frieder; Kersten, Michael; Spangenberg, Erik

    2013-01-01

    We combined a noninvasive tomographic imaging technique with an invasive open-system core-flooding experiment and compared the results of the pre- and postflooded states of an experimental sandstone core sample from an ongoing field trial for carbon dioxide geosequestration. For the experiment, a rock core sample of 80 mL volume was taken from the 629 m Stuttgart Formation storage domain of a saline sandstone aquifer at the CCS research pilot plant Ketzin, Germany. Supercritical carbon dioxide and synthetical brine were injected under in situ reservoir p/T-conditions at an average flow rate of 0.1 mL/min for 256 h. X-ray computed microtomographic imaging was carried out before and after the core-flooding experiment at a spatial voxel resolution of 27 ?m. No significant changes in microstructure were found at the tomographic imaging resolution including porosity and pore size distribution, except of an increase of depositional heterogeneous distribution of clay minerals in the pores. The digitized rock data were used as direct real microstructure input to the GeoDict software package, to simulate Navier-Stokes flow by a lattice Boltzmann equation solver. This procedure yielded 3D pressure and flow velocity fields, and revealed that the migration of clay particles decreased the permeability tensor probably due to clogging of pore openings. PMID:22924476

  18. Evolution of major mineral compositions and trace element abundances during fractional crystallization of a model lunar composition

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    Drake, M. J.

    1976-01-01

    The evolution of major mineral compositions and trace element abundances during perfect fractional crystallization of a model lunar magma ocean was calculated. The minerals in the model lunar composition were olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and plagioclase. Lunar bulk composition data, major mineral/melt equilibria data, and trace element partition data were taken from published sources. The results show olivine beginning to crystallize at 1380 C. Approximately 50% of the system crystallizes as olivine. From 50 to 60% solidification, orthopyroxene crystallizes alone. During the final 40% solidification, Ca-rich clinopyroxene and plagioclase crystallize together. Various changes in composition of all these minerals are also noted during the process. Concomitant evolution of major element abundances in the melt is followed along with that of trace element abundances. Consequences of the results for constraints on some aspects of the composition of the lunar magma ocean and of the primitive moon are discussed.

  19. Sorption of organic cations to phyllosilicate clay minerals: CEC-normalization, salt dependency, and the role of electrostatic and hydrophobic effects.

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    Droge, Steven T J; Goss, Kai-Uwe

    2013-12-17

    Sorption to the phyllosilicate clay minerals Illite, kaolinite, and bentonite has been studied for a wide variety of organic cations using a flow-through method with fully aqueous medium as the eluent. Linear isotherms were observed at concentrations below 10% of the cation-exchange capacity (CEC) for Illite and kaolinite and below 1 mmol/kg (<1% CEC) for bentonite. Sorption to clays was strongly influenced by the electrolyte composition of the eluent but with a consistent trend for a diverse set of compounds on all clays, thus allowing for empirical correction factors. When sorption affinities for a given compound to a given clay are normalized to the CEC of the clay, the differences in sorption affinities between clays are reduced to less than 0.5 log units for most compounds. Although CEC-normalized sorption of quaternary ammonium compounds to clay was up to 10-fold higher than CEC-normalized sorption to soil organic matter, CEC-normalized sorption for most compounds was comparable between clays and soil organic matter. The clay fraction is thus a potentially relevant sorption phase for organic cations in many soils. The sorption data for organic cations to clay showed several regular trends with molecular structure but also showed quite a few systematic effects that we cannot explain. A model on the basis of the molecular size and charge density at the ionized nitrogen is used here as a tool to obtain benchmark values that elucidate the effect of specific polar moieties on the sorption affinity. PMID:24266737

  20. 069 MCNITORINGTHE GROWTH OF SEODNDARYPRECIPITATES UPON METALSORPTICN CM CLAY MINERALS AND ALUMINUM OXIDES USING X-RAY ABSORPTICN FINE STRUCIURE (XAFS)

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    069 MCNITORINGTHE GROWTH OF SEODNDARYPRECIPITATES UPON METALSORPTICN CM CLAY MINERALS AND ALUMINUM t o c l a y s a n d aluminum oxides using X-ray adsorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy analysis suggest the formation of mixed Ni/Al hydroxide phases kinetically controlled by the release of A1

  1. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2005.04.004 Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous system

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    Chorover, Jon

    doi:10.1016/j.gca.2005.04.004 Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous at the caustic pH values encountered in tank waste leachate (Nagy, 1995; Chorover et al., 2003). In a companion

  2. A comparison of in vitro and in vivo effect of clay minerals, humic acid and micronutrients on the activity of fungicides against Rhizoctonia solani

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    Hans R. Kataria; Shyam Sunder

    1988-01-01

    Activity of nine fungicides against mycelial growth ofRhizoctonia solani in potato dextrose broth and in pot tests as seed treatment against cowpea seedling rot in infested soil was differentially in fluenced by clay minerals, humic acid and micronutrients. Humic acid, extracted from farmyard manure, considerably lowered the activity, bothin vitro andin vivo, of all fungicides except chloroneb. Montmorillonite caused substantial

  3. The role of climate and vegetation in weathering and clay mineral formation in late Quaternary soils of the Swiss and Italian Alps

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    Markus Egli; Aldo Mirabella; Giacomo Sartori

    2008-01-01

    Interactions between climate and soil remain ambiguous, particularly when silicate weathering and clay mineral formation and transformation rates are considered in relation to global climate changes. Recent studies suggest that climate affects weathering rates much less than previously thought. Here we show that the climate in the central European Alps has a significant, but indirect, influence on the weathering of

  4. 19. DISTRIBUTION OF CLAY FRACTION MINERALS IN MIOCENE THROUGH PLEISTOCENE TERRIGENOUS DEPOSITS OFF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND BAJA CALIFORNIA, DEEP SEA DRILLING PROJECT LEG 631

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    M. A. Rateev; P. P. Timofeev; V. I. Grechin

    This paper discusses the distribution of clay minerals and identification of their assemblages in relation to sedimentary facies encountered during DSDP Leg 63 drilling off southern California and Baja California. We also consider how these assemblages are determined by source areas and changes in general paleogeographic environments during different periods of sedimenta- for Miocene through Quaternary deposits along the California

  5. Kinetics of Ion Exchange on Clay Minerals and Soil: I. Evaluation of Methods1 R. A. OGWADA AND D. L. SPARKS2

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    Kinetics of Ion Exchange on Clay Minerals and Soil: I. Evaluation of Methods1 R. A. OGWADA AND D. L, those of the vortex method. With the Chester soil and ver- miculite, which containappreciableinterlayer batch method. These results indicatethat in colloids where more significant intraparticle diffusion

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Clay mineral assemblages and analcime formation in a Palaeogene fluvial lacustrine sequence (Maíz Gordo Formation Palaeogen) from northwestern Argentina

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    Do Campo, M.; del Papa, C.; Jiménez-Millán, J.; Nieto, F.

    2007-09-01

    The Palaeogene Maíz Gordo Formation is one of the main lacustrine events recorded in northwestern Argentina. It consists of sandstone, mudstone, and limestone beds 200 m thick, deposited in a brackish-alkaline lake and braided alluvial systems. The Maíz Gordo Lake evolved mainly as a closed system, with brief periods as an open one. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to study samples from seven sites, corresponding respectively to proximal, intermediate, and transitional positions of the fluvial environment and marginal and inner-lake environment, focusing on the clay mineralogy and analcime formation. The basinward zonation of diagenetic minerals identified in the Maíz Gordo Lake was: mordenite ? analcime ? K-feldspar. Although not a typical zonation of saline-alkaline lakes, it does indicate an increase in salinity and alkalinity towards the centre. In proximal fluvial settings, smectite predominates at the base of the sequence, with scarce kaolinite. Towards the top, a striking increase in kaolinite content suggests a change from a relatively arid climate with alternating humid and dry seasons, towards a warm and humid climate. Kaolinite content clearly decreases in a basinward direction. Such a variation is attributable to changes in hydro-geochemistry, denoting the progressive influence of the brackish and alkaline lake water on interstitial pores. SEM images of intermediate fluvial samples reveal authigenesis of illite at the expense of kaolinite booklets. In littoral and inner-lake settings the clay fraction is composed of muscovite, sometimes with subordinate smectite. Analcime occurs in variable amounts in all sedimentary facies, in rock pores or filling veins. It forms subhedral square to hexagonal, or anhedral rounded crystals, denoting that they coarsened at low to moderate degrees of supersaturation. Although the mordenite identified in a fluvial level would have been the precursor of analcime in the Maíz Gordo Basin, no textural evidence of analcime formation through replacement of mordenite or other precursor zeolite was found. Hence it is more probable that analcime formation took place by direct authigenic precipitation or through the reaction between interstitial brines and clay minerals or plagioclase.

  9. 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

  10. 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 21(st) Century. PMID:23226324

  11. 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.

  12. Preferential adsorption of extracellular polymeric substances from bacteria on clay minerals and iron oxide

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    Yuanyuan Cao; Xing Wei; Peng Cai; Qiaoyun Huang; Xinming Rong; Wei Liang

    2011-01-01

    The adsorption of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from Bacillus subtilis on montmorillonite, kaolinite and goethite was investigated as a function of pH and ionic strength using batch studies coupled with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The adsorption isotherms of EPS on minerals conformed to the Langmuir equation. The amount of EPS-C and -N adsorbed followed the sequence of montmorillonite>goethite>kaolinite. However,

  13. Clay mineral weathering and contaminant dynamics in a caustic aqueous system

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

    2005-01-01

    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 AlT, 2 m Na+, 1 m NO3?, pH ?14, Cs+ and Sr2+ present as co-contaminants). Time series (0 to 369 d) experiments were

  14. Comparison of phosphate adsorption on clay minerals for soilless root media

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    Dean L. Hesterberg; Paul V. Nelson

    1999-01-01

    The greenhouse industry aims to decrease phosphate discharge to help reduce eutrophication of surface waters, to reduce fertilizer consumption, and to maintain a more constant level of plant?available phosphate. Iron and aluminum oxides and some aluminosilicate minerals are efficient sorbents for phosphate. The phosphate adsorption characteristics of synthetic hematite (??Fe2O3), goethite (??FeOOH), and allophane (Si3Al4O12 nH2O), and a commercial alumina

  15. 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.

  16. Cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies of clay minerals

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    J. Götze; M. Plötze; Th. Götte; R. D. Neuser; D. K. Richter

    2002-01-01

    Summary  ¶Sheet silicates of the serpentine–kaolin-group (serpentine, kaolinite, dickite, nacrite, halloysite), the talc–pyrophyllite-group\\u000a (talc, pyrophyllite), the smectite-group (montmorillonite), and illite (as a mineral of the mica-group) were investigated\\u000a to obtain information concerning their cathodoluminescence behaviour. The study included analyses by cathodoluminescence (CL\\u000a microscopy and spectroscopy), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy\\u000a (SEM) and trace element analysis.\\u000a \\u000a In

  17. 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. (Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada))

    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.

  18. 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 TcO2•nH2O), 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).

  19. Dynamics of Late Quaternary North African humid periods documented in the clay mineral record of central Aegean Sea sediments

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    Ehrmann, Werner; Seidel, Martin; Schmiedl, Gerhard

    2013-08-01

    The ratio between the clay minerals kaolinite and chlorite has been investigated in high resolution in a late Quaternary sediment core from the central Aegean Sea. The record spans the last ca. 105 ka. The kaolinite/chlorite ratio was used to reconstruct the fine-grained aeolian dust influx from the North African deserts, mainly derived from desiccated lake depressions. It therewith can be used as a proxy for wind activity, aridity and vegetation cover in the source area. The data document three major humid phases in North Africa bracketing the formation of sapropel layers S4, S3 and S1. They occur at > 105-95 ka, 83.5-72 ka and 14-2 ka. The first two phases are characterised by relatively abrupt lower and upper boundaries suggesting a non-linear response of vegetation to precipitation, with critical hydrological thresholds. In contrast, the onset and termination of the last humid period were more gradual. Highest kaolinite/chlorite ratios indicating strongest aeolian transport and aridity occur during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5b, at ca. 95-84 ka. The long-term decrease in kaolinite/chlorite ratios during the last glacial period indicates a gradual decline of deflatable lake sediments in the source areas.

  20. Conformation, activity and proteolytic stability of acid phosphatase on clay minerals and soil colloids from an Alfisol.

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    Huang, Qiaoyun; Zhu, Jun; Qiao, Xueqing; Cai, Peng; Rong, Xingmin; Liang, Wei; Chen, Wenli

    2009-11-01

    The present study was carried out to investigate the conformation, enzymatic activity and proteolytic stability of acid phosphatase on montmorillonite, kaolinite and soil colloids from an Alfisol by means of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) and biochemical assay, respectively. The results showed that the secondary structure of phosphatase was changed from disordered type to ordered form during adsorption/desorption cycle, organic substance and 2:1-clay mineral in Brown Soil benefited the formation of ordered structure. Enzymatic activity of phosphatase was inhibited while the proteolytic stability was promoted after the interaction with active particles from permanent charge soil. The decrease of enzymatic activity and the increase of proteolytic stability resulted by montmorillonite and organic colloid were both greater than that by kaolinite and inorganic colloid, which was in consistent with the extent of structural change induced by different colloid particles. Thus, one of the most significant factors responsible for the variation of enzymatic activity and proteolytic stability might be the hiding or even damage of active sites and the irrecognition of cleavage sites in enzyme molecules induced by the formation of ordered structure. The information obtained in this study is of crucial significance for the understanding of the behavior and fate of extracellular enzymes in soils with permanent charges. PMID:19699066

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 José Leopoldo; Bortoleto, José 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

  6. Origin and diagenesis of clay minerals in relation to sandstone paragenesis: An example in eolian dune reservoirs and associated rocks, Permian upper part of the Minnelusa Formation, Powder River basin, Wyoming

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    Pollastro, R.M.; Schenk, C.J. (Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States))

    1991-06-01

    Eolian dune sandstones are the principal reservoir rocks in the Permian upper part of the Minnelusa Formation, Powder River basin, Wyoming. These sandstones formed as shorelines retreated and dunes migrated across siliciclastic sabkhas. Sandstones are mainly quartzarenites; on average, clay minerals constitute about 5 wt.% the whole rock. Although present in minor amounts, clay minerals play an important role in the diagenetic evolution of these sandstones. Allogenic clay minerals are present in shaly rock fragments and laminae. Early infiltration of clays into porous sabkha sands commonly form characteristic menisei or bridges between framework grains or, when more extensive, form coatings or rims on grain surfaces. Authigenic clays include nearly pure smectite, mixed-layer illite/smectite (I/S), and late diagenetic illite and corrensite; these clay minerals are present as pore-lining cements. In addition to the deposition and neoformation of clay minerals throughout sandstone paragenesis, the conversion of smectite to illite occurred as temperatures increased with progressive burial. A temperature of 103C is calculated at a present depth of 3,200 m using a geothermal gradient of 30C/km and a mean annual surface temperature of 7C. After correction for uplift and erosion (250 m), the maximum calculated temperature for the conversion of all random I/S to ordered I/S is 100C. This calculated temperature is in excellent agreement with temperatures of 100-110C implied from I/S geothermometry.

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

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    Grathoff, G.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.

  8. Minerals

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    Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making ... regulating your heartbeat. There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are minerals your ...

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

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    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).

  10. 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.

  11. Evaluation of the endotoxin binding efficiency of clay minerals using the Limulus Amebocyte lysate test: an in vitro study

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Endotoxins are part of the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria. They are potent immune stimulators and can lead to death if present in high concentrations. Feed additives, which bind endotoxins in the gastrointestinal tract of animals, could help to prevent their negative impact. The objective of our study was to determine the potential of a bentonite (Bentonite 1), a sodium bentonite (Bentonite 2), a chemically treated smectite (Organoclay 1) and a modified attapulgite (Organoclay 2) to bind endotoxins in vitro. Polymyxin B served as positive control. The kinetic chromogenic Limulus Amebocyte lysate test was adapted to measure endotoxin activity. Firstly, a single sorption experiment (10 endotoxin units/mL (EU/mL)) was performed. Polymyxin B and organoclays showed 100% binding efficiency. Secondly, the adsorption efficiency of sorbents in aqueous solution with increasing endotoxin concentrations (2,450 – 51,700 EU/mL) was investigated. Organoclay 1 (0.1%) showed a good binding efficiency in aqueous solution (average 81%), whereas Bentonite 1 (0.1%) obtained a lower binding efficiency (21-54%). The following absorbent capacities were calculated in highest endotoxin concentration: 5.59 mg/g (Organoclay 1)?>?3.97 mg/g (Polymyxin B)?>?2.58mg/g (Organoclay 2)?>?1.55 mg/g (Bentonite 1)?>?1.23 mg/g (Bentonite 2). Thirdly, a sorption experiment in artificial intestinal fluid was conducted. Especially for organoclays, which are known to be unspecific adsorbents, the endotoxin binding capacity was significantly reduced. In contrast, Bentonite 1 showed comparable results in artificial intestinal fluid and aqueous solution. Based on the results of this in vitro study, the effect of promising clay minerals will be investigated in in vivo trials. PMID:24383578

  12. Distribution of clay minerals in surface sediments from the eastern Barents and south-western Kara seas

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    D. Nürnberg; M. A. Levitan; J. A. Pavlidis; E. S. Shelekhova

    1995-01-01

    Surface samples from the eastern Barents and south-western Kara seas have been analysed for clay mineralogy. Transport paths, the role of regional sources and local bedrock outcrops and the influence of hydrodynamic and glacigenous processes for clay distribution on the shelves are discussed in relation to central Arctic Ocean deep sea and sea ice sediments. Franz Josef Land and Novaya

  13. Clay mineral assemblages of terrestrial records (Xining Basin, China) during the Eocene-Oligocene climate Transition (EOT) and its environmental implications

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    Zhang, C.; Guo, Z.

    2013-12-01

    The Eocene-Oligocene Transition (EOT) between ~34.0 and 33.5 million years ago, where global climate cooled from 'greenhouse' to 'icehouse' at ~33.5 Ma ago, is one of the great events during Cenozoic climate deterioration. In contrast to the marine records of the EOT, significantly less research has focused on the continental climate change during this time, particularly in inner Asia. We present a comprehensive study of the upper Eocene to lower Oligocene succession with regular alternations of laterally continuous gypsum/gypsiferous layers and red mudstone beds in Tashan section of Xining Basin, which is located at the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Clay minerals, which were extracted from this succession, were analyzed qualitatively and semi-quantitatively by using X-ray differaction (XRD). Base on detailed magnetostratigraphic time control, clay mineral compositions of this succession (33.1-35.5 Ma) are compared with open ocean marine records and Northern Hemisphere continental records to understand the process and characteristics of Asian climate change before, during and after EOT. Our results indicate that illite is the dominant clay mineral with less chlorite and variable smectite. Multi-parameter evidence suggests that the source areas of detrital inputs in Tashan have not changed and climate is the main control for the composition of the clay fraction. The characteristics of clay mineral concentrations suggest warm and humid fluctuations with cold and dry conditions and intense of seasonality during ~35.5-34.0 Ma in inner Asian. This changed to cold and dry condition at ~34 Ma and remained so from ~34-33.1 Ma. The comparisons between continental and marine records indicate that the climate changes experienced in the Xining basin region are more consistent with Northern Hemisphere rather than open oceans records. This indicates that paleoclimate changes for inner Asian before, during and after EOT was not controlled by Antarctic ice growth, but may be due to atmospheric cooling linked to the existence and expansion of Northern Hemisphere glaciation.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 (18°44.227?N/107°11.764?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.

  16. Biodegradation and adsorption of C1- and C2-phenanthrenes and C1- and C2-dibenzothiophenes in the presence of clay minerals: effect on forensic diagnostic ratios.

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    Ugochukwu, Uzochukwu C; Head, Ian M; Manning, David A C

    2014-07-01

    The impact of modified montmorillonites on adsorption and biodegradation of crude oil C1-phenanthrenes, C1-dibenzothiophenes, C2-phenanthrenes and C2-dibenzothiophenes was investigated in aqueous clay/oil microcosm experiments with a hydrocarbon degrading microorganism community. Consequently, the effect on C1-dibenzothiophenes/C1-phenanthrenes, C2-dibenzothiophenes/C2-phenanthrenes, 2+3-methyldibenzothiophene/4-methyldibenzothiophene and 1-methyldibenzothiophene/4-methyldibenzothiophene ratios commonly used as diagnostic ratios for oil forensic studies was evaluated. The clay mineral samples were treated to produce acid activated montmorillonite, organomontmorillonite and homoionic montmorillonite which were used in this study. The different clay minerals (modified and unmodified) showed varied degrees of biodegradation and adsorption of the C1-phenanthrenes, C1-dibenzothiophenes, C2-phenanthrenes and C2-dibenzothiophenes. The study indicated that as opposed to biodegradation, adsorption has no effect on the diagnostic ratios. Among the diagnostic ratios reviewed, only C2-dibenzothiophenes/C2-phenanthrenes ratio was neither affected by adsorption nor biodegradation making this ratio very useful in forensic studies of oil spills and oil-oil correlation. PMID:24275986

  17. Effect of reducing atmosphere on minerals and iron oxides developed in fired clays: The role of Ca

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    Y. Maniatis; A. Kostikas; V. Perdikatsis; A. Simopoulos

    1983-01-01

    The transformations induced in two clays differing in Ca content, by firing under reduced conditions up to 1080°C, were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and magnetization measurements. In the calcareous clay, gehlenite forms at lower temperatures (900°C) and, in addition, wollastonite forms at higher temperatures (1080°C). Ferric iron persists even under strongly reducing conditions and its presence is

  18. Comparative 40Ar/39Ar and K-Ar dating of illite-type clay minerals: A tentative explanation for age identities and differences

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    Clauer, Norbert; Zwingmann, Horst; Liewig, Nicole; Wendling, Raymond

    2012-10-01

    The 40K/40Ar (K-Ar) and 40Ar/39Ar dating methods are applied here to the same, very small, micrometric illite-type particles that crystallized under low-temperature (< 175 °C) hydrothermal conditions in deeply buried Rotliegend (Permian) gas-bearing sandstones of NW Germany. Four samples with a total of fifteen size fractions from < 2 to 20-40 ?m yield K-Ar ages that range from 166.0 ± 3.4 to 214.0 ± 5.9 Ma. The same size fractions dated by the 40Ar/39Ar method give total-gas ages ranging from 173.3 ± 2.0 to 228.8 ± 1.6 Ma. Nearly all 40Ar/39Ar total-gas ages are slightly older, which cannot be explained by the recoil effect only, the impact of which being amplified by the inhomogeneous shape of the clay minerals and their crystallographic characteristics, with varied crystallinity indices, and a particle width about 10 times large than thickness. The 40Ar/39Ar data outline some advantages, such as the plateaus obtained by incremental step heating of the various size fractions, even if not translatable straight as ages of the illite populations; they allow identification of two generations of authigenic illite that formed at about 200 and 175 Ma, and one detrital generation. However, 40Ar/39Ar dating of clay minerals remains challenging as technical factors, such as the non-standardized encapsulation, may have potential unexpected effects. Both dating methods have their limitations: (1) K-Ar dating requires relatively large samples (ca. 10-20 mg) incurring potential sample homogeneity problems, with two aliquots required for K and Ar analysis for an age determination, also inducing a higher analytical uncertainty; (2) an identified drawback of 40Ar/39Ar dating is Ar recoil and therefore potential loss that occurs during neutronic creation of 39Ar from 39K, mostly in the finer mineral particles. If all the recoiled 39Ar is redistributed into adjacent grains/minerals, the final 40Ar/39Ar age of the analyzed size fraction remains theoretically identical, but it is not systematic in clay-type material. The finest grain sizes (e.g., < 0.2 ?m) are usually least contaminated with detrital components and can be dated by the K-Ar method without special preparation. Alternatively, such fine fractions are most susceptible to 39Ar recoil, and are, therefore, only datable by the 40Ar/39Ar method using an encapsulation technique that still needs to be technically evaluated. In this study, 39Ar recoil during irradiation was quantified by encapsulation; it ranged from about 20% of the total 39Ar for the < 0.2 ?m fractions to ca. 10% for the 2-6 ?m fractions. Basic interpolation of this 39Ar recoil confirms that grain size increasing minimizes the recoil effect, but how it proceeds has still to be explained. Despite recent developments in 40Ar/39Ar dating, the conventional K-Ar method is still a valuable tool for clay dating due to a convenient and straightforward use supported by a standardized and well-controlled technical approach. The present comparison of the two Ar-dating methods as applied to clay material shows that neither method is presently outdated, and that they are even of reciprocal use. Both methods have distinct application fields in clay geochronology and complementary application fields in clay crystallography.

  19. Minerals

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    ... Aren't minerals something you find in the earth, like iron and quartz? Well, yes, but small ... how much of these minerals you need each day. Trace minerals includes iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, ...

  20. Evolution of clay mineral assemblages in the Tinguiririca geothermal field, Andean Cordillera of central Chile: an XRD and HRTEM-AEM study

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    Vázquez, M.; Nieto, F.; Morata, D.; Droguett, B.; Carrillo-Rosua, F. J.; Morales, S.

    2014-08-01

    HRTEM textural evidence shows that clay minerals in the Tinguiririca geothermal field (Andean Cordillera, central Chile) are the result of direct alteration of former volcanic glass and minerals by hydrothermal fluids at similar temperatures to the present day. They show the classical pattern of diagenetic transformation from smectite at the top to illite at the bottom, with the progressive formation of corrensite and chlorite. The high fluid/rock ratio, disposability of necessary cations and absence of previous detrital phyllosilicates allow the consideration of this area as a natural laboratory to establish the extreme ideal conditions for very low-T reactions. Transformations from smectite to R1 illite-smectite (I-S) and from these to R3 mixed-layers occur respectively at 80-120 °C and 125-180 °C. In spite of ideal genetic conditions, the new-formed minerals show all the defective character and lack of textural and chemical equilibrium previously described in the literature for diagenetic and hydrothermal low-temperature assemblages. Chemistry of smectite-illite phases evolves basically through a diminution of the pyrophyllitic component toward a theoretical muscovite (Si4 + + ? -> Al3 ++ K+). However, a second chemical vector (Si4 ++ Mg2 + ? Al3 ++ Al3 +), that is, decreasing of the tschermack component, also contributes to the evolution toward the less Si-more Al rich muscovite in relation to the original smectite. Residual Mg (and Fe) from the latter reaction is consumed in the genesis of chloritic phases. Nevertheless, as a consequence of the lack of chemical equilibrium (probably because of the short time-scale of the geothermal alteration processes), the composition of clay minerals is highly heterogeneous at the level of a single sample. Consequently, the respective fields of smectite, R1 I-S and R3 I-S overlap each other, making the distinction among these three phases impossible based exclusively on chemical data.

  1. 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

  2. Intercalated clay catalysts

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    T. J. Pinnavaia

    1983-01-01

    Recent advances in the intercalation of metal complex cations in smectite clay minerals are leading to the development of new classes of selective heterogeneous catalysts. The selectivity of both metal-catalyzed and proton-catalyzed chemical conversions in clay intercalates can often be regulated by controlling surface chemical equilibria, interlamellar swelling, or reactant pair proximity in the interlayer regions. Also, the intercalation of

  3. Minerals

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2007-12-12

    This site provides an in-depth look at mineral properties and identification. An alphabetical listing of common minerals allows the user to see a picture and view physical properties of the particular mineral. Properties of minerals are explained, including cleavage, hardness, crystal form, and luster. There are also downloadable labs for crystal models and mineral data sheets. Dichotomous and hardness keys are given for easier mineral identification.

  4. 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

  5. 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 Å, and by out-of-plane 0.6 ± 1.1 Si at 3.28 Å. 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 Å and by out-of-plane 3.6 ± 0.4 Si at 3.27 Å 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Surface Area of Homoionic Illite and Montmorillonite Clay Minerals as Measured by the Sorption of Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide

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    L. A. G. Aylmore; I. D. SILLS; J. P. QUIRK

    1970-01-01

    The surface areas obtained by application of the B.E.T. theory to adsorption isotherms of nitrogen and carbon dioxide gases at 77~ and 195~ respectively on homoionic samples of illite and montmorillonite clays have been examined. The isotherms were obtained using a standard volumetric adsorption system and the results are compared with those obtained by Thomas and Bohor (1968) using a

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Minerals

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    This interactive lesson on minerals starts with a definition of minerals and compares crystalline and amorphous minerals. The composition is discussed and a chart shows the relative amounts of elements in minerals. Next, there is a discussion of the characteristics by which minerals are identified including luster, color, streak, hardness, and cleavage and fracture along with special properties such as magnetism. The characteristics of calcite, talc, hematite, magnetite, and galena are then observed.

  11. 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...

  12. Mineral resource abundance and regional growth in Spain, 1860-2000

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    Jordi Domenech

    2008-01-01

    The natural resource curse hypothesis predicts that natural resource windfalls can reduce the long run level of income per capita by crowding out manufacturing, slowing down the accumulation of human capital, damaging institutions and increasing inequality. This paper explores some of the central tenets of the natural resource curse literature by exploiting variation in mineral resources in Spain from 1860

  13. Climatic and tectonic uplift evolution since ~7 Ma in Gyirong basin, southwestern Tibet plateau: clay mineral evidence

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    Hanlie Hong; Kexin Zhang; Zhaohui Li

    2010-01-01

    Climate evolution associated with the uplift in Gyirong, southern margin of the Tibetan plateau, was investigated based on\\u000a the clay mineralogy of the Gyirong sediments, using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy methods. The (chlorite + illite)\\/(kaolinite + smectite)\\u000a ratio and the illite crystallinity index suggest the trend of paleoclimate evolution in Gyirong basin during ~7–1.7 Ma BP,\\u000a with a warm and humid climate in

  14. Rare earth element and clay minerals of paddy soils from the central region of the Mekong River, Laos

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    K. Egashira; K. Fujii; S. Yamasaki; P. Virakornphanich

    1997-01-01

    The rare earth elements (REE) content, particle-size distribution, and clay mineralogical composition were analyzed for the paddy soils collected from the central region of the Mekong River, Laos, to study the origin and inherent potentiality of soils. REE as the chondrite-normalized curve of the plot of Ce\\/Eu against Eu\\/Sm were found to be useful for grouping soils according to their

  15. 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.

  16. Minerals

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    Michael Passow

    This slide show provides students with basic information on mineralogy. It explains how the term "mineral" is defined, the properties that are used to identify minerals, their importance in daily life, and some general facts. For each identifying property, an example mineral and photograph are provided. Addresses to websites with additional information are also included.

  17. 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.

  18. Variability of fluvial sediment supply to the Laptev Sea continental margin during Late Weichselian to Holocene times: implications from clay-mineral records

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    Müller, Claudia; Stein, Ruediger

    2000-08-01

    Three sediment cores from the Laptev Sea continental margin were investigated for their clay mineralogy by X-ray diffraction to study the fluvial sediment supply since the late Weichselian. In the study area, the clay-mineral composition of surface sediments is characterized by distinct regional variations. The source area for smectite in the eastern Eurasian Basin is the Putoran Plateau drained by the Khatanga and Yenisei rivers. Currents caused by river discharge and the inflow of Atlantic water masses along the Eurasian continental margin are responsible for sediment distribution. In the sediment cores, smectite and illite contents show an opposite trend which mainly results from variable smectite supply. During MIS 2 the amount of smectite on the Laptev Sea continental margin never exceeds 10 rel.%. Probably, reduced river discharge and the lowered sea level during MIS 2 caused a decreased sediment supply to the Laptev Sea. Additionally, the Putoran Plateau was covered by an ice sheet during the Late Weichselian preventing the erosion of smectite-rich soils. In contrast, maximum smectite contents (up to 30 rel.%) in Holocene sediments result from increased sediment input by the Khatanga River and from the Kara Sea through the Vilkitsky Strait and via St. Anna Trough into the western Laptev Sea.

  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. Impact of climate and related weathering processes on the authigenesis of clay minerals: Examples from circum-Baikal region, Siberia

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    Thea Vogt; Norbert Clauer; Philippe Larqué

    2010-01-01

    The widely outcropping igneous and metamorphic rocks of the circum-Baikal region all contain illite and chlorite resulting from early alteration of primary minerals. These rocks were deeply weathered and leached, mainly to kaolinite, under the warm and mostly wet Upper-Cretaceous and Palaeogene climates. During the following severely dry and cold Pleistocene episodes, the glacier cover was restricted, allowing the formation

  1. Sea-level and provenance controlled clay mineral assemblage since the last 19 ka in the southern South China Sea: records of Core MD05-2894 off the Sunda Shelf

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    Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Colin, C.; Sathiamurthy, E.; Hantoro, W. S.; Zhao, Y.

    2010-12-01

    High-resolution clay mineral assemblage at Core MD05-2894 (7°2.25'N, 111°33.11'E, water depth 1982 m) in the southern South China Sea is used to investigate the provenance and transport process of fine-grained sediments since the last 19 ka. In order to perform the source analysis, clay minerals in surface sediments of various potential source areas are also analyzed, including the Mekong River, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Sunda Shelf. Clay mineralogical results at Core MD05-2894 indicate the sea level rise as the principal factor to drive provenance changes. During the late glacial stage, the Sunda Shelf was exposed. High values of smectite (average 32%) and kaolinite (27%) at the core suggest a large contribution of fine-grained sediments transported by the potential Sunda paleo-drainage system from Malaysia Peninsula and Sumatra, where kaolinite and smectite are rich. During the deglaciation when the sea level rises, illite and chlorite contents increased with a similar pattern, whereas kaolinite and smectite contents decreased, suggesting more sediment contribution from the Mekong River and Northwest Borneo. During the Holocene, variations in four clay mineral contents keep relatively stable with more illite and chlorite contents than those of the deglaciation and last glacial stage, indicating a mixture of various provenances.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. Clay Exploration

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    Chicago Children's Museum

    2008-01-01

    In this activity, learners explore the possibilities of clay as a natural material. At three stations, learners create sculptures, use natural items such as small pebbles, twigs, and pinecones to embellish clay structures, and paint with clay. These activities help learners discover the sensory qualities of clay as a medium.

  6. Centimetre-scale vertical variability of phenoxy acid herbicide mineralization potential in aquifer sediment relates to the abundance of tfdA genes.

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    Bat?o?lu-Pazarba??, Meriç; Bælum, Jacob; Johnsen, Anders R; Sørensen, Sebastian R; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Aamand, Jens

    2012-05-01

    Centimetre-scale vertical distribution of mineralization potential was determined for 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) and 2-(4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)propanoic acid (MCPP) by 96-well microplate radiorespirometric analysis in aquifer sediment sampled just below the groundwater table. Mineralization of 2,4-D and MCPA was fastest in sediment samples taken close to the groundwater table, whereas only minor mineralization of MCPP was seen. Considerable variability was exhibited at increasing aquifer depth, more so with 2,4-D than with MCPA. This suggests that the abundance of MCPA degraders was greater than that of 2,4-D degraders, possibly due to the fact that the overlying agricultural soil had long been treated with MCPA. Mineralization of 2,4-D and MCPA was followed by increased abundance of tfdA class I and class III catabolic genes, which are known to be involved in the metabolism of phenoxy acid herbicides. tfdA class III gene copy number was approximately 100-fold greater in samples able to mineralize MCPA than in samples able to mineralize 2,4-D, suggesting that tfdA class III gene plays a greater role in the metabolism of MCPA than of 2,4-D. Degradation rate was found to correlate positively with tfdA gene copy number, as well as with the total organic carbon content of the sediment. PMID:22611553

  7. 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.

  8. Weathering History During Extreme Climate Conditions in Neoproterozoic Time: a Clay Mineral Study on the Nanhuan-Sinian Succession (South China)

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    Dobrzinski, N.; Bahlburg, H.; Strauss, H.; Kasbohm, J.; Zhang, Q.

    2004-05-01

    The Nanhuan-Sinian sedimentary rocks on the Yangtze Platform in South China represent a glacial succession of Neoproterozoic age. The succession of paleolow-latitude is assumed to be correlative to the global glacial "snowball Earth" event. This estimation is on the one hand based on sparse age determinations and on the other hand on in the simalarities of its consecutive occurence of tillites and warm-water carbonates similar to successions on other continents. One of the postulates of the snowball Earth hypothesis is that during glaciation chemical weathering on the continents was shut down and was followed by intense silicate weathering in the aftermath of the glaciation. Furthermore, as a result of the nearly complete ice-cover oceanic bottom waters allegedly became anoxic. Clay minerals are being produced among other things by weathering of silicate minerals. We evaluated the degree of chemical weathering by combining major and trace element analyses (incl. REE), XRD and TEM to recontruct the weathering history during the Nanhuan-Sinian time. Lithological records together with the application of geochemical weathering proxies indicate an inter- or at least intraglacial stage for the Nanhuan-Sinian succession. The values of paleoredox indices do not show anoxic bottom water conditions during the Nanhuan glaciation. Our results allow two possible implications: (i) The snowball Earth scenario did not occur exactly as postulated and needs to consider climate variability and long-term ocean-atmosphere interaction, or (ii) the Nanhuan glaciation evolved independently from the global glaciations considered by the snowball Earth hypothesis.

  9. 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.

  10. 21 CFR 186.1256 - Clay (kaolin).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...white to yellowish or grayish fine powder. There are at least three different minerals, kaolinite, dickite, and nacrite, classified as kaolin. Kaolinite or china clay is whiter, less contaminated with extraneous minerals, and less...

  11. 21 CFR 186.1256 - Clay (kaolin).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...powder. There are at least three different minerals, kaolinite, dickite, and nacrite, classified as kaolin. Kaolinite or china clay is whiter, less contaminated with extraneous minerals, and less plastic in water. (b) In accordance...

  12. 21 CFR 186.1256 - Clay (kaolin).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...powder. There are at least three different minerals, kaolinite, dickite, and nacrite, classified as kaolin. Kaolinite or china clay is whiter, less contaminated with extraneous minerals, and less plastic in water. (b) In accordance...

  13. 21 CFR 186.1256 - Clay (kaolin).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...powder. There are at least three different minerals, kaolinite, dickite, and nacrite, classified as kaolin. Kaolinite or china clay is whiter, less contaminated with extraneous minerals, and less plastic in water. (b) In accordance...

  14. Enzyme-clay interactions and their impact on transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in soil

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    Naidja, A.; Huang, P.M.; Bollag, J.M.

    2000-06-01

    Soil is a living system in which enzymes are present either free in solution or bound to clay and clay-humus complexes. Enzyme-clay interactions play a key role in transforming organic compounds in soil environments where the decomposition and synthetic processes are largely catalyzed by enzymes. Scientific evidence indicates that mineral colloids take part in the catalysis of degradative and synthetic reactions of organic compounds. Such information is essential to understanding the role of mineral colloids, the hidden half of the enzyme-mineral colloid complexes, in catalytic reactions. Despite the abundant literature on the enzyme interactions with pure crystalline aluminosilicates, the nature of enzyme association with soil constituents, including both clean and coated clay minerals and other mineral colloids, and the effect on soil processes still remain unclear. This study integrates the existing information, including recent findings on enzyme-mineral colloid interactions and their effect on natural and anthropogenic organic compound transformation in soil. Further, the study focuses on the catalytic role of enzyme-clay complex surfaces in toxic industrial and agricultural compound bioremediation in soil and water environments.

  15. Prebiotic carbon in clays from Orgueil and Ivuna (CI), and Tagish Lake (C2 ungrouped) meteorites

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    Garvie, Laurence A. J.; Buseck, Peter R.

    Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopic (EELS) study of the Ivuna and Orgueil (CI), and Tagish Lake (C2 ungrouped) carbonaceous chondrite meteorites shows two types of C-clay assemblages. The first is coarser-grained (to 1 ?m) clay flakes that show an intense O K edge from the silicate together with a prominent C K edge, but without discrete C particles. Nitrogen is common in some clay flakes. Individual Orgueil and Tagish Lake meteorite clay flakes contain up to 6 and 8 at% C, respectively. The C K-edge spectra from the clays show fine structure revealing aromatic, aliphatic, carboxylic, and carbonate C. The EELS data shows that this C is intercalated with the clay flakes. The second C-clay association occurs as poorly crystalline to amorphous material occurring as nanometer aggregates of C, clay, and Fe-O-rich material. Some aggregates are dominated by carbonaceous particles that are structurally and chemically similar to the acid insoluble organic matter. The C K-edge shape from this C resembles that of amorphous C, but lacking the distinct peaks corresponding to aliphatic, carboxylic, and carbonate C groups. Nanodiamonds are locally abundant in some carbonaceous particles. The abundance of C in the clays suggest that molecular speciation in the carbonaceous chondrites is partly determined by the effects of aqueous processing on the meteorite parent bodies, and that clays played an important role. This intricate C-clay association lends credence to the proposal that minerals were important in the prebiotic chemical evolution of the early solar system.

  16. Discharge of landfill leachate to streambed sediments impacts the mineralization potential of phenoxy acid herbicides depending on the initial abundance of tfdA gene classes.

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    Bat?o?lu-Pazarba??, Meriç; Milosevic, Nemanja; Malaguerra, Flavio; Binning, Philip J; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Bjerg, Poul L; Aamand, Jens

    2013-05-01

    To understand the role of abundance of tfdA gene classes belonging to ?- and ?-proteobacteria on phenoxy acid herbicide degradation, streambed sediments were sampled around three seepage meters (SMs) installed in a landfill-impacted groundwater-surface water interface. Highest herbicide mass discharge to SM3, and lower herbicide mass discharges to SM1 and SM2 were determined due to groundwater discharge rates and herbicide concentrations. SM1-sediment with the lowest abundance of tfdA gene classes had the slowest mineralization, whereas SM2- and SM3-sediments with more abundant tfdA genes had faster mineralization. The observed difference in mineralization rates between discharge zones was simulated by a Monod-based kinetic model, which confirmed the role of abundance of tfdA gene classes. This study suggests presence of specific degraders adapted to slow growth rate and high yield strategy due to long-term herbicide exposure; and thus groundwater-surface water interface could act as a natural biological filter and protect stream water quality. PMID:23454590

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    1984-10-01

    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 ? 18O 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 ? 18O 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.

  19. Sorption of metal ions on clay minerals. 2: Mechanism of Co sorption on hectorite at high and low ionic strength and impact on the sorbent stability

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    Schlegel, M.L.; Charlet, L.; Manceau, A.

    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 {micro}M, 0.3 M NaNO{sub 3}) and ionic strength (0.3 and 0.01 M NaNO{sub 3}, TotCo = 100 {micro}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. 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. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. minerals

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    Wildner, Manfred; Giester, Gerald; Kersten, Monika; Langer, Klaus

    2014-10-01

    Polarized electronic absorption spectra of colourless chalcocyanite, CuSO4, have been measured using microscope-spectrometric techniques. The spectra are characterized by a structured and clearly polarized band system in the near-infrared spectral range with components centred at 11,720, 10,545, 9,100, and 7,320 cm-1, which have been assigned to crystal field d- d transitions of Cu2+ cations in pseudo-tetragonally elongated CuO6 polyhedra with point symmetry C i (). The polarization behaviour is interpreted based on a D 2( C 2?) pseudo-symmetry. Crystal field calculations were performed for the actual triclinic point symmetry by applying the Superposition Model of crystal fields, as well as in terms of a `classic' pseudo-tetragonal crystal field approach yielding the parameters Dq (eq) = 910, Dt = 395, and Ds = 1,336 cm-1, corresponding to a cubically averaged Dq cub = 679 cm-1. A comparative survey on crystal fields in Cu2+ minerals shows that the low overall crystal field strength in chalcocyanite, combined with a comparatively weak pseudo-tetragonal splitting of energy levels, is responsible for its unique colourless appearance among oxygen-based Cu2+ minerals. The weak crystal field in CuSO4 can be related to the lower position of the SO4 2- anion compared to, e.g. the H2O molecule in the spectrochemical series of ligands.

  3. Origin, distribution, and rapid removal of hydrothermally formed clay at Mount Baker, Washington

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    Frank, David

    1983-01-01

    Clay minerals are locally abundant in two hydrothermal areas at Mount Baker-Sherman Crater and the Dorr Fumarole Field. The silt- and clay-size fractions of volcanic debris that is undergoing alteration at and near the ground surface around areas of current fumarolic activity in Sherman Crater are largely dominated by alunite and a silica phase, either opal or cristobalite, but contain some kaolinite and smectite. Correspondingly, the chemistry of solutions at the surface of the crater, as represented by the crater lake, favors the formation of alunite over kaolinite. In contrast, vent-filling debris that was ejected to the surface from fumaroles in 1975 contains more than 20 percent clay-size material in which kaolinite and smectite are dominant. The youngest eruptive deposit (probably 19th century) on the crater rim was also altered prior to ejection and contains as much as 27 percent clay-size material in which kaolinite, smectite, pyrophyllite, and mixed-layer illitesmectite are abundant. The hydrothermal products, kaolinite and alunite, are present in significant amounts in five large Holocene mudflows that originated at the upper cone of Mount Baker. The distribution of kaolinite in crater and valley deposits indicates that, with the passage of time, increasingly greater amounts of this clay mineral have been incorporated into large mass movements from the upper cone. Either erosion has cut into more kaolinitic parts of the core of Sherman Crater, or the amount of kaolinite has increased through time in Sherman Crater.

  4. 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.

  5. Molecular simulations of the swelling of clays

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    Smit, B.

    2008-12-01

    The particularly interesting subject of the swelling behavior of clay minerals is addressed by a combination of molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo sampling techniques. The introduced algorithm essentially mimics the experimental determination of the water adsorption isotherm and quantitatively predicts clay swelling for montmorillonite-type clays including such details as the occurrence of hydrated states and hysteresis. Furthermore, important insights into the underlying mechanism of clay swelling from the one-layer to the two- layer hydrate are derived. It turns out that, for this case, clay-swelling proceeds via the migration of counterions that are initially bound to the mineral surface to the central interlayer plane where they become fully hydrated. The extent of clay swelling strongly depends on the charge locus. We demonstrate that this might be the source of the observed hysteresis in clay swelling.

  6. Evaluating the geochemically induced swelling/shrinkage of the near-field host clay rock using a THC model and the diffuse double layer theory

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    Zheng, L.; Liu, H.; Birkholzer, J. T.; Houseworth, J. E.; Sonnenthal, E. L.

    2011-12-01

    One advantage of emplacing nuclear waste in a clay formation is the potential self-sealing capability due to clay swelling. The swelling properties of the near-field host clay rock can be altered due to geochemical factors, including changes in groundwater geochemistry, proportions of exchangeable cations, and swelling clay mineral abundances. The clay host rock can also undergo geochemical changes due to the interaction with the engineered barrier system (EBS) materials. In this paper, coupled thermal, hydrological, and chemical (THC) models are linked with a swelling model based on diffuse double layer (DDL) theory and changes in the swelling properties of clay host rocks in the near field area are evaluated. Findings based on THC simulations using the reaction-transport code TOUGHREACT include: 1) Significant changes in the swelling pressure could be expected depending on various hydrogeologic and geochemical conditions. The change of hydration rate of the EBS (via the adjustment of tortuosity) could have significant effect on the swelling pressure. 2) Geochemically-induced swelling/shrinkage only occurs in the near-field area, within a few meters from the EBS interface. 3) Swelling/shrinkage induced porosity change is generally much smaller than that caused by mineral precipitation/dissolution. 4) The geochemically-induced swelling/shrinkage of host clay rock is the combined effect of variation in the pore water geochemistry, exchangeable cations, and smectite abundance. Neglecting any of these three latter factors might lead to a miscalculation of the geochemically-induced swelling pressure.

  7. Effect of Clay Fraction on Hydraulic Properties and DNAPL Distribution in Porous Media

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    A. J. Rossman; N. J. Hayden; D. Matmon

    2001-01-01

    Clays affect the hydraulic properties of natural porous media and commonly occur in all types of sedimentary deposits. Clay minerals and aggregates of clay minerals less than 2 microns in size are unique sediments that have physical and chemical properties much different than their silt and sand-sized counterparts. Even small amounts of clay have been observed to significantly impact the

  8. Spectral variability of plagioclase-mafic mixtures (1): Effects of chemistry and modal abundance in reflectance spectra of rocks and mineral mixtures

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    Serventi, Giovanna; Carli, Cristian; Sgavetti, Maria; Ciarniello, Mauro; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Pedrazzi, Giuseppe

    2013-09-01

    Remote sensing from lunar highland and from Hermean surface showed reflectance spectra with no detectable absorption bands in the visible and near infrared, and recently M3 data from the lunar surface (e.g., Orientale Basin) have shown spectra with a weak absorption band centered at 1250 nm. Those terrains were generally interpreted as plagioclase rich regions. Plagioclase, however, has often been considered a spectrally transparent and almost featureless mineral. So it is difficult to recognize its presence and to quantify the abundance of this mineral even if it is one of the most important mineralogical component of the planetary surfaces. In this work we investigate the influence of plagioclase absorption band on the absorption of Fe, Mg minerals. We consider three plagioclases with different FeO wt.% contents which have been mixed with three mafic end-members (1) pyroxene-bearing and olivine-free, (2) olivine-poor and (3) olivine-rich, at two different grain size. Plagioclase’s influence has been expressed considering variation of different spectral parameters: band position, band intensity and band width. We show that plagioclase has spectroscopically different behavior when mixed with olivine-bearing or olivine-free end-members, but, in general, adding modal abundance of plagioclase produces higher albedo and reduced spectral contrast. Increasing FeO content in plagioclase and coarsening the grain size have similar effects on the mixture spectra. We also observed the spectral convergence of mixtures with different composition and grain size. With these results, we point out the importance of considering the plagioclase absorption on mixture’s mineralogical composition, when spectra from different terrain are considered. Moreover, accurate evaluation of the abundance of plagioclase in those mixture should be discussed in subsequent works.

  9. Metal inclusion in expanded clays

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    Emilio Bottari; Maria Rosa Festa; Julia Syrova; Alessandro Bossi

    2008-01-01

    The possibility to include in expanded clay little amounts of metallic ions present in waste material, without significant influence on the environment, was investigated. In this article, known quantities of cadmium(II), lead(II), chromium(III), and chromium(VI) were added to a mixture of raw pit clay, adding a small amount of mineral oil. The resultant paste was heated at 1200°C, in conditions

  10. 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

  11. Sr-Nd isotope composition and clay mineral assemblages in eolian dust from the central Philippine Sea over the last 600 kyr: Implications for the transport mechanism of Asian dust

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    Seo, Inah; Lee, Yong Il; Yoo, Chan Min; Kim, Hyung Jeek; Hyeong, Kiseong

    2014-10-01

    Dust transport to the tropical/subtropical northwestern Pacific over the past 600 kyr was investigated using radiogenic isotopes (87Sr/86Sr and ?Nd), together with the clay mineral composition, of eolian dust preserved in a sediment core obtained from the Philippine Sea (12°30'N, 134°60'E). These data revealed the influence of two prevailing dust sources, namely, the Asian deserts and nearby volcanic arcs (e.g., the Luzon Arc), with average contributions of around 70% and 30%, respectively, from each. The clay mineral composition of the core resembled dust from the central Asian deserts (CADs; e.g., the Taklimakan Desert) as in the north-central Pacific, but published aerosol data collected near the study site during winter/spring have the mineralogical signature of dust originating from the East Asian deserts (EADs). These data indicate that the relative contribution of EAD dust increases with the northeasterly surface winds associated with the East Asian Winter Monsoon (EAWM) during winter/spring, but the Prevailing Westerlies and Trade Winds that carry dust from the CADs is the dominant transport agent in the overall dust budget of the study site. The results of this study contradict the prevailing view that direct dust transport by the EAWM winds in spring dominates the annual flux of eolian dust in the northwest Pacific.

  12. Late Holocene Paleoclimatic Changes in Western Central Africa Inferred from Mineral Abundance in Dated Sediments from Lake Ossa (Southwest Cameroon)

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    Wirrmann, Denis; Bertaux, Jacques; Kossoni, Alice

    2001-09-01

    Minerals derived from catchment soils were determined using FTIR spectroscopy in the well-dated core OW4 from Lake Ossa, a lowland rainforest area in Cameroon. This quantification provides a hydrologic record indicating that the magnitude of runoff events, and by inference, rainfall pattern, has varied during the Late Holocene. The comparison between minerogenic inputs and vegetation changes improves the understanding of the inferred climate dynamics. Since at least 5400 cal yr B.P., the paleomonsoon rainfall intensity decreased, as shown by a general decrease in mineral fluxes. This observation is consistent with a gradual weakening of the boreal summer insolation in tropical latitudes. However, the major vegetational change lags behind the onset of the decrease in mineral fluxes. From 2800 to ca 1000 cal yr B.P., the forest receded: the amount of rainforest taxa decreased and is replaced by pioneer trees and Poaceae, when the mineral fluxes attained their lowest values. This episode of maximum dryness is attributed to an abrupt climatic event of global significance which is superimposed onto the paleomonsoon variability. It is related to a cold event, which in turn produced a change in the lower atmospheric circulation that was characterized by a strengthening of northern trade winds, probably correlated with sea-surface temperature variations in the eastern tropical Atlantic area.

  13. Trace element abundances and mineral\\/melt distribution coefficients in phonolites from the Laacher See volcano (Germany)

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    G. Wörrier; J.-M. Beusen; N. Duchateau; R. Gijbels; H.-U. Schmincke

    1983-01-01

    Twenty six whole rocks, seven matrix and fifty three mineral separates from the compositionally zoned late Quaternary Laacher See tephra sequence (East Eifel, W Germany) were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation. These data document the chemical variation within the Laacher See magma chamber prior to eruption with a highly fractionated phonolite at the top and a more mafic phonolite at

  14. Clay composition and swelling potential estimation of soils using depth of absorption bands in the SWIR (1100-2500 nm) spectral domain

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    Dufréchou, Grégory; Granjean, Gilles; Bourguignon, Anne

    2014-05-01

    Swelling soils contain clay minerals that change volume with water content and cause extensive and expensive damage on infrastructures. Presence of clay minerals is traditionally a good estimator of soils swelling and shrinking behavior. Montmorillonite (i.e. smectite group), illite, kaolinite are the most common minerals in soils and are usually associated to high, moderate, and low swelling potential when they are present in significant amount. Characterization of swelling potential and identification of clay minerals of soils using conventional analysis are slow, expensive, and does not permit integrated measurements. SWIR (1100-2500 nm) spectral domain are characterized by significant spectral absorption bands related to clay content that can be used to recognize main clay minerals. Hyperspectral laboratory using an ASD Fieldspec Pro spectrometer provides thus a rapid and less expensive field surface sensing that permits to measure soil spectral properties. This study presents a new laboratory reflectance spectroscopy method that used depth of clay diagnostic absorption bands (1400 nm, 1900 nm, and 2200 nm) to compare natural soils to synthetic montmorillonite-illite-kaolinite mixtures. We observe in mixtures that illite, montmorillonite, and kaolinite content respectively strongly influence the depth of absorption bands at 1400 nm (D1400), 1900 nm (D1900), and 2200 nm (D2200). To attenuate or removed effects of abundance and grain size, depth of absorption bands ratios were thus used to performed (i) 3D (using D1900/D2200, D1400/D1900, and D2200/D1400 as axis), and (ii) 2D (using D1400/D1900 and D1900/D2200 as axis) diagrams of synthetic mixtures. In this case we supposed that the overall reduction or growth of depth absorption bands should be similarly affected by the abundance and grain size of materials in soil. In 3D and 2D diagrams, the mixtures define a triangular shape formed by two clay minerals as external envelop and the three clay minerals mixtures are located inside of the triangular shape. Clay composition of natural soils were estimated using 3D and 2D diagrams used as standard template from: (i) the average clay composition of the three closer mixtures when soil samples were plotted inside the triangular distribution of mixtures; and (ii) the closer mixture when the soil sample were plotted outside of the triangular distribution of mixtures. Comparison with X-ray diffraction analysis show reliable prediction of montmorillonite content that were used to estimate the swelling potential of soils. This method allows a simple, fast, and low cost method that classes soils into four swelling classes based on comparison with Methylene Blue test, and could be used as complementary or alternative method to traditional geotechnical analysis.

  15. 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 -58.0°C to -56.6°C, homogenization temperatures of the carbonic phase (mostly into the liquid phase) mainly between 22°C and 30°C, clathrate melting temperatures from 1.8°C to 9.2°C, with corresponding salinities from 1.6 to 13.4 wt.% NaCl equivalent, and total homogenization temperatures from 226°C to 330°C. The aqueous inclusions have first melting temperatures from -60°C to -52°C, ice melting temperatures from -41.4°C to -2.3°C, with salinities from 3.9 to 29.0 wt.% NaCl equivalent, and total homogenization temperatures mainly from 140°C to 250°C. 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.

  16. Minerals in our Environment

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    This downloadable poster (36 in. by 60 in.) describes how minerals are used in household substances and objects, listed by name, with numbers corresponding to locations in a typical house. For example, in the kitchen, appliances contain steel and copper, clay minerals are found in china, and table salt contains the mineral halite.

  17. 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.

  18. Mechanism of Strong Affinity of Clay Minerals to Radioactive Cesium: First-Principles Calculation Study for Adsorption of Cesium at Frayed Edge Sites in Muscovite

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    Okumura, Masahiko; Nakamura, Hiroki; Machida, Masahiko

    2013-03-01

    The present first-principles study based on density-functional theory confirms that frayed edge sites (FESs) formed in micaceous clays have a crucial role in the long-term stability of radioisotopes of Cs on the topsoil surface. An FES is modeled according to the weathering scenario of muscovite, and the substitution of originally occupied K with Cs is virtually simulated. The calculation results clearly demonstrate that such a replacement is strongly promoted only when the stack structure is loosely expanded at the clay edges. This is the first atomic-scale confirmation of the strong affinity of FESs to Cs, which may shed new light on the decontamination engineering of soil materials.

  19. Effect of firing temperature and atmosphere on ceramics made of NW Peloponnese clay sediments: Part II. Chemistry of pyrometamorphic minerals and comparison with ancient ceramics

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Rathossi; Y. Pontikes

    2010-01-01

    The influence of firing conditions on the chemical composition of the major pyrometamorphic phases of Ca-, Fe-rich Plio-Pleistocene sediments of NW Peloponnese is studied. These sediments have been used in the production of ceramic artefacts for a large historical period and are still in use by the local heavy clay industry. Firing conditions were oxidising (CO\\/CO2, %, ranging from 0.2

  20. Compositional variation in clay mineral fraction of fine and coarse-grained units in Westwater Canyon Member (Morrison Formation, San Juan basin, New Mexico)

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    P. O. Eberly; L. J. Crossey

    1989-01-01

    Smectites and mixed-layer illite\\/smectite clays from a suite of core samples drawn from the Westwater Canyon Member of the Morrison Formation (USGS borehole S6) have been examined using analytical electron microscopy (AEM) and x-ray diffraction. Samples from 784 and 808 m deep are fine and coarse-grained, respectively. An intermediate sample (806-m depth) is a sandy siltstone with conspicuous shale intraclasts.

  1. 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.

  2. UTILIZATION OF SOME CERAMIC INDUSTRIAL WASTES FOR MAKING CLAY-BUILDING BRICKS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. G. Abd El-Ghafour; H. S. Hassan; H. H. Assal

    The clay deposits at Kom Osheem area, Fayoum Governorate, Egypt, were previously investigated. These clays are silty to silty mud with a mineralogical composition of montmorillonite, montmorillonite - illite, kaolinite and illite clay minerals in addition to, quartz, feldspar and calcite as the non-clay minerals. Chemically, these clays contain low Al2O3, high SiO2 and low soluble salts. The ceramic properties

  3. The Mobility of Organic Contaminants in Water and Clays

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    P. A. Lock; N. T. Skipper; Z. Mirza; F. Fernandez-Alonso; M. Adams; S. Howells; J. Swenson

    2005-01-01

    The interlayer pores of swelling clays provide an ideal environment in which to study confined fluids, and are the site of many important hydrological and petrological processes. Swelling clays, such as vermiculites, are layered minerals, widespread in soils and sedimentary rocks and are an important sink\\/source of many toxic organic chemicals. Knowledge of diffusion of organics through clay-rich materials is

  4. Clay at Nili Fossae

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Evidence for the submarine weathering of silicate minerals in Black Sea sediments: Possible implications for the marine Li and B cycles

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    G. Aloisi; K. Wallmann; M. Drews; G. Bohrmann

    2004-01-01

    The role of sediment diagenesis in the marine cycles of Li and B is poorly understood. Because Li and B are easily mobilized during burial and are consumed in authigenic clay mineral formation, their abundance in marine pore waters varies considerably. Exchange with the overlying ocean through diffusive fluxes should thus be common. Nevertheless, only a minor Li sink associated

  7. 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.

  8. Sedimentary and Related Minerals

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    Dexter Perkins

    In this three-part exercise, students study hand samples and thin sections of sedimentary minerals and rocks. Part one - Box of Rocks: Students examine a tray of Halides, Carbonates, Borates, and Clays and record their physical properties, composition, habit, and occurence. They note chemical and physical similarities and differences of the minerals. Part two - Definitions: Define a list of terms relevent to the lab. Part three - Minerals in Thin Section: Observe sedimentary minerals in thin section and answer questions about them.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. Chemo–mechanical interactions in clay: a correlation between clay mineralogy and Atterberg limits

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    Robrecht M Schmitz; Christian Schroeder; Robert Charlier

    2004-01-01

    Among some few others tests, the evaluation of the Atterberg limits is a very basic soil mechanical test allowing a first insight into the chemical reactivity of clays. Basically, the liquid limit and the plasticity index are highly and mainly influenced by the ability of clay minerals to interact with liquids. In this contribution, a correlation between the Atterberg limits

  13. 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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    James P. Ferris; Gözen Ertem; Vipin Agarwal

    1989-01-01

    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

  14. Sorption of metal ions on clay minerals. 1: Polarized EXAFS evidence for the adsorption of Co on the edges of hectorite particles

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    Schlegel, M.L.; Manceau, A.; Charlet, L. [Univ. of Grenoble (France). Environmental Geochemistry Group] [Univ. of Grenoble (France). Environmental Geochemistry Group; Chateigner, D. [Univ. du Maine, Le Mans (France). Lab. de Physique de l`Etat Condense] [Univ. du Maine, Le Mans (France). Lab. de Physique de l`Etat Condense

    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 NaNO{sub 3}) 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{degree}. Co K-edge P-EXAFS spectra were recorded at angles between the incident beam and the film normal equal to 0, 35, 50, and 60{degree}; the 90{degree} 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 {angstrom} and 2.3 {+-} 0.5 Si at 3.27 {angstrom}. 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.

  15. Clay Boats

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    2014-09-18

    Students use a small quantity of modeling clay to make boats that float in a tub of water. The object is to build boats that hold as much weight as possible without sinking. In the process of designing and testing their prototype creations, students discover some of the basic principles of boat design, gain first-hand experience with concepts such as buoyancy and density, and experience the steps of the engineering design process.

  16. Removal of chromium, nickel and cadmium from clays by in?situ electrokinetic remediation

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    Krishna R. Reddy; Usha S. Parupudi

    1997-01-01

    This article presents the results of a research study that investigated the use of the in situ electrokinetic process for removing chromium, nickel, and cadmium from contaminated clays. For this study, electrokinetic experiments were conducted on two types of clays: kaolin, a commercial?grade soil consisting mainly of kaolinite clay mineral, and glacial till, a fíeld derived clay that possesses a

  17. Clay mineralogy of the riverine sediments of Hainan Island, South China Sea: Implications for weathering and provenance

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    Hu, Bangqi; Li, Jun; Cui, Ruyong; Wei, Helong; Zhao, Jingtao; Li, Guogang; Fang, Xisheng; Ding, Xue; Zou, Liang; Bai, Fenglong

    2014-12-01

    Clay mineralogy of 54 fluvial samples collected from 20 major rivers on Hainan Island are investigated in order to determine compositional changes of clay minerals and to assess the weathering processes. The clay mineral assemblages consist dominantly of kaolinite (31-66%), with a lesser abundance of chlorite (22-44%) and illite (4-33%), and a trace amount of smectite (0-15%). Fluvial sediments from the east and northwest of Hainan Island are characterized by a higher kaolinite content and illite chemical index and poorer illite crystallinity than those from southwest Hainan. Only minor smectite (mean of 7%) occurs in the sediments from west Hainan; smectite is total lacking in east Hainan. Compared with the adjacent basins, Hainan Island is characterized by moderate to intensive chemical weathering with strong hydrolysis. Our results suggest that rainfall is the principal factor controlling the intensity of chemical weathering on Hainan Island, with more intense chemical weathering occurring in eastern and northwestern Hainan. Another practical implication of this study is that it provides a "missing" end member (Hainan Island) in the provenance discrimination study focused on the northern South China Sea (SCS). Hainan fine-grained sediments likely play an important role in providing clay minerals to the northern SCS carried by the South China Sea Warm Current (SCSWC) during the summer.

  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 ?-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 (? ? 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. 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

  20. Size-based speciation of iron in clay mineral particles by gravitational field-flow fractionation with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Chantiwas, Rattikan; Beckett, Ronald; Grudpan, Kate

    2005-01-01

    Gravitational field-flow fractionation (FFF) coupled to UV and ETAAS detectors has been tested for micron-size particles in the range of 5-20 ?m using three Fe-rich clay samples. The iron content estimated after aqua regia extraction was about 20-40 mg kg -1. The ETAAS analysis was performed both off-line from collected fractions and in an online continuous sampling mode using a specially designed flow through vial placed in the autosampler of the ETAAS. Comparison of the direct injection method with total analysis after aqua regia digestion shows that slurry injection of the dilute samples in the gravitational field-flow fractionation (GrFFF) effluent is quite efficient in these samples. In the majority of cases, more than 90% recovery was obtained for the slurry injection method. Fe mass-based particle size distributions and Fe concentration versus particle diameter plots can be generated using certain assumptions. This provides detailed information on size-based speciation of particulate samples. Generally, the Fe concentrations in the particles decreased slightly with an increase in particle size as is often found for soil and sediment samples.

  1. Detailed mineral and chemical relations in two uranium-vanadium ores

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    Garrels, Robert M.; Larsen, E. S., III; Pommer, A.M.; Coleman, R.G.

    1956-01-01

    Channel samples from two mines on the Colorado Plateau have been studied in detail both mineralogically and chemically. A channel sample from the Mineral Joe No. 1 mine, Montrose County, Colo., extends from unmineralized rock on one side, through a zone of variable mineralization, into only weakly mineralized rock. The unmineralized rock is a fairly clean quartz sand cemented with gypsum and contains only minor amounts of clay minerals. One boundary between unmineralized and mineralized rock is quite sharo and is nearly at right angles to the bedding. Vanadium clay minerals, chiefly mixed layered mica-montmorillonite and chlorite-monmorillonite, are abundant throughout the mineralized zone. Except in the dark "eye" of the channel sample, the vanadium clay minerals are accompanied by hewettite, carnotite, tyuyamunite, and probably unidentified vanadates. In the dark "eye," paramontroseite, pyrite, and marcasite are abundant, and bordered on each side by a zone containing abundant corvusite. No recognizable uranium minerals were seen in the paramontroseite zone although uranium is abundant there. Coaly material is recognizable throughout all of the channel but is most abundant in and near the dark "eye." Detailed chemical studies show a general increase in Fe, Al, U, and V, and a decrease in SO4 toward the "eye" of the channel. Reducing capacity studies indicate that V(IV) and Fe(II) are present in the clay mineral throughout the channel, but only in and near the "eye" are other V(IV) minerals present (paramontroseite and corvusite). The uranium is sexivalent, although its state of combination is conjectural where it is associated with paramontroseite. Where the ore boundary is sharp, the boundary of introduced trace elements is equally sharp. Textural and chemical relations leave no doubt that the "eye: is a partially oxidized remnant of a former lower-valence ore, and the remainder of the channel is a much more fully oxidized remnant. A channel sample from the Virgin No. 3 mine, Montrose County, Colo., extends from weakly mineralized sandstone on both sides through a strongly mineralized central zone. The weakly mineralized zone is a poorly sorted sandstone with common detrital clay partings; chlorite and mixed layer mica-montmorrillonite are abundant interstitial to the quartz grains. No distinct vanadium or uranium minerals are recognizable, although the clay minerals are vanadium bearing. Euherdral pyrite grains and selenian galena are present but rare. The strongly mineralized rock is separated from the weakly mineralized rock by a narrow transition zone which only apporiximates the bedding planes. It contains abundant vanadium-bearing clay minerals (predominantly chlorite) interstitial to the quartz grains, and apparently replacing them. Paramontroseite is common and is intergrown with the clay minerals. Pyrite and marcasite are present, chiefly in or near the abundant blebs and fragments of carbonaceous material. Selenian galena is rarely present, and generally in or near carbonaceous material. Coffinite is the only uranium mineral idenitified; it is extremely fine grained and was identified only in X-ray diffraction patterns of heavy separates. Distribution of trace elements is not clear; some are consistently high in the strongly mineralized rocks, and some are consistently low. The trace element composition of the unmineralized rock is not known. Chemical studies show a very abrupt rise in the total U, V, and Fe from the weakly mineralized to strongly mineralized rock. Reducing-capacity studies indicate that most of the vanadium is present as V(IV), but some is present as V(V); that iron is present as both Fe(II) and Fe(III), the latter believed to have been present in the primary clays of the unmineralized rock; and that come of the uranium is present as U(VI) in addition to the U(IV) in the coffinite. All evidence points to weak oxidation of an ore once having a somewhat lower valence state. The channel samples from both the Mineral Joe No. 1 mine and the Virgin No. 3 mine are believe to have been essentially

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Identification of Pore Structure and Clay Content from Seismic Data within an Argillaceous Sandstone Reservoir

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    Schelstrate, Robert

    2014-08-11

    to differentiate pore structure of spherical quartz grains and elongated clay minerals. Other studies have developed applicable rock physics models for identifying clay content from experimental and well log data in a shaly sandstone reservoir. The purpose...

  5. A possible energetic role of mineral surfaces in chemical evolution

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    Coyne, Lelia M.

    1985-09-01

    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. It appears sensible to postulate that the energetic properties of these substitutional defect centers may also be influential in these biomimetic processes: the promotion of surface reactions, storage of information, replication with transfer of information, and asymmetric separation of electrical charges, as well as their more recently hypothesized roles in energy storage and transduction. The identity of the sites implicated in all of the biomimetic functions of clays as well as their capacity for energy storage is seen to offer significant potential for coupling these functions to an environmental energy source. A yet more specific and experimentally testable hypothesis is offered for a new biomimetic process performed by clays. This hypothesis is that energy stored near isomorphically substituted sites provides the energetic basis for the coupled transport of electrical charge and/or electronic energy through the clay layer, which operates via environmental activation of electron/hole mobility. This is to say that mobility of charge/electronic excitation between defect centers serves as the basis for a primordial inorganic electron transport chain.

  6. A granulometry and secondary mineral fingerprint of chemical weathering in periglacial landscapes and its application to blockfield origins

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    Goodfellow, Bradley W.

    2012-12-01

    A review of published literature was undertaken to determine if there was a fingerprint of chemical weathering in regoliths subjected to periglacial conditions during their formation. If present, this fingerprint would be applied to the question of when blockfields in periglacial landscapes were initiated. These blocky diamicts are usually considered to represent remnants of regoliths that were chemically weathered under a warm, Neogene climate and therefore indicate surfaces that have undergone only a few metres to a few 10s of metres of erosion during the Quaternary. Based on a comparison of clay and silt abundances and secondary mineral assemblages from blockfields, other regoliths in periglacial settings, and regoliths from non-periglacial settings, a fingerprint of chemical weathering in periglacial landscapes was identified. A mobile regolith origin under, at least seasonal, periglacial conditions is indicated where clay(%) ? 0.5*silt(%) + 8 across a sample batch. This contrasts with a mobile regolith origin under non-periglacial conditions, which is indicated where clay(%) ? 0.5*silt(%) - 6 across a sample batch with clay(%) ? 0.5*silt(%) + 8 in at least one sample. A range of secondary minerals, which frequently includes interstratified minerals and indicates high local variability in leaching conditions, is also commonly present in regoliths exposed to periglacial conditions during their formation. Clay/silt ratios display a threshold response to temperature, related to the freezing point of water, but there is little response to precipitation or regolith residence time. Lithology controls clay and silt abundances, which increase from felsic, through intermediate, to mafic compositions, but does not control clay/silt ratios. Use of a sedigraph or Coulter Counter to determine regolith granulometry systematically indicates lower clay abundances and intra-site variability than use of a pipette or hydrometer. In contrast to clay/silt ratios, secondary mineral assemblages vary according to regolith residence time, temperature, and/or precipitation. A microsystems model is invoked as a conceptual framework in which to interpret the concurrent formation of the observed secondary mineral ranges. According to the fingerprint of chemical weathering in periglacial landscapes, there is generally no evidence of blockfield origins under warm Neogene climates. Nearly all blockfields appear to be a product of Quaternary physical and chemical weathering. A more dominant role for periglacial processes in further bevelling elevated, low relief, non-glacial surface remnants in otherwise glacially eroded landscapes is therefore indicated.

  7. Formation of hydrocarbons from acid-Clay suspensions by gamma irradiation

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    Cruz-Castañeda, J.; Negron-Mendoza, A.; Ramos-Bernal, S.

    2013-07-01

    The adsorption of certain organic compounds by clays gives rise to the transformation of the adsorbate through the action of the clays. This phenomenon can be enhanced using ionizing radiation. In this context, these kinds of reactions play an important role in many natural and industrial processes. For example, in oil and gas exploration, the source and trap of petroleum hydrocarbons is frequently clay-rich rocks. Clay-water-based muds are also seen as environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic oil-based fluids. The principal processes that occur in sediments are usually held to be of bacterial action and thermal transformation, which may include thermally induced catalytic alteration of the organic debris. On the other hand, radioactive materials are widely distributed throughout Earth. They were more abundant in the past, but are present in petroleum reservoirs. Their presence induced radioactive bombardment, which may have altered these sediments. This important subject has not been extensively studied. The aim of this work is to study the behavior of fatty acids—like behenic acid—and dicarboxylic acids—like fumaric acid—as model compounds, which are adsorbed in a clay mineral (Na-montmorillonite) and exposed to gamma radiation. The results show that the radiation-induced decomposition of the clay-acid system goes along a definitive path (oxidation), rather than following several modes of simultaneous decomposition, as happens in radiolysis without clay or by heating the system. The main radiolytic products for fatty acids are their corresponding hydrocarbons, with one C-atom less than the original acid.

  8. Formation of hydrocarbons from acid-Clay suspensions by gamma irradiation

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    Cruz-Castaneda, J.; Negron-Mendoza, A.; Ramos-Bernal, S. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM. Cd. Universitaria, A. P. 70-543, 04510 Mexico (Mexico)

    2013-07-03

    The adsorption of certain organic compounds by clays gives rise to the transformation of the adsorbate through the action of the clays. This phenomenon can be enhanced using ionizing radiation. In this context, these kinds of reactions play an important role in many natural and industrial processes. For example, in oil and gas exploration, the source and trap of petroleum hydrocarbons is frequently clay-rich rocks. Clay-water-based muds are also seen as environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic oil-based fluids. The principal processes that occur in sediments are usually held to be of bacterial action and thermal transformation, which may include thermally induced catalytic alteration of the organic debris. On the other hand, radioactive materials are widely distributed throughout Earth. They were more abundant in the past, but are present in petroleum reservoirs. Their presence induced radioactive bombardment, which may have altered these sediments. This important subject has not been extensively studied. The aim of this work is to study the behavior of fatty acids-like behenic acid-and dicarboxylic acids-like fumaric acid-as model compounds, which are adsorbed in a clay mineral (Na-montmorillonite) and exposed to gamma radiation. The results show that the radiation-induced decomposition of the clay-acid system goes along a definitive path (oxidation), rather than following several modes of simultaneous decomposition, as happens in radiolysis without clay or by heating the system. The main radiolytic products for fatty acids are their corresponding hydrocarbons, with one C-atom less than the original acid.

  9. Clay: The Forgotten Art.

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    Martin, Doris Marie

    1995-01-01

    Discusses the tactile and kinesthetic areas of learning children experience when using clay. Includes practical tips for using and storing clay for preschool use and notes the differences between potters' clay and play dough. (HTH)

  10. Amorphous clay materials of towada ando soils

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    Sadao Shoji; Masahiko Saigusa

    1977-01-01

    Towada Ando soils consisted of five soils—Towada-a (1,000 years old), Towada-b (2,000 years old), Chuseri (4,000 years old), Nanbu (8,600 years old), and Ninokura soils (10,000 years Amorphous clay materials of these soils taken at different localities were studied by the combined use of selective dissolution and differential infrared spectroscopy, X-ray analysis, electron microscopy, etc.The main clay minerals of Towada-a

  11. CLAY AND CLAY-SUPPORTED REAGENTS IN ORGANIC SYNTHESES

    EPA Science Inventory

    CLAY AND CLAY-SUPPORTED REAGENTS HAVE BEEN USED EXTENSIVELY FOR SYNTHETIC ORGANIC TRANSFORMATIONS. THIS OVERVIEW DESCRIBES THE SALIENT STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES OF VARIOUS CLAY MATERIALS AND EXTENDS THE DISCUSSION TO PILLARED CLAYS AND REAGENTS SUPPORTED ON CLAY MATERIALS. A VARIET...

  12. Characteristics of Natural Clay Deposits in Saudi Arabia and Their Potential Use for Nutrients and Water Conservation

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    A. S. Sheta; A. M. Falatah

    Clay minerals in soils are the key component controlling water storage and movement in irrigated arid lands. Previous studies proved that the application of high quality clay minerals even in low quantities to coarse textured desert soils improved dramatically the water conservation and water use efficiency. The main objective of this research was to identify and characterize clay deposits and

  13. Griffith Saponite as an Analog for Clay Minerals at Yellowknife Bay in Gale Crater, Mars: A Marker for Low-temperature Hydrothermal Processes

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    Morris, R.V.; Treiman, A. H.; Agresti, D. G.; Graff, T. G.; Achilles, C. N.; Rampe, E. B.; Bristow, T. F.; Ming, D. W.; Blake, D. F.; Vaniman, D. T.; Bish, D. L.; Chipera, S. J.; Morrison, S. M.; Downs, R. T.

    2014-01-01

    The CheMin X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity in Gale Crater, Mars, discovered smectite in drill fines of the Sheepbed mudstone at Yellowknife Bay (YNB). The mudstone has a basaltic composition, and the XRD powder diffraction pattern shows smectite 02l diffraction bands peaking at 4.59 A for targets John Klein and Cumberland, consistent with tri-octahedral smectites (saponite). From thermal analysis, the saponite abundance is 20 wt. %. Among terrestrial analogues we have studied, ferrian saponite from Griffith Park (Los Angeles, CA) gives the best match to the position of the 02l diffraction band of YNB saponites. Here we describe iron-rich saponites from a terrestrial perspective, with a focus on Griffith saponite, and discuss their implications for the mineralogy of Sheepbed saponite and its formation pathways. Iron-rich saponite: Iron-rich saponite on the Earth is recognized as a low-temperature (<100 C), authigenic alteration product of basalt [e.g., 4-16]. In the discussion that follows, we reference the position of the 02l band because it is a measure of the unit cell 'b' dimension of the octahedral layer and thus the cations (including Fe redox state) in the octahedral layer. Ordinarily, the 06l band near 1.5 A is used to determine the 'b' dimension of smectite, but this band is not accessible with MSL CheMin instrument. For reference, a ferrosaponite (i.e., Fe2+ saponite) studied by [15] has a 02l spacing of 4.72 A and Fe3+/?Fe = 0.27 [15]. Samples of terrestrial ferrosaponite, however, are reported to oxidize on the timescale of days when removed from their natural environment and not protected from oxidation. The Griffith saponite is Mg-rich ferrian saponite, and sample AMNH 89172 has an 02l spacing of 4.59 A (same as the Sheepbed saponites) and Fe3+/?Fe = 0.64 [3]. This similarity suggests that Sheepbed saponites are ferrian (incompletely oxidized ferrosaponite). More oxidized Griffith saponites (Fe3+/?Fe > 0.90) have somewhat smaller 02l d-spacings and also show Mossbauer evidence for an XRD amorphous Fe-bearing phase (e.g., ferrihydrite, hisingerite, superparamagnetic ferric oxides, etc.). The Griffith saponite occurs as vesicle fills, as replacements of olivine, and as replacements of mesostasis (basaltic glass). Similar occurrence modes are reported elsewhere. Hisingerite has been proposed by [13] as the alteration product of ferrian saponite whose precursor by oxidation was ferrosaponite.

  14. Imprinted Clay Coil Vessels

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    Lohr, Tresa Rae

    2006-01-01

    The author teaches clay vessel construction in the fifth grade, and it is amazing what can be accomplished in one forty-five minute period when the expectations are clarified in the initial lesson. The author introduces clay coil vessels with a discussion of the sources of clay and how clay relates to fifth-grade science curriculum concepts such…

  15. Portable Radiometer Identifies Minerals in the Field

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    Goetz, A. F. H.; Machida, R. A.

    1982-01-01

    Hand-held optical instrument aids in identifying minerals in field. Can be used in exploration for minerals on foot or by aircraft. The radiometer is especially suitable for identifying clay and carbonate minerals. Radiometer measures reflectances of mineral at two wavelengths, computes ratio of reflectances, and displays ratio to user.

  16. Compressibility and permeability of clays at high pressure

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    Lee, Honwoo Thomas

    1980-01-01

    Stresses in Overpressured Formations Compressibility of the Sediment SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS NORK Relationship Between Compressibility and Atterberg Limits The Effect of Mineral Composition on Permeability of Cl ay Permeability as a Function... of the Porosity Ratio The Effect of Temperature on the Compressibility of Clay Effect of Temperature on the Permeability of Clay PHYSICO-CHEMICAL THEORIES FOR BEHAVIOR OF CLAY Compressibility Permeability Atterberg Limits The Effect of Temperature...

  17. Controlling harmful algal blooms through clay flocculation.

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    Sengco, Mario R; Anderson, Donald M

    2004-01-01

    The potential use of clays to control harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been explored in East Asia, Australia, the United States, and Sweden. In Japan and South Korea, minerals such as montmorillonite, kaolinite, and yellow loess, have already been used in the field effectively, to protect fish mariculture from Cochlodinium spp. and other blooms. Cell removal occurs through the flocculation of algal and mineral particles, leading to the formation of larger aggregates (i.e. marine snow), which rapidly settle and further entrain cells during their descent. In the U.S., several clays and clay-rich sediments have shown high removal abilities (e.g. > 80% cell removal efficiency) against Karenia brevis, Heterosigma akashiwo, Pfiesteria piscicida and Aureococcus anophagefferens. In some cases, the removal ability of certain clays was further enhanced with chemical flocculants, such as polyaluminum chloride (PAC), to increase their adhesiveness. However, cell removal was also affected by bloom concentration, salinity, and mixing. Cell mortality was observed after clay addition, and increased with increasing clay concentration, and prolonged exposure to clays in the settled layer. Mesocosm, field enclosure, and flume experiments were also conducted to address cell removal with increasing scale and flow, water-column impacts, and the possible benthic effects from clay addition. Results from these studies will be presented, especially those in regards to water quality, seawater chemistry, bottom erodibility and faunal impacts in the benthos. At this time, clay dispersal continues to be a promising method for controlling HABs and mitigating their impacts based on existing information and experimental data. PMID:15134251

  18. ... FIELD TRIP GUIDEBOOK ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CLAYS

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas &II LPI #12;FIELD TRIP GUIDEBOOK ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ......................................................................................................................................23 Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center For the Clay Minerals Society 28th Annual Meeting Hosted with NASA Johnson Space Center Lunar and Planetary

  19. Phosphates in some missouri refractory clays

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    Hall, R.B.; Foord, E.E.; Keller, D.J.; Keller, W.D.

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes in detail phosphate minerals occurring in refractory clays of Missouri and their effect on the refractory degree of the clays. The minerals identified include carbonate-fluorapatite (francolite), crandallite, goyazite, wavellite, variscite and strengite. It is emphasized that these phosphates occur only in local isolated concentrations, and not generally in Missouri refractory clays. The Missouri fireclay region comprises 2 districts, northern and southern, separated by the Missouri River In this region, clay constitutes a major part of the Lower Pennsylvanian Cheltenham Formation. The original Cheltenham mud was an argillic residue derived from leaching and dissolution of pre-Pennsylvanian carbonates. The mud accumulated on a karstic erosion surface truncating the pre-Cheltenham rocks. Fireclays of the northern district consist mainly of poorly ordered kaolinite, with variable but minor amounts of illite, chlorite and fine-grained detrital quartz. Clays of the southern district were subjected to extreme leaching that produced well-ordered kaolinite flint clays. Local desilication formed pockets of diaspora, or more commonly, kaolinite, with oolite-like nubs or burls of diaspore ("burley" clay). The phosphate-bearing materials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectral analysis (SEM-EDS) and chemical analysis. Calcian goyazite was identified in a sample of diaspore, and francolite in a sample of flint clay. A veinlet of wavellite occurs in flint clay at one locality, and a veinlet of variscite-strengite at another locality. The Missouri flint-clay-hosted francolite could not have formed in the same manner as marine francolite The evidence suggests that the Cheltenham francolite precipitated from ion complexes in pore water nearly simultaneously with crystallization of kaolinite flint clay from an alumina-silica gel. Calcian goyazite is an early diagenetic addition to its diaspore host. The wavellite and variscite-strengite veinlets are secondary, precipitated from ion complexes in ground water percolating along cracks in the flint clay. The flint clay host of the variscite-strengite veinlet contains strontian crandallite. All of the phosphates contain significant amounts of strontium. The source of P, Ca and Sr was the marine carbonates. Dissolution of these carbonates produced the argillic residue that became the primordial Cheltenham paludal mud, which ultimately altered to fireclay. Preliminary firing tests show that the presence of phosphates lowers fusion temperature. However, it is not clear whether poor refractoriness is due to the presence of phosphates, per se, or to Ca, Sr and other alkaline elements present in the phosphates.

  20. Effects of provenance on clay diagenesis and porosity in upper Wilcox Formation

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    Strickler, M.E.; Ferrell, R.E. Jr.

    1989-03-01

    The provenance of sediments in the lower Eocene upper Wilcox Group in southeastern Louisiana was studied in 16 conventional cores from the Lockhart Crossing field by using optical, x-ray diffraction, and electron microprobe methods. Detrital clays were a mixture of highly illitic degraded micas, degraded chlorites, and minor kaolinite derived from the weathered metamorphic, plutonic, and sedimentary rocks of the region. The abundance of gneissic, granitic, and metasedimentary rock fragments, detrital IIb chlorites, 1M and 2M micas, and the iron, magnesium, and aluminum ratios of chlorites and muscovites also support the provenance interpretation. Clay diagenesis in the southeast Louisiana Wilcox differs from the typical smectite-illite sequence reported from the western Gulf of Mexico. The montmorillonite (derived from volcanics) deposited in the Wilcox of southwestern Texas was very unstable at greater burial depths and temperatures and reacted to form illite. This reaction in turn provided cations for cements and authigenic clays that usually have detrimental effects on permeability. Early carbonate cementation and later dissolution of these cements are the most important events affecting porosity and permeability in the Wilcox of the Lockhart Crossing field. Diagenetic kaolinite, which formed at the expense of feldspars, rock fragments, and detrital clays, has had little effect on permeability unless redistributed. Iron-rich glauconites and chlorites could potentially be detrimental to porosity and permeability during acidization. In general, clay diagenesis has had only minor harmful effects on the porosity and permeabilities of the Wilcox in the eastern Gulf of Mexico basin, and provenance rather than diagenesis has been more important in determining the present clay mineral assemblage.

  1. Chemical reactions of organic compounds on clay surfaces.

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    Soma, Y; Soma, M

    1989-01-01

    Chemical reactions of organic compounds including pesticides at the interlayer and exterior surfaces of clay minerals and with soil organic matter are reviewed. Representative reactions under moderate conditions possibly occurring in natural soils are described. Attempts have been made to clarify the importance of the chemical nature of molecules, their structures and their functional groups, and the Brönsted or Lewis acidity of clay minerals. PMID:2533556

  2. Using Natural Clays and Spent Bleaching Clay as Cheap Adsorbent for the Removal of Phenol in Aqueous Media

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    Bakhtyar K. Aziz; Fuad H. Shareef

    Abstract-- Clay samples of six different locations of Kurdistan region were characterized. Chemical compositions of the clays were found using XRF technique for the clay powders. The mineralogy of the samples by XRD shows that the clay samples are mostly mixed layer type of Chlorite/Smectite composition with different types and quantities of mineral impurities. Specific surface area (SSA) and cation exchange capacity (CEC) for the clay samples were determined by methylene blue adsorption method. Although the de-oiled spent clays have less SSA and CEC compared with their virgin samples, but their adsorption efficiency is 70-80 % higher than their virgin clays due to the increase in the organophilic character of the de-oiled spent clays, while acid activation of the natural clays has no significant effect on the adsorption efficiency. Charcoal, the universal adsorbent, has removed 58 % of 50 ppm phenol solution, while de-oiled spent clays have removed 80-95 % of the phenol concentration. Index Term-- removal of phenol, de-oiling of clay, spent bleaching clay, adsorption efficiency. I.

  3. Natural Radioactivity of Boron Added Clay Samples

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    Akkurt, I.; ?anakci?, H.; Mavi, B.; Güno?lu, K.

    2011-12-01

    Clay, consisting fine-grained minerals, is an interesting materials and can be used in a variety of diferent fields especially in dermatology application. Using clay such a field it is important to measure its natural radioacitivty. Thus the purpose of this study is to measure 226Ra, 232Th and 40K concentration in clay samples enriched with boron. Three different types of clay samples were prepared where boron is used in different rate. The measurements have been determined using a gamma-ray spectrometry consists of a 3?×3? NaI(Tl) detector. From the measured activity the radium equivalent activities (Raeq), external hazard index (Hex), absorbed dose rate in air (D) and annual effective dose (AED) have also been obtained.

  4. Natural Radioactivity of Boron Added Clay Samples

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    Akkurt, I.; Guenoglu, K. [Sueleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Physics, Isparta (Turkey); Canakcii, H. [Gaziantep University, Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Dept., Gaziantep (Turkey); Mavi, B. [Amasya University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Physics, Amasya (Turkey)

    2011-12-26

    Clay, consisting fine-grained minerals, is an interesting materials and can be used in a variety of different fields especially in dermatology application. Using clay such a field it is important to measure its natural radioactivity. Thus the purpose of this study is to measure {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentration in clay samples enriched with boron. Three different types of clay samples were prepared where boron is used in different rate. The measurements have been determined using a gamma-ray spectrometry consists of a 3''x3'' NaI(Tl) detector. From the measured activity the radium equivalent activities (Ra{sub eq}), external hazard index (H{sub ex}), absorbed dose rate in air (D) and annual effective dose (AED) have also been obtained.

  5. Cloud condensation nucleus activity comparison of dry- and wet-generated mineral dust aerosol : the significance of soluble material

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    Garimella, Sarvesh

    2014-01-01

    This study examines the interaction of clay mineral particles and water vapor to determine the conditions required for cloud droplet formation. Droplet formation conditions are investigated for two common clay minerals, ...

  6. Cloud condensation nucleus activity comparison of dry- and wet-generated mineral dust aerosol: the significance of soluble material

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    Garimella, Sarvesh

    This study examines the interaction of clay mineral particles and water vapor for determining the conditions required for cloud droplet formation. Droplet formation conditions are investigated for two common clay minerals, ...

  7. Particle orientation and its influence on the mechanical behaviour of isotropically consolidated reconstituted clay

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    V Sivakumar; I. G Doran; J Graham

    2002-01-01

    The behaviour of naturally occurring geological materials such as clay and sand depends on many factors. For example, stresses, strains, previous stress history, mineralogy and the depositional environment all contribute in some degree to a characteristic that all natural soils share, namely “structure”. The structure of clay, or more generally, the microstructure of microscopically sized clay mineral particles, is just

  8. The role of charcoal on DTA curves of organo-clay complexes: an overview

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    Shmuel Yariv

    2004-01-01

    DTA of organo-clay complexes supplemented by other thermal analysis methods supplies information on the thermal reactions, properties and stability of the complex, the amount and properties of the adsorbed water in the organo-clay and on the bonding between the organic species and the clay. It is used to identify the mineral to differentiate between various complexes composed of the same

  9. Evidence for Smectite Clays from MSL SAM Analyses of Mudstone at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars

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    McAdam, Amy; Franz, Heather; Mahaffy, Paul R.; Eigenbrode, Jennifer L.; Stern, Jennifer C.; Brunner, Anna; Archer, Paul Douglas; Ming, Douglas W.; Morris, Richard V.; Atreya, Sushil K.

    2013-01-01

    Drilled samples of mudstone from the Sheepbed unit at Yellowknife Bay were analyzed by MSL instruments including the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) and Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instruments in MSL's Analytical Laboratory. CheMin analyses revealed the first in situ X-ray diffraction based evidence of clay minerals on Mars, which are likely trioctahedral smectites (e.g., saponite) and comprise approx 20% of the mudstone sample (e.g., Bristow et al., this meeting). SAM analyses, which heated the mudstone samples to 1000 C and monitored volatiles evolved to perform in situ evolved gas analysis mass spectrometry (EGA-MS), resulted in a H2O trace exhibiting a wide evolution at temperatures < 500 C, and an evolution peak at higher temperatures near approx 750 C. The low temperature H2O evolution has many potential contributors, including adsorbed H2O, smectite interlayer H2O, and structural H2O/OH from bassanite and akaganeite (identified by CheMin) and H2O/OH from amorphous phases in the sample. The high temperature H2O is consistent with the evolution of H2O from the dehydroxylation of the smectite clay mineral. Comparison to EGA-MS data collected under SAM-like conditions on a variety of clay mineral reference materials indicate that a trioctahedral smectite, such as saponite, is most consistent with the high temperature H2O evolution observed. There may also be SAM EGA-MS evidence for a small high temperature H2O evolution from scoop samples from the Yellowknife Bay Rocknest sand shadow bedform. As in the mudstone samples, this evolution may indicate the detection of smectite clays, and the idea that minor clays may be present in Rocknest materials that could be expected to be at least partially derived from local sources is reasonable. But, because smectite clays were not definitively observed in CheMin analyses of Rocknest materials, they must be present at much lower abundances than the approx 20% observed in the mudstone samples. This potential detection underscores the complementary nature of the MSL CheMin and SAM instruments for investigations of martian sample mineralogy. Information on the nature of Yellowknife Bay clay minerals may also be available from the detection of H2 evolved during SAM EGA-MS at high temperature. A likely source of at least some of this H2 is H2O evolved from the smectite clays at high temperature, and it is possible these evolutions can be used in a similar fashion to high temperature H2O releases to provide constraints on the clay minerals in a sample. In addition, the D/H of this high temperature H2, as well as the H2O, can be derived from SAM MS and Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) data, respectively. These D/H values may help to inform the provenance of high and low temperature water evolved from martian samples

  10. Remediation of contaminated soils and water with organic chemicals by means of natural, anionic and organic clays

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    Juan Cornejo; Rafael Celis

    Clays and “anionic clays” are layered natural and synthetic compounds, respectively, with very special surface properties.\\u000a Clay minerals are composed of negatively charged aluminosilicate layers whose surface charge is balance by hydrated inorganic\\u000a cations located in the interlayer space. Smectites are a clay mineral group having swelling or expandable structure which\\u000a makes the interlamellar space accessible for cationic or polar

  11. ADSORPTION OF BACTERIOPHAGES ON CLAY MINERALS

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    Theability to predict the fate of microorganisms in soil is dependent on an understanding of the process of their sorption on soil and subsurface materials. Presently, we have focused on studying the thermodynamics of sorption of bacteriophages (T-2, MS-2, and...

  12. Prolonged triboluminescence in clays and other minerals

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

    1982-01-01

    The decay curves of various triboluminescent-excited materials were obtained, including well-crystallized and poorly crystallized kaolin, bentonite, quartz, sodium chloride, and chalk calcite. A qualitative increase in triboluminescence was observed for kaolin dipped in water or tryptophan solution compared to dry kaolin, and for frozen kaolin and montmorillonite pastes. Theoretical explanations for the tryptophan effect are discussed.

  13. Maps showing interpretation, using R-mode factor analysis, of trace-element abundances in heavy-mineral concentrate samples, Delta 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Utah

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    Zimbelman, David R.

    1994-01-01

    A set of heavy-mineral concentrate data for the Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah Conterminous U.S. Mineral Assessment Program (CUSMAP) project was compiled from results of analyses of samples collected during the National Uranium Resource Evaluation Program (SURE), as well as results obtained from samples collected more recently by the USGS. Data results, sampling methods, and analytical methods are provided in Abrogast and others, 1993; 1990; 1988a; 1988b). A similar report, discussing results obtained from stream-sediment samples, is presented in Zimbelman (1993a). The Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah (figure 1) contains a variety of hydrothermal mineral deposit types, including porphyry-, vein-, replacement-, and Carlin-type deposits. These deposit types have been worked for commodities including gold, silver, beryllium, uranium, lead, zinc, copper, manganese, and cadmium (Lindsey, 1977; Morris and Mogensen, 1978; Zimbelman and others, 1990; Zimbelman and others, 1988). Heavy-mineral concentrate and stream-sediment samples derived from these hydrothermally altered rocks typically contain many geochemical anomalies (for example, see Zimbelman 1993b, c, d). Element associations characterizing lithology and hydrothermal mineral deposits can be distinguished using R-mode factor analysis. This tool often is useful in reconnaissance-scale surveys where sample anomalies are often weak. and single-element distributions may not help to delineate targets. R-mode factors analysis can help identify geologic trends and areas most likely to contain the mineral deposits. R-mode factor analysis was performed on a data set of results of analyses for 19 elements in 643 samples and produced a six-factor model. These six factors represent the geochemical contributions to the data set provided by lithologic and mineralization processes, The distribution of samples that contain high scores for mineralization-related factors is widespread in the Delta quadrangle. These sample sites are though to relate to both known prospect and mineralization areas, as well as define new areas that are geochemically favorable to contain altered or mineralized rocks.

  14. Sediment management and renewability of floodplain clay for structural ceramics

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    van der Meulen, M. J.; Wiersma, A. P.; Middelkoop, H.; van der Perk, M.; Bakker, M.; Maljers, D.; Hobo, N.; Makaske, B.

    2009-04-01

    The Netherlands have vast resources of clay that are exploited for the fabrication of structural ceramic products such as bricks and roof tiles. The extraction of clay creates land surface lowerings of about 1.5 m, of which the majority are located in the embanked floodplains of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. At these surface lowerings, clay is replenished within several decades. This study explores to which extent the clay can be regarded as a renewable resource, with potential for sustainable use. For this purpose, first the current and past clay consumption is calculated. Subsequently, clay deposition in the floodplains is estimated from literature data on clay accumulation using sediment traps, heavy metal and radionuclide distribution in soil profiles, and from morphological modelling studies. These estimates of clay-deposition and consumption are then compared following three approaches that consider various temporal and spatial scales of clay deposition. This allows us to establish the extent to which man determines sedimentary processes in the Dutch floodplains. Consequently, using the sediment response to the land surface lowering resulting from clay extraction, we explore sediment management options for the Dutch Rhine and Meuse. Altogether we argue that clay has been, probably is, and certainly can be managed as a renewable mineral resource.

  15. The distribution of secondary mineral phases along an eroding hillslope and its effect on carbon stabilization mechanisms and the fate of soil carbon fractions

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    Doetterl, Sebastian; Cornelis, Jean-Thomas; Opfergelt, Sophie; Boeckx, Pascal; Bodé, Samuel; Six, Johan; Van Oost, Kristof

    2014-05-01

    Soil redistribution processes can change soil carbon (C) dynamics drastically by moving carbon from high decomposition and re-sequestration environments at the eroding hillslope to low decomposition and burial at the depositional footslope and valley basin. This leads to not only spatially diverse soil carbon storage throughout the landscape, but also to qualitative changes of the transported carbon and the mineral phase. The interaction between those parameters and the effect on stabilization mechanisms for soil C are still a matter of debate. Here, we present an analysis that aims to clarify the bio/geo-chemical and mineralogical components involved in stabilizing C at various depths along an eroding cropped slope and how this affects the abundance of microbial derived carbon. We use the results of an incubation experiment combined with the abundance of amino sugars in different isolated soil C fractions as a tracer for the stability of the respective fraction. We applied further (i) a sequential extraction of the reactive soil phase using pyrophosphate, oxalate and dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate, and (ii) a qualitative analysis of the clay mineralogy, to analyze the changes in the mineral phase for the different isolated fractions along the slope transect. Our results emphasize the importance of physical protection within microaggregates to stabilize buried, chemically labile C. Our data further indicates that the stability of these aggregates is related to the presence of organo-mineral associations and poorly crystalline minerals. However, decreasing contents of these minerals with depth indicate a temporal limitation of this stabilization mechanism. Non-expandable clay minerals experience a relative enrichment at the depositional site while expandable clay minerals experience the same at the eroding site. These changes in clay mineralogy along the slope are partly responsible for the abundance of silt and clay associated C and the effectiveness of the clay fractions to stabilize C. In summary, our data clearly show that a variety of stabilization mechanisms together with changes in the organic and the mineral phase of soils need to be considered to understand this highly dynamic environment.

  16. Clays causing adhesion with tool surfaces during mechanical tunnel driving

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    Spagnoli, G.; Fernández-Steeger, T.; Stanjek, H.; Feinendegen, M.; Post, C.; Azzam, R.

    2009-04-01

    During mechanical excavation with a tunnel boring machine (TBM) it is possible that clays stick to the cutting wheel and to other metal parts. The resulting delays in the progress of construction work, cause great economic damage and often disputes between the public awarding authorities and executing companies. One of the most important factors to reduce successfully the clay adhesion is the use of special polymers and foams. But why does the clay stick to the metal parts? A first step is to recognize which kind of clay mineralogy shows serious adhesion problems. The mechanical properties of clay and clay suspensions are primarily determined by surface chemistry and charge distribution at the interfaces, which in turn affect the arrangement of the clay structure. As we know, clay is a multi-phase material and its behaviour depends on numerous parameters such as: clay mineralogy, clay fraction, silt fraction, sand fraction, water content, water saturation, Atterberg limits, sticky limit, activity, cation exchange capacity, degree of consolidation and stress state. It is therefore likely that adhesion of clay on steel is also affected by these clay parameters. Samples of clay formations, which caused problems during tunnel driving, will be analyzed in laboratory. Mineralogical analyses (diffractometry, etc.) will be carried out to observe which minerals are responsible for adherence problems. To manipulate the physical properties, batch tests will be carried out in order to eliminate or reduce the adhesion on tool surfaces through variation of the zeta potential. Second step is the performance of vane shear tests on clay samples. Different pore fluid (distilled water, pure NaCl solution, ethanol and methanol) will be used to study the variation of the mechanical behaviour of clay depending on the dielectric constant of the fluids. This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the DFG (German Research Foundation) in the frame of the programme GEOTECHNOLOGIEN.

  17. Relationship between the physical and mineralogical properties of two clays and their bloating characteristics

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    Abbott, Ute Agnes

    1973-01-01

    RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL AND MINERALOGICAL PROPERTIES OF TWO CLAYS AND THEIR BLOATING CHARACTERISTICS A Thesis by Ute Agnes Abbott Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas AFM University in partial fulfillment of the requirement... pyroplastic mass in the same temperature 1-10 range that a gas is evolved. The clay used in the production of lightweight aggregate is a mixture of clay minerals and acces- sory minerals. Liquid formation will be controlled by the lowest melting...

  18. Mineral Commodities

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    Dexter Perkins

    This exercise introduces mineral commodities (elements). Students consider the elements aluminum, iron, copper, nickel, zinc, uranium, lead, gold, mercury and tin and match them with their definintions in a table. Then they use minable grade (minable weight percent) and normal crustal abundance (crustal weight percent) to calculate the concentration factor for several commodities to determine their economic minability. Students then graph their calculations and explain their trend.

  19. Iodide Sorption to Clays and the Relationship to Surface Charge and Clay Texture - 12356

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    Miller, Andrew; Kruichiak, Jessica; Tellez, Hernesto; Wang, Yifeng [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    Iodine is assumed to behave conservatively in clay barriers around nuclear waste repositories and in natural sediments. Batch experiments tend to show little to no sorption, while in column experiments iodine is often retarded relative to tritiated water. Current surface complexation theory cannot account for negatively charged ion sorption to a negatively charged clay particle. Surface protonation and iodide sorption to clay minerals were examined using surface titrations and batch sorption experiments with a suite of clay minerals. Surface titrations were completed spanning a range of both pH values and ionic strengths. For reference, similar titrations were performed on pure forms of an Al-O powder. The titration curves were deconvoluted to attain the pKa distribution for each material at each ionic strength. The pKa distribution for the Al-O shows two distinct peaks at 4.8 and 7.5, which are invariant with ionic strength. The pKa distribution of clays was highly variable between the different minerals and as a function of ionic strength. Iodide sorption experiments were completed at high solid:solution ratios to exacerbate sorption properties. Palygorskite and kaolinite had the highest amount of iodide sorption and montmorillonite had the least. (authors)

  20. Clays in prebiological chemistry

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    Rao, M.; Oro, J.; Odom, D. G.

    1980-01-01

    The ways in which clays have been utilized in studies of prebiological chemistry are reviewed, and an assessment is given of the possible role of clays in prebiological systems. The adsorption of organic molecules on clays has been demonstrated, as has the synthesis of bioorganic monomers in the presence of clays. For instance, amino acids, purines and pyrimidines have been obtained from carbon monoxide and nitric acid in the presence of clays at relatively high temperatures (250-325 C). The oligomerization of biochemical monomers, mediated by clays, has also been shown to result in the formation of polymer molecules basic to life. Clays have also been found to affect the condensation of mononucleotides to oligonucleotides.

  1. Types, abundances and distribution of kimberlite indicator minerals in alluvial sediments, Wawa–Kinniwabi Lake area, Northeastern Ontario: implications for the presence of diamond-bearing kimberlite

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    T. F Morris; D Crabtree; R. P Sage; S. A Averill

    1998-01-01

    In response to the discovery of diamonds within modern alluvium in the glaciated area of Wawa, Ontario, Canada, the Ontario Geological Survey undertook a regional program of surficial mapping and modern alluvial sediment sampling to assess the potential of the area for diamond-bearing kimberlite. Five varieties of kimberlite-derived indicator minerals were recovered and the composition of three varieties was evaluated,

  2. Soil clay content underlies prion infection odds

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    David Walter, W.; Walsh, Daniel P.; Farnsworth, Matthew L.; Winkelman, Dana L.; Miller, Michael W.

    2011-01-01

    Environmental factors—especially soil properties—have been suggested as potentially important in the transmission of infectious prion diseases. Because binding to montmorillonite (an aluminosilicate clay mineral) or clay-enriched soils had been shown to enhance experimental prion transmissibility, we hypothesized that prion transmission among mule deer might also be enhanced in ranges with relatively high soil clay content. In this study, we report apparent influences of soil clay content on the odds of prion infection in free-ranging deer. Analysis of data from prion-infected deer herds in northern Colorado, USA, revealed that a 1% increase in the clay-sized particle content in soils within the approximate home range of an individual deer increased its odds of infection by up to 8.9%. Our findings suggest that soil clay content and related environmental properties deserve greater attention in assessing risks of prion disease outbreaks and prospects for their control in both natural and production settings. PMID:21326232

  3. Soil clay content underlies prion infection odds

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    David, Walter W.; Walsh, D.P.; Farnsworth, Matthew L.; Winkelman, D.L.; Miller, M.W.

    2011-01-01

    Environmental factors-especially soil properties-have been suggested as potentially important in the transmission of infectious prion diseases. Because binding to montmorillonite (an aluminosilicate clay mineral) or clay-enriched soils had been shown to enhance experimental prion transmissibility, we hypothesized that prion transmission among mule deer might also be enhanced in ranges with relatively high soil clay content. In this study, we report apparent influences of soil clay content on the odds of prion infection in free-ranging deer. Analysis of data from prion-infected deer herds in northern Colorado, USA, revealed that a 1% increase in the clay-sized particle content in soils within the approximate home range of an individual deer increased its odds of infection by up to 8.9%. Our findings suggest that soil clay content and related environmental properties deserve greater attention in assessing risks of prion disease outbreaks and prospects for their control in both natural and production settings. ?? 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  4. What makes a natural clay antibacterial?

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    Williams, Lynda B; Metge, David W; Eberl, Dennis D; Harvey, Ronald W; Turner, Amanda G; Prapaipong, Panjai; Poret-Peterson, Amisha T

    2011-04-15

    Natural clays have been used in ancient and modern medicine, but the mechanism(s) that make certain clays lethal against bacterial pathogens has not been identified. We have compared the depositional environments, mineralogies, and chemistries of clays that exhibit antibacterial effects on a broad spectrum of human pathogens including antibiotic resistant strains. Natural antibacterial clays contain nanoscale (<200 nm), illite-smectite and reduced iron phases. The role of clay minerals in the bactericidal process is to buffer the aqueous pH and oxidation state to conditions that promote Fe(2+) solubility. Chemical analyses of E. coli killed by aqueous leachates of an antibacterial clay show that intracellular concentrations of Fe and P are elevated relative to controls. Phosphorus uptake by the cells supports a regulatory role of polyphosphate or phospholipids in controlling Fe(2+). Fenton reaction products can degrade critical cell components, but we deduce that extracellular processes do not cause cell death. Rather, Fe(2+) overwhelms outer membrane regulatory proteins and is oxidized when it enters the cell, precipitating Fe(3+) and producing lethal hydroxyl radicals. PMID:21413758

  5. Spectral variability of plagioclase-mafic mixtures (2): Investigation of the optical constant and retrieved mineral abundance dependence on particle size distribution

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    Carli, C.; Ciarniello, M.; Capaccioni, F.; Serventi, G.; Sgavetti, M.

    2014-06-01

    Remote sensing data reveal the presence of several igneous-rock forming silicates on the surfaces of various Solar System bodies. Mafic (Mg-Fe silicates) materials were clearly recognized in the past on Mars, Moon, Vesta, and recently the weak absorption of plagioclase has been detected on the lunar highland. The advance in the detection of these important mineral phases encourages the improvement in our capability to quantify the contribution of single end-members in mixed materials.

  6. Geochemical modulation of pesticide sorption on smectite clay.

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    Li, Hui; Teppen, Brian J; Laird, David A; Johnston, Cliff T; Boyd, Stephen A

    2004-10-15

    Pesticide adsorption by soil clays can be dramatically influenced by the exchangeable cations present. Among the common exchangeable base cations in soils (Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, and Na+), K+-saturated clays frequently demonstrate the strongest affinity for pesticides. In the presence of multiple exchangeable cations in the system, we hypothesize that the magnitude of pesticide sorption to soil minerals is proportional to the fraction of clay interlayers saturated with K+ ions. To test this hypothesis, we measured sorption of three pesticides with different polarities (dichlobenil, monuron, and biphenyl) by homoionic K- and Ca-smectite (SWy-2) in KCl/CaCl2 aqueous solutions. The presence of different amounts of KCl and CaCl2 resulted in varying populations of K+ and Ca2+ on the clay exchange sites. The sorption of dichlobenil and, to a lesser extent monuron, increased with the fraction of K+ on clay mineral exchange sites. Ca- and K-SWy-2 displayed the same sorption capacities for nonpolar biphenyl. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that at lower fractions of K+-saturation, exchangeable K+ ions were randomly distributed in clay interlayers and did not enhance pesticide sorption. At higher populations of K+ (vs Ca2+), demixing occurred causing some clay interlayers, regions, or tactoids to become fully saturated by K+, manifesting greatly enhanced pesticide sorption. The forward and reverse cation exchange reactions influenced not only K+ and Ca2+ populations on clays but also the nanostructures of clay quasicrystals in aqueous solution which plays an important, if not dominant, role in controlling the extent of pesticide sorption. Modulating the cation type and composition on clay mineral surfaces through cation exchange processes provides an environmental-safe protocol to manipulate the mobility and availability of polar pesticides, which could have applications for pesticide formulation and in environmental remediation. PMID:15543742

  7. Modified clay sorbents

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    Fogler, H. Scott (Ann Arbor, MI); Srinivasan, Keeran R. (Livonia, MI)

    1990-01-01

    A novel modified clay sorbent and method of treating industrial effluents to remove trace pollutants, such as dioxins, biphenyls, and polyaromatics such as benzo(a)pyrene and pentachlorophenol. The novel clay sorbent has a composite structure in which the interlayer space of an expandable clay, such as smectite, is filled with polyvalent or multivalent inorganic cations which forces weaker surfactant cations to locate on the surface of the clay in such an orientation that the resulting composite is hydrophilic in nature. A specific example is cetylpyridinium-hydroxy aluminum-montmorillonite. In certain embodiments, a non-expanding clay, such as kaolinite, is used and surfactant cations are necessarily located on an external surface of the clay. A specific example is cetylpyridinium-kaolinite.

  8. The influence of authigenic clay formation on the mineralogy and stable isotopic record of lacustrine carbonates

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    Bristow, Thomas F.; Kennedy, Martin J.; Morrison, Keith D.; Mrofka, David D.

    2012-08-01

    The mineralogical, compositional and stable isotopic variability of lacustrine carbonates are frequently used as proxies for ancient paleoenvironmental change in continental settings, under the assumption that precipitated carbonates reflect conditions and chemistry of ancient lake waters. In some saline and alkaline lake systems, however, authigenic clay minerals, forming at or near the sediment water interface, are a major sedimentary component. Often these clays are rich in Mg, influencing the geochemical budget of lake waters, and are therefore expected to influence the properties of contemporaneous authigenic carbonate precipitates (which may also contain Mg). This paper documents evidence for a systematic feedback between clay mineral and carbonate authigenesis through multiple precessionally driven, m-scale sedimentary cycles in lacustrine oil-shale deposits of the Eocene Green River Formation from the Uinta Basin (NE Utah). In the studied section, authigenic, Mg-rich, trioctahedral smectite content varies cyclically between 9 and 39 wt.%. The highest concentrations occur in oil-shales and calcareous mudstones deposited during high lake level intervals that favored sedimentary condensation, lengthening the time available for clay diagenesis and reducing dilution by other siliciclastic phases. An inverse relation between dolomite percentage of carbonate and trioctahedral smectite abundance suggests the Mg uptake during clay authigenesis provides a first order control on carbonate mineralogy that better explains carbonate mineralogical trends than the possible alternative controls of (1) variable Mg/Ca ratios in lake water and (2) degree of microbial activity in sediments. We also observe that cyclical change in carbonate mineralogy, believed to be induced by clay authigenesis, also causes isotopic covariation between ?13CPDB and ?18OPDB of bulk sediments because of differences in the equilibrium fractionation factors of dolomite and calcite (˜2‰ and ˜2.6%, respectively). This provides an alternative mechanism for the common pattern of isotopic covariation, which is typically attributed to the effect of simultaneous changes in water balance and biological activity on the carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of lake waters. These findings may help improve paleoenvironmental reconstructions based on lacustrine carbonate records by adding to the factors known to influence the mineralogical, compositional and stable isotopic signals recorded by lacustrine carbonates.

  9. Application of Hyperspectral Methods in Hydrothermal Mineral System Studies

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    Laukamp, Carsten; Cudahy, Thomas; Gessner, Klaus; Haest, Maarten; Cacetta, Mike; Rodger, Andrew; Jones, Mal; Thomas, Matilda

    2010-05-01

    Hyperspectral infrared reflectance spectra are used to identify abundances and compositional differences of mineral groups and single mineral phases. 3D mineral maps are derived from surface (airborne and satellite sensed) and sub-surface (drill core) mineralogical data and integrated with geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets, enabling a quantitative mineral systems analysis. The Western Australian Centre of Excellence for 3D Mineral Mapping is working on a variety of mineral deposits to showcase the emerging applications of hyperspectral techniques in mineral system studies. Applied remote sensing technologies comprise hyperspectral airborne surveys (HyMap) covering 126 bands in the visible and shortwave infrared, as well as satellite-based multispectral surveys (ASTER) featuring 14 bands from the visible to thermal infrared. Drill cores were scanned with CSIRO's HyLoggingTM systems, which allow a fast acquisition of mineralogical data in cm-spacing and thereby providing statistically significant datasets. Building on procedures developed for public Australian geosurvey data releases for north Queensland, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie (http://c3dmm.csiro.au), the ultimate goal is to develop sensor-independent scalars based on the position, depth and shape of selected absorption features in the visible-near (VNIR), shortwave (SWIR) and thermal infrared (TIR), which can be applied to a wide range of mineral deposit types. In the Rocklea Dome Channel Iron Ore deposits of the Pilbara (Western Australia) for example, hyperspectral drill core data were processed into 3D mineral maps to delineate major ore zones by identifying various ore types and possible contaminants. Vitreous (silica-rich) iron ore was successfully separated from ochreous goethitic ore, with both of them requiring different metallurgical processing. The silicified vitreous iron ore as well as outlined carbonate-rich zones are presumably related to overprinting groundwater effects. The hyperspectral mineral mapping of contaminating, carbonate- or clay-rich zones helped to better constrain the ore zones and the genesis of the mineral system. Airborne hyperspectral data covering about 2500 km2 were obtained from the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia), which is highly prospective for Archean Au as well as komatiite associated Fe-Ni sulphide mineralisation. In this project hyperspectral airborne data allowed not only the remote mapping of mafic and ultramafic rocks, which are among the main host rocks for Archean Au deposits in the study area, but also the remote mapping of hydrothermal alteration patterns and various geochemical signatures related to the structurally controlled Au mineralisation down to a 4.5 m pixel size. We can reconstruct fluid pathways and their intersections with steep physicochemical gradients, where Au deposition presumably took place, by combining hyperspectral remote sensing with hyperspectral drill core data in 3D mineral maps. White mica mineral maps as well as mineral maps based on the abundance and composition of MgOH and FeOH bearing silicates are the main products for a semi-quantitative assessment of the key alteration minerals in this project. In the southern Selwyn Range, Mount Isa Inlier, Queensland, hyperspectral mineral maps, such as "ferric oxide abundance", "white mica abundance" and "white mica composition", were integrated with geophysical datasets (total magnetic intensity, ternary radiometric imagery). The integration of the datasets enabled us to construct a comprehensive fluid flow model contributing to our understanding of iron-oxide Cu-Au deposits in this region, identifying the source, pathway and depositional sites, which are in good accordance with known deposits. 3D mineral maps derived from hyperspectral methods can distinctly improve our understanding of mineral systems. The advantages of hyperspectral techniques over conventional exploration methods include: (1) the fast and cost efficient acquisition of both surface and sub-surface mi

  10. Adsorption of nucleotides onto Fe-Mg-Al rich swelling clays

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    Feuillie, Cécile; Daniel, Isabelle; Michot, Laurent J.; Pedreira-Segade, Ulysse

    2013-11-01

    Mineral surfaces may have played a role in the origin of the first biopolymers, by concentrating organic monomers from a dilute ocean. Swelling clays provide a high surface area for the concentration of prebiotic monomers, and have therefore been the subject of numerous investigations. In that context, montmorillonite, the most abundant swelling clay in modern environments, has been extensively studied with regard to adsorption and polymerization of nucleic acids. However, montmorillonite was probably rather marginal on the primitive ocean floor compared to iron-magnesium rich phyllosilicates such as nontronite that results from the hydrothermal alteration of a mafic or ultramafic oceanic crust. In the present paper, we study the adsorption of nucleotides on montmorillonite and nontronite, at various pH and ionic strength conditions plausible for Archean sea-water. A thorough characterization of the mineral surfaces shows that nucleotide adsorb mainly on the edge faces of the smectites by ligand exchange between the phosphate groups of the nucleotides and the -OH groups from the edge sites over a wide pH range (4-10). Nontronite is more reactive than montmorillonite. At low pH, additional ion exchange may play a role as the nucleotides become positively charged.

  11. Mineralogical and geochemical signatures of clays associated with rhyodacites in the Nefza area (northern Tunisia)

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    Sghaier, D.; Chaabani, F.; Proust, D.; Vieillard, Ph.

    2014-12-01

    The geology of northern Tunisia is marked by magmatic extrusion that occurred during the Middle Miocene (Langhian-Lower Tortonian), which led to the outcrops of rhyodacites in the Nefza-Tabarka region. This event is contemporaneous with the Alpine compressional phase, which is well-characterised in the western Mediterranean area, where intense fracturing and hydrothermalism occurred with evidence of metallogenic consequences. In this paper, a detailed study is presented on the acid volcanic rocks that outcrop at the core of the Oued Belif structure in the Nefza area of northern Tunisia. The results indicate that these series have undergone various transformations subsequent to their extrusion. These alterations include ferrugination, silicification, argilitisation and devitrification of volcanic glass. Petrographic observations demonstrated that the primary minerals, particularly feldspars, biotite and mesostasis glass, were affected by hydrothermal and meteoric weathering. The mineralogical study of the neogenic products revealed a nearly monomineral smectitic phase with relatively low levels of added illite and/or kaolinite. These neoformed smectites were classified as ferroan beidellites-nontronite based on thermal and crystallochemical analyses. Chemical analysis of the major elements, trace elements and rare Earth elements (REEs) show the presence of Al, Fe and K and an enrichment of REE in the clay fraction with a greater fractionation of light rare Earth elements (LREEs) compared with that of heavy rare Earth elements (HREEs). The abundance of these elements is attributed to their mobility during chemical weathering of acidic lavas and their adsorption by clay minerals.

  12. 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, Carl; White, A.F.; Stonestrom, D.A.

    2009-01-01

    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 A. F., Schulz M. S., Vivit D. V., Blum A., Stonestrom D. A. and Anderson S. P. (2008) Chemical weathering of a Marine Terrace Chronosequence, Santa Cruz, California. I: interpreting the long-term controls on chemical weathering based on spatial and temporal element and mineral distributions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 72 (1), 36-68] 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 Tisserand [Hellmann R. and Tisserand D. (2006) Dissolution kinetics as a function of the Gibbs free energy of reaction: An experimental study based on albite feldspar. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 70 (2), 364-383] or the aluminum inhibition model proposed by Oelkers et al. [Oelkers E. H., Schott J. and Devidal J. L. (1994) The effect of aluminum, pH, and chemical affinity on the rates of aluminosilicate dissolution reactions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 58 (9), 2011-2024], 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. Additionally, 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, SiO2(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. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  13. 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, Kate; Steefel, Carl I.; White, Art F.; Stonestrom, Dave A.

    2009-05-01

    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 A. F., Schulz M. S., Vivit D. V., Blum A., Stonestrom D. A. and Anderson S. P. (2008) Chemical weathering of a Marine Terrace Chronosequence, Santa Cruz, California. I: interpreting the long-term controls on chemical weathering based on spatial and temporal element and mineral distributions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta72 (1), 36-68] 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 Tisserand [Hellmann R. and Tisserand D. (2006) Dissolution kinetics as a function of the Gibbs free energy of reaction: An experimental study based on albite feldspar. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta70 (2), 364-383] or the aluminum inhibition model proposed by Oelkers et al. [Oelkers E. H., Schott J. and Devidal J. L. (1994) The effect of aluminum, pH, and chemical affinity on the rates of aluminosilicate dissolution reactions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta58 (9), 2011-2024], 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. Additionally, 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 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.

  14. Effects of shock metamorphism on clay mineralogy: Implications for remote sensing of martian clays

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    Michalski, J. R.; Glotch, T. D.; Friedlander, L.; Bish, D. L.; Sharp, T. G.; Dyar, M. D.

    2012-12-01

    One of the most important discoveries in recent exploration of Mars has been the detection of clay minerals within materials exhumed by meteor impact, which point to ancient subsurface alteration and possible habitable conditions at depth. These "crustal clays" occur within central peaks, ejecta, and uplifted rims of many large craters (Ehlmann et al., Nature 2011). The geologic context of phyllosilicates in these settings suggests that most of these deposits represent clays that formed in the subsurface and were later exhumed by impact, rather than clays that formed as a consequence of impact. Therefore, crustal clays exposed at the surface are likely to have experienced some effects of shock metamorphism and/or thermal alteration related to meteor impact. We are investigating the effects of shock metamorphism on the mineralogy of phyllosilicates in the laboratory. Purified, size-separated clay mineral samples were pressed into pellets to decrease internal porosity and were subsequently shocked using the Flat Plate Accelerator at NASA Johnson Space Center. Five minerals (nontronite, saponite, serpentine, chlorite, and kaolinite) were shocked to six pressure steps (10, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 GPa). The recovered, shocked samples are being analyzed by thermal infrared emission, visible/near-infrared reflectance, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mossbauer spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results thus far suggest that shock metamorphism has little effect on the structure or infrared signature of the clay minerals at pressures <20 GPa. One exception is the decrease in 3-D ordering in chlorite at 10 GPa, which steadily decreases until it is essentially lost at 30 GPa. At shock pressures of 20 GPa and higher, all minerals show evidence for broadening of the basal 001 reflection, indicative of progressive decrease in crystallite size. Above 30 GPa, the structures are intensely altered and by 40 GPa, most structural order is lost, based on both XRD and TEM data. Near-infrared and thermal emission spectroscopy results are consistent with these observations. The spectral structure in thermal emission data attributable to Si-O stretching, Si-O bending, and Si-O-(Fe,Mg) deformations is greatly decreased at 20 GPa and nearly lost by 40 GPa. Spectral contrast of the (Fe,Mg)-OH absorption located near 2.29 ?m in near-infrared reflectance data of ferruginous clay is greatly decreased upon initial shock. At 40 GPa, this feature has lost all internal spectral structure, though a broad absorption in the same region is retained. Lastly, Mossbauer spectroscopy indicates that clays containing ferrous iron are progressively oxidized as a function of shock pressure. In the case of a meteor impact, intense shock pressures are highly localized phenomena although low shock pressures might affect a large fraction of target materials (French, 1998). Our results suggest that relatively low shock pressures (<20GPa) should not strongly alter the interpretation of clay mineralogy from the infrared perspective. Therefore first-order interpretations of the mineralogy of crustal clays exhumed by meteor impact on Mars from infrared data are likely valid. However, we expect to identify localized regions of clay minerals shocked to higher pressures on the martian surface in future work using these data.

  15. The Science of Clay

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    Warwick, Sharon

    2005-01-01

    Students' natural curiosity provides a rich opportunity for teachers to make meaningful scientific connections between art and ceramics that will enhance the understanding of both natural forces and scientific aspects at work in the creation of clay artworks. This article discusses the scientific areas of study related to clay, which include…

  16. Clay Portrait Boxes

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    Wilbert, Nancy Corrigan

    2009-01-01

    In an attempt to incorporate sculptural elements into her ceramics program, the author decided to try direct plaster casting of the face to make a plaster mold for clay. In this article, the author shares an innovative ceramics lesson that teaches students in making plaster casts and casting the face in clay. This project gives students the…

  17. Finicky clay divers

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    Sean M. Cordry

    1998-01-01

    Clay spheres dropped into a dilute vinegar\\/baking-soda solution accumulate CO2 bubbles on their surfaces. Spheres below a certain size will then float, otherwise they remain sunken. Students must determine the maximum size that will float by considering the net density of the clay\\/bubble system.

  18. Finicky clay divers

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    Cordry, Sean M.

    1998-02-01

    Clay spheres dropped into a dilute vinegar/baking-soda solution accumulate CO2 bubbles on their surfaces. Spheres below a certain size will then float, otherwise they remain sunken. Students must determine the maximum size that will float by considering the net density of the clay/bubble system.

  19. External Resource: Clay Planets

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    1900-01-01

    In this activity, learners/students use given amounts of clay to create models of the solar system. Learners/students use clay to represent different planets and other objects in the solar system (asteroids, moons, etc.). The learners/students can use as

  20. The Use of Clays as Sorbents and Catalysts

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    M. Caine; G. Dyer; J. V. Holder; B. N. Osborne; W. A. Matear; R. W. McCabe; D. Mobbs; S. Richardson; L. Wang

    \\u000a This paper attempts to show how the structural, physical and chemical properties of clay minerals relate to their laboratory,\\u000a industrial and environmental uses as sorbents and catalysts. A brief review of the formulae, structures of clays and their\\u000a relationship to their chemical and physical properties is given. Isomorphous substitution of layer cations generates layer\\u000a charges, which are neutralised by the

  1. Comparison of abundances of chemical elements in mineralized and unmineralized sandstone of the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation, Smith Lake District, Grants uranium region, New Mexico

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    Pierson, C.T.; Spirakis, C.S.; Robertson, J.F.

    1983-01-01

    Statistical treatment of analytical data from the Mariano Lake and Ruby uranium deposits in the Smith Lake district, New Mexico, indicates that organic carbon, arsenic, barium, calcium, cobalt, copper, gallium, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, strontium, sulfur, vanadium, yttrium, and zirconium are concentrated along with uranium in primary ore. Comparison of the Smith Lake data with information from other primary deposits in the Grants uranium region and elsewhere in the Morrison Formation of the Colorado Plateau suggests that these elements, with the possible exceptions of zirconium and gallium and with the probable addition of aluminum and magnesium, are typically associated with primary, tabular uranium deposits. Chemical differences between the Ruby and Mariano Lake deposits are consistent with the interpretation that the Ruby deposit has been more affected by post-mineralization oxidizing solutions than has the Mariano Lake deposit.

  2. Biodegradation of crude oil saturated fraction supported on clays.

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    Ugochukwu, Uzochukwu C; Jones, Martin D; Head, Ian M; Manning, David A C; Fialips, Claire I

    2014-02-01

    The role of clay minerals in crude oil saturated hydrocarbon removal during biodegradation was investigated in aqueous clay/saturated hydrocarbon microcosm experiments with a hydrocarbon degrading microorganism community. The clay minerals used for this study were montmorillonite, palygorskite, saponite and kaolinite. The clay mineral samples were treated with hydrochloric acid and didecyldimethylammonium bromide to produce acid activated- and organoclays respectively which were used in this study. The production of organoclay was restricted to only montmorillonite and saponite because of their relative high CEC. The study indicated that acid activated clays, organoclays and unmodified kaolinite, were inhibitory to biodegradation of the hydrocarbon saturates. Unmodified saponite was neutral to biodegradation of the hydrocarbon saturates. However, unmodified palygorskite and montmorillonite were stimulatory to biodegradation of the hydrocarbon saturated fraction and appears to do so as a result of the clays' ability to provide high surface area for the accumulation of microbes and nutrients such that the nutrients were within the 'vicinity' of the microbes. Adsorption of the saturated hydrocarbons was not significant during biodegradation. PMID:23670057

  3. Field trip guidebook on environmental impact of clays along the upper Texas coast

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    Garcia, Theron D.; Ming, Douglas W.; Tuck, Lisa Kay

    1991-01-01

    The field trip was prepared to provide an opportunity to see first hand some the environmental hazards associated with clays in the Houston, Texas area. Because of the very high clay content in area soils and underlying Beaumont Formation clay, Houston is a fitting location to host the Clay Mineral Society. Examinations were made of (1) expansive soils, (2) subsidence and surface faulting, and (3) a landfill located southeast of Houston at the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority where clay is part of the liner material.

  4. NONINVASIVE COMPLEX RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENTS OF CLAY ORGANIC PROCESSES TO MAP ORGANIC CONTAMINATION AND DEGRADATION OF CLAY BARRIERS F49620-95-1-0350

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    Gary R. Olhoeft

    One of the most difficult problems in environmental remediation is location of subsurface organic contaminants (3). Most common organic contaminants are known to react with clay minerals (1, 3). However, while many clay-organic reaction processes are known, only a few have been the subject of detailed studies (1, 4). More problematical, some of these reactions alter the physical properties of

  5. Types of Occurrence of Nontronite and Nontronite-like Minerals in Soils l

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    G. Donald Sherman; Haruyoshi Ikawa; Goro Uehara; Ernest Okazaki

    weathering and, because of that, they occur in different mineral associations of primary minerals, other 2: 1 clays, kaolin, iron oxides, and bauxite. The purpose of this report is to describe the mode of the occurrence of these clays, the climatic environment, the weathering stage and mineral association

  6. Composition and geochemistry of clay sediments offshore the northeastern Sicilian coast (Southeastern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy)

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    Saccà, Carmelo; Saccà, Domenica; Nucera, Preziosa; De Fazio, Anna

    2011-05-01

    Grain-size, mineralogical and chemical analyses were carried out on fine fraction of sediments collected in the Gulfs of Patti and Milazzo, two borderland basins in the Southern Tyrrhenian extending offshore the northeastern Sicilian coast. Results of granulometric analyses on size fractions smaller than 63 ?m showed that the investigated samples can be classified mainly as clayey silts. The coarse fractions (>63 ?m), examined by optical microscopy, consist of a terrigenous component, representing in some samples about 98-99% of the total sediment, and by a biogenic component. This latter is mainly made up of benthic Foraminifera. The mineralogical composition of the fine fraction, determined by X-Ray diffractometry, is represented by muscovite, quartz, clay minerals, carbonates (calcite) and, in some samples, by calcium and sodium-rich plagioclases. The method of saturation with K and Mg, followed by ethylene glycol solvation and heating, are used for a qualitative determination of the clay minerals. Clay mineralogical composition is characterized by the dominance of clinochlore and illite, with minor amounts of smectite (especially montmorillonite) and vermiculite. The chemical data reflect the main mineralogical composition showing a uniform quantitative composition, with high Al 2O 3 and SiO 2 values and very few variations in the relative abundance of the other components. The Cr/Th, Th/Sc, Th/Co and La/Sc ratios suggest a felsic nature of the source rocks. Finally the geochemical parameters such as V/Cr, U/Th, Ni/Co and Cu/Zn ratios indicate that examined sediments were deposited under oxic environments.

  7. Weathering of olivine and pyroxene on Mars: Evidence from missions, meteorites, and terrestrial mineral analogs

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    Velbel, M. A.

    2010-12-01

    Mineral-water interactions modify primary minerals, produce new minerals as alteration products, and modify the solute loads of the solutions. Except for situations in which the solutions still coexist with reactant and product minerals, properties of the solutions (e.g., the abundances of various solutes; the duration of their contact with the minerals) must be inferred from the mineral assemblages left behind. Abundant literature exists on identifying and interpreting the paleoenvironmental significance of mineral products of such reactions on Mars (e.g., clay minerals and other phyllosilicates; sulfates; carbonates). Less literature exists on interpreting the paleoenvironmental significance of primary minerals and their properties in altered Mars materials. Since the arrival of the Mars Exploration Rovers in 2004 and the Phoenix Mars Lander in 2008, a number of new observations of primary-mineral destruction have been enabled by deployment of microscopic imagers on Mars and continued microscopic investigation of Mars meteorites in terrestrial laboratories. These include examples of alteration of both of the major minerals of Mars’ igneous rocks, olivine and pyroxene. Olivine alteration is indicated by selective removal of euhedral olivine from weathered rinds on basalt at Gusev crater, and elongate cavities of non-uniform width in olivine in the Mars meteorite Nakhla; the latter exhibit some similarities to and some differences from common arrays of corrosion pits on weathered terrestrial olivine. Pyroxene dissolution and corrosion are indicated by sharp pointed alteration features on clinopyroxene in the Mars meteorite Nakhla, scaly features on orthopyroxene at the orthopyroxene-carbonate interface in the Allan Hills 84001 Mars meteorite, and angular sawtooth features on soil grains from the Phoenix landing site, all of which are similar or identical to common corrosion textures on weathered terrestrial pyroxene and related chain-silicate minerals. Primary-mineral corrosion occurs in Mars meteorites of a range of alteration ages, from ~3.9 Ga (~ Mid-Noachian; orthopyroxene corrosion and associated carbonate formation in ALH 84001), through ~670 Ma (~ Mid-Late Amazonian; clinopyroxene corrosion and diverse alteration minerals in nakhlites), and possibly quite recently (Late Amazonian; pre-terrestrial carbonate and sulfate in the ~170 Ma-old shergottite EET 79001). Primary-mineral removal of indeterminate but possibly quite recent age is also recorded from Mars-surface microscopic imagery, including euhedral olivine molds in weathered rinds on basaltic boulders at Gusev crater and possible pyroxene corrosion in unconsolidated granular material at the Phoenix landing site, preserved despite possible physical transport and abrasion processes. These occurrences of primary-mineral modification and destruction record aqueous alteration processes over a broad range of times in the paleoenvironmental history of Mars’ surface.

  8. Zeta Potential Measurements on Three Clays from Turkey and Effects of Clays on Coal Flotation

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    Hussain; Dem&idot;rc&idot;; özbayoğlu

    1996-12-25

    There is a growing trend of characterizing coal and coal wastes in order to study the effect of clays present in them during coal washing. Coarse wastes from the Zonguldak Coal Washery, Turkey, were characterized and found to contain kaolinite, illite, and chlorite. These three clays, obtained in almost pure form from various locations in Turkey, have been subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to assess their purity and zeta potential measurements in order to evaluate their properties in terms of their surface charge and point of zero charge (pzc) values. It was found from XRD data that these clays were almost pure and their electrokinetic potential should therefore be representative of their colloidal behavior. All three clay minerals were negatively charged over the range from pH 2.5 to 11. Chlorite and illite have pzc at pH 3 and pH 2.5, respectively, whereas kaolinite has no pzc. The effect of these clays in Zonguldak coal, wastes, and black waters on coal flotation was studied by floating artificial mixtures of Zonguldak clean coal (4.5% ash) and individual clay. The flotation tests on coal/individual clay revealed that each clay influences coal flotation differently according to its type and amount. Illite had the worst effect on coal floated, followed by chlorite and kaolinite. The loss of yield in coal was found to be 18% for kaolinite, 20% for chlorite, and 28% for illite, indicating the worst effect of illite and least for kaolinite during coal flotation. PMID:8978557

  9. The Role of Impact Excavation in Distributing Clays Over Noachian Surfaces

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    Barnhart, C. J.; Nimmo, F.

    2010-12-01

    We present an analytical model of impact excavation that predicts the relative distribution of clay abundances on crater ejecta deposits. Spectrometers have detected clay-bearing units in and on much of the ancient Martian crust. Geothermally heated aquifers in basaltic rock provide conditions conducive to forming Fe/Mg phyllosilicates at depth. Throughout the Noachian Period, a high flux of km-scale bolides excavated buried materials and distributed them over the surface. We use the Maxwell Z-model to quantify the volume and final location of excavated clay-bearing material. We focus on two potentially detectable properties: the volume of clay-bearing material ejected as a fraction of total ejected volume, and the volume percent of clay-bearing material in the ejecta as function of distance from the crater's rim. Generally, the volume percent of clays in the ejecta is greatest for craters less than 25 km diameter. Larger crater sizes incorporate a higher fraction of clay-poor material because they excavate to greater depths, at which clays are likely absent. Specific trends in bulk clay volume fraction and the distribution of clay fraction across the ejecta deposit as a function of crater size depend on the depth to the clay-rich layer and its thickness. Impact excavation likely explains clays associated with ejecta deposits and may reveal clues about the volatile content and stratigraphy of the upper Noachian crust. Applying our model to the Mawrth Vallis region suggests that a clay layer a few hundred meters thick is buried at the -3000 m elevation contour. Given that clay layers are likely thin and buried in the upper 3 km of the crust we predict that small to mid-sized craters (<25 km) will best exhibit detectable amounts of clays and that these clays will be most abundant in the crater wall and rim, less so in distal ejecta.

  10. Uranyl clay photocatalysts

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    Suib, S.L.; Carrado, K.A.

    1985-03-13

    Uranyl-exchanged clay photocatalysts have been used to photooxidize alcohols to ketones. Luminescence excitation, emission, and lifetime studies have been used to characterize these materials before, during, and after reaction. The absorption maxima for most of the uranyl-exchanged clays shift to higher wavelengths with respect to those for other aluminosilicate catalysts. Lifetime results indicate that several sites exist on these catalysts. Saturation of alcohol/clay slurries with oxygen leads to increasing rates of ketone formation. These uranyl-sensitized photoautoxidation reactions also produce coupled products as well as aldehydes, such as acetaldehyde, as identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques. Different clays yield different amounts of product and rates of product formation. Hectorite exchange with uranyl ions is the most active catalyst of all aluminosilicate materials we have studied over short photolysis mass. 22 references, 6 figures, 6 tables.

  11. Organophilic clay suspension medium

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    Dixon, G.G.; Parlman, R.M.; Stewart, W.

    1989-10-24

    This patent describes an improved liquid suspension medium for particulate solids. The suspension medium having been formed by admixing an organophilic clay wherein the clay is selected from the group consisting of bentonite, attapulgite, sepiolite and hectorite and admixtures thereof present in the quantity of about 0.5-8 weight percent with a liquid hydrocarbon present in the quantity of about 99-70 weight percent and at least one activator selected from the group consisting of phenyl hydroxyalkyl ethers.

  12. Chemistry, mineralogy and origin of the clay-hill nitrate deposits, Amargosa River valley, Death Valley region, California, U.S.A.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Ericksen, G.E.; Hosterman, J.W.; St., Amand, P.

    1988-01-01

    The clay-hill nitrate deposits of the Amargosa River valley, California, are caliche-type accumulations of water-soluble saline minerals in clay-rich soils on saline lake beds of Miocene, Pliocene(?) and Pleistocene age. The soils have a maximum thickness of ??? 50 cm, and commonly consist of three layers: (1) an upper 5-10 cm of saline-free soil; (2) an underlying 15-20 cm of rubbly saline soil; and (3) a hard nitrate-rich caliche, 10-20 cm thick, at the bottom of the soil profile. The saline constituents, which make up as much as 50% of the caliche, are chiefly Cl-, NO-3, SO2-4 and Na+. In addition are minor amounts of K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+, varying, though generally minor, amounts of B2O3 and CO2-3, and trace amounts of I (probably as IO-3), NO-2, CrO2-4 and Mo (probably as MoO2-4). The water-soluble saline materials have an I/Br ratio of ??? 1, which is much higher than nearly all other saline depostis. The principal saline minerals of the caliche are halite (NaCl), nitratite (NaNO3), darapskite (Na3(SO4)(NO3)??H2O), glauberite (Na2Ca(SO4)2), gypsum (CaSO4??2H2O) and anhydrite (CaSO4). Borax (Na2B4O5(OH)4??8H2O), tincalconite (Na2B4O5(OH)4??3H2O) and trona (Na3(CO3)(HCO3)??2H2O) are abundant locally. The clay-hill nitrate deposits are analogous to the well-known Chilean nitrate deposits, and probably are of similar origin. Whereas the Chilean deposits are in permeable soils of the nearly rainless Atacama Desert, the clay-hill deposits are in relatively impervious clay-rich soils that inhibited leaching by rain water. The annual rainfall in the Death Valley region of ??? 5 cm is sufficient to leach water-soluble minerals from the more permeable soils. The clay-hill deposits contain saline materials from the lake beds beneath the nitrate deposits are well as wind-transported materials from nearby clay-hill soils, playas and salt marshes. The nitrate is probably of organic origin, consisting of atmospheric nitrogen fixed as protein by photoautotrophic blue-green algae, which are thought to form crusts on soils at the sites of the deposits when moistened by rainfall. The protein is subsequently transformed to nitrate by autotophic bacteria. ?? 1988.

  13. Synthesis of highly active and thermally stable nanostructured Pt/clay materials by clay-mediated in situ reduction.

    PubMed

    Varade, Dharmesh; Haraguchi, Kazutoshi

    2013-02-12

    Novel and intriguing one-pot in situ method for the preparation of nanostructured Pt-clay materials under simple conditions is reported. In this synthesis, an inorganic clay mineral such as synthetic hectorite ("Laponite XLG") or natural montmorillonite ("Kunipia F") serves as a mild and effective reducing agent for Pt ions, which is uncommon for such a clay system, and also acts as an outstanding stabilizer for the resulting Pt nanoparticles. In aqueous solution, exfoliated colloidal clay platelets forms complex with Pt ions in the initial stage of mixing. Devoid of any organic dispersants or external reducing agents, subsequently, the Pt nanoparticles (3-6 nm) generated by clay-assisted in situ reduction of Pt ions successfully anchored onto the clay nanoplatelets. The Pt-clay material features a very high surface area (312 m(2) g(-1)) and has excellent catalytic activity, as was kinetically evaluated via the reduction of 4-nitrophenol with NaBH(4). After drying, this remarkably stable nanocomposite is completely redispersible in water and displays extreme thermal stability (up to 500 °C). On the basis of these results, this synthetic strategy is anticipated to be a very simple, economical, and green approach for the synthesis of nanostructured Pt-clay materials. PMID:23343394

  14. Clay mineralogy and its effect on physical properties in the Gulf of Mexico northwestern continental slope

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    Berti, Debora

    2005-02-17

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 APPENDIX A CLAY MINERALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 APPENDIX B XRD PATTERNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 APPENDIX C INDEX PROPERTY.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 8 Example of bulk sample XRD pattern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 9 Example of silt XRD pattern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 10 XRD patterns of coarse...

  15. Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts 2005 Mineral Surface Reactivity

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    of drying on mineral surface chemistry using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical modeling MICHAEL J of drying on the surface chemistry of minerals and soils, and shown that drying enhances acidification polarizing cations on the clay surface (Mortland and Raman, 1968.) To more directly explain impacts of drying

  16. Analysis of Layer Charge, Cation and Anion Exchange Capacities, and Synthesis of Reduced Charge Clays

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Surface charge is one of the most important properties of clay minerals. Surface charge is used in classification of 2:1 phyllosilicates and has a strong influence on properties of clays such as hydration, swelling, cation exchange, and reactions with organic molecules. In this chapter, analytical m...

  17. Surface Diffusion: Is it an Important Transport Mechanism in Compacted Clays?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dennis W. Oscarson

    1994-01-01

    Surface diffusion, or migration within the electrical double layer next to mineral surfaces, is often invoked as a significant contributor to the overall diffusion coefficient in compacted clays, particularly where model predictions underestimate measured diffusion coefficients. The potential for surface diffusion of Sr 2§ Ca 2+ and Na + on three clays compacted to dry bulk densities of 1.25 and

  18. Carbon Stabilization by Clays in the Environment: Process and Characterization Methods

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    This workshop brings together experts and non-experts interested in understanding at the process level the role of clay minerals in soil organic carbon sequestration. Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the current state of knowledge about the nature of clay-humic complexes, the...

  19. Implications of cation exchange on clay release and colloid-facilitated transport in porous media

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Column experiments were conducted to study chemical factors that influence the release of clay (kaolinite and quartz minerals) from saturated Ottawa sand of different sizes (710, 360, and 240 µm). A relatively minor enhancement of clay release occurred when the pH was increased (5.8 to 10) or the i...

  20. Chemical and mineralogical characteristics of French green clays used for healing

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    Williams, L.B.; Haydel, S.E.; Giese, R.F.; Eberl, D.D.

    2008-01-01

    The worldwide emergence of infectious diseases, together with the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, elevate the need to properly detect, prevent, and effectively treat these infections. The overuse and misuse of common antibiotics in recent decades stimulates the need to identify new inhibitory agents. Therefore, natural products like clays, that display antibacterial properties, are of particular interest. The absorptive properties of clay minerals are well documented for healing skin and gastrointestinal ailments. However, the antibacterial properties of clays have received less scientific attention. French green clays have recently been shown to heal Buruli ulcer, a necrotic or 'flesh-eating' infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Assessing the antibacterial properties of these clays could provide an inexpensive treatment for Buruli ulcer and other skin infections. Antimicrobial testing of the two clays on a broad-spectrum of bacterial pathogens showed that one clay promotes bacterial growth (possibly provoking a response from the natural immune system), while another kills bacteria or significantly inhibits bacterial growth. This paper compares the mineralogy and chemical composition of the two French green clays used in the treatment of Buruli ulcer. Mineralogically, the two clays are dominated by 1Md illite and Fe-smectite. Comparing the chemistry of the clay minerals and exchangeable ions, we conclude that the chemistry of the clay, and the surface properties that affect pH and oxidation state, control the chemistry of the water used to moisten the clay poultices and contribute the critical antibacterial agent(s) that ultimately debilitate the bacteria. Copyright ?? 2008, The Clay Minerals Society.

  1. Liquid-crystalline aqueous clay suspensions.

    PubMed

    Michot, Laurent J; Bihannic, Isabelle; Maddi, Solange; Funari, Sérgio S; Baravian, Christophe; Levitz, Pierre; Davidson, Patrick

    2006-10-31

    This article demonstrates the occurrence of a true isotropic/nematic transition in colloidal Brownian aqueous suspensions of natural nontronite clay. The liquid-crystalline character is further evidenced by polarized light microscopy and small-angle x-ray scattering experiments in the presence and absence of modest external magnetic fields. The complete phase diagram ionic strength/volume fraction then exhibits a clear biphasic domain in the sol region just before the gel transition in contrast with the situation observed for other swelling clays in which the sol/gel transition hinders the isotropic/nematic transition. Small-angle x-ray scattering measurements of gel samples reveal strong positional and orientational orders of the particles, proving unambiguously the nematic character of the gel and, thus, clearly refuting the still prevalent "house of cards" model, which explains the gel structure by means of attractive interactions between clay platelets. Such order also is observed in various other swelling clay minerals; therefore, this very general behavior must be taken into account to reach a better understanding of the rheological properties and phase behavior of these systems. PMID:17060625

  2. Liquid–crystalline aqueous clay suspensions

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    Michot, Laurent J.; Bihannic, Isabelle; Maddi, Solange; Funari, Sérgio S.; Baravian, Christophe; Levitz, Pierre; Davidson, Patrick

    2006-01-01

    This article demonstrates the occurrence of a true isotropic/nematic transition in colloidal Brownian aqueous suspensions of natural nontronite clay. The liquid–crystalline character is further evidenced by polarized light microscopy and small-angle x-ray scattering experiments in the presence and absence of modest external magnetic fields. The complete phase diagram ionic strength/volume fraction then exhibits a clear biphasic domain in the sol region just before the gel transition in contrast with the situation observed for other swelling clays in which the sol/gel transition hinders the isotropic/nematic transition. Small-angle x-ray scattering measurements of gel samples reveal strong positional and orientational orders of the particles, proving unambiguously the nematic character of the gel and, thus, clearly refuting the still prevalent “house of cards” model, which explains the gel structure by means of attractive interactions between clay platelets. Such order also is observed in various other swelling clay minerals; therefore, this very general behavior must be taken into account to reach a better understanding of the rheological properties and phase behavior of these systems. PMID:17060625

  3. The effects of the mineral phase on C stabilization mechanisms and the microbial community along an eroding slope transect

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    Doetterl, S.; Opfergelt, S.; Cornelis, J.; Boeckx, P. F.; van oost, K.; Six, J.

    2013-12-01

    An increasing number of studies show the importance of including soil redistribution processes in understanding carbon (C) dynamics in eroding landscapes. The quality and quantity of soil organic carbon in sloping cropland differs with topographic position. These differences are commonly more visible in the subsoil, while the size and composition of topsoil C pools are similar along the hillslope. The type (plant- or microbial-derived) and quality (level of degradation) of C found in a specific soil fraction depends on the interplay between the temporal dynamic of the specific mechanism and it's strength to protect C from decomposition. Here, we present an analysis that aims to clarify the bio/geo-chemical and mineralogical components involved in stabilizing C at various depths and slope positions and how they affect the microbial community and the degradation of C. For this we analyzed soil samples from different soil depths along a slope transect applying (i) a sequential extraction of the reactive soil phase using pyrophosphate, oxalate and dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate, (ii) a semi-quantitative and qualitative analysis of the clay mineralogy, (iii) an analysis of the microbial community using amino sugars and (iv) an analysis of the level of degradation of C in different soil fractions focusing on the soil Lignin signature. The results show that the pattern of minerals and their relative importance in stabilizing C varies greatly along the transect. In the investigated soils, pyrophosphate extractable Manganese, and not Iron or Aluminum as often observed, is strongly correlated to C in the bulk soil and in the non-aggregated silt and clay fractions. This suggests a certain role of Manganese for C stabilization where physical protection is absent. In contrast, pyrophosphate extractable Iron and Aluminum components are largely abundant in water-stable soil aggregates but not correlated to C, suggesting importance of these extracts to stabilize aggregates and, hence, providing physical protection of C. Oxalate extractable amorphous and poorly crystalline minerals are correlated to C, especially for the more recalcitrant C fractions, but only at the depositional site. However, decreasing contents of oxalate extractable elements with depth indicate a temporal limitation of this stabilization mechanism and this is also supported by the results of our lignin extraction. Non-expandable clay minerals experience a relative enrichment at the depositional site while expandable clay minerals experience the same at the eroding site. These changes in clay mineralogy along the slope are partly responsible for the abundance of silt and clay associated C. The changes in soil mineralogy and micro-scale environmental conditions led to an adaptation of the microbial community in comparison to sites not affected by soil redistribution.

  4. The composition and origin of Ghana medicine clays

    PubMed Central

    van Dongen, Bart E.; Fraser, Sharon E.; Insoll, Timothy

    2011-01-01

    The mineral, organic and elemental composition of medicine clays from three shrines in the Tong Hills in northern Ghana (Gbankil, Kusanaab, and Yaane) are assessed to ascertain what additives they might contain and the implications for their recognition, for example in archaeological contexts. These are clays that are widely used for healing purposes being perceived efficacious in curing multiple ailments and which are given a divine provenance, but their collection is ascribed human agency. The Yaane clay is also supplied as part of the process of obtaining the right to operate the shrine elsewhere making it widely dispersed. Organic geochemical analyses revealed a predominance of plant-derived material with a substantial contribution of microbial origin. Based on these (supported by elemental and mineral analyses), no unnatural organic material could be detected, making an exogenous contribution to these clays unlikely. The implications are that these are wholly natural medicinal substances with no anthropogenic input into their preparation, as the traditions suggest. The very similar mineralogy of all the clays, including a non-medicine clay sampled, suggests that, unless the geology radically differed, differentiating between them analytically in an archaeological contexts would be doubtful. PMID:21810043

  5. Using THEMIS to resolve the discrepancy between modeled phyllosilicate abundances and to assess the origin of phyllosilicate-bearing materials in Mawrth Vallis

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    Viviano, C. E.; Moersch, J. E.

    2012-12-01

    We examine the proposed explanations for the discrepancy that exists between phyllosilicate detection in visible/near-infrared vs. thermal infrared datasets -i.e., the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) and the Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité (OMEGA) vs. the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES). We test the effects of surface temperature discrepancies, physical (intimate) mixing of clay and non-clay bearing materials, and sub-pixel (checkerboard) mixing of clay and non-clay bearing material, all as a function of spatial resolution. Results indicate that a spatial resolution of 100 m/pixel (the resolution of data from the Mars Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) instrument), significantly improves the likelihood of phyllosilicate detection for all of the tested effects, even with its limited spectral resolution. We use spectral unit mapping techniques and the THEMIS dataset to provide the first phyllosilicate abundance maps of the Mawrth Vallis phyllosilicate-bearing units. With the limited spectral resolution, successful unmixing with a few endmembers can be achieved by carefully selecting the appropriate mineral endmembers based on the endmembers identified by both OMEGA/CRISM and TES. Derived abundances are then converted to major element oxides by assuming a representative mineral formula for each endmember present. The molar proportions of these oxides are used to evaluate the proposed formation mechanisms for clay in Mawrth Vallis. Our results indicate that the mineralogy is consistent with a model that requires the chemical weathering and leaching of primary volcanic material. The molar data reveal a trend suggesting the loss of feldspar (CaO + Na2O + K2O) and accumulation of insoluble clays (Al2O3), similar to that of terrestrial weathering of basaltic materials. The further accumulation of clays and loss of ferromagnesian minerals (FeO* + MgO) is only observed in advanced terrestrial weathering, and is not consistent with the THEMIS derived mineral abundances (* indicates all iron is reported as FeO). Regardless of the formation mechanism of the units in Mawrth Vallis, THEMIS modeling indicates phyllosilicate abundances of >50% with heterogeneous spatial distributions, which likely accounts for the discrepancy in detection between datasets. Furthermore, the molar proportions of oxides determined from these abundances are consistent with intermediate alteration of mafic primary material on Mars. This may be indicative of chemical weathering under relatively "dry" conditions (as compared to terrestrial weathering), as erosion and removal of weathering products soon after they are produced does not allow for the development of advanced weathering of those secondary products. With higher resolution mineral abundance modeling, those areas that preserve accumulation of phases characteristic of extreme weathering (e.g., oxides and hydroxides) zones may be revealed. Therefore, the current assessment of phyllosilicate formation in Mawrth Vallis may be a lower limit of the degree of chemical weathering preserved.

  6. Clay-based geothermal drilling fluids

    SciTech Connect

    Guven, N.; Carney, L.L.; Lee, L.J.; Bernhard, R.P.

    1982-11-01

    The rheological properties of fluids based on fibrous clays such as sepiolite and attapulgite have been systematically examined under conditions similar to those of geothermal wells, i.e. at elevated temperatures and pressures in environments with concentrated brines. Attapulgite- and sepiolite-based fluids have been autoclaved at temperatures in the range from 70 to 800/sup 0/F with the addition of chlorides and hydroxides of Na, K, Ca, and Mg. The rheological properties (apparent and plastic viscosity, fluid loss, gel strength, yield point, and cake thickness) of the autoclaved fluids have been studied and correlated with the chemical and physical changes that occur in the clay minerals during the autoclaving process.

  7. Feldspar minerals as efficient deposition ice nuclei

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    Yakobi-Hancock, J. D.; Ladino, L. A.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

    2013-11-01

    Mineral dusts are well known to be efficient ice nuclei, where the source of this efficiency has typically been attributed to the presence of clay minerals such as illite and kaolinite. However, the ice nucleating abilities of the more minor mineralogical components have not been as extensively examined. As a result, the deposition ice nucleation abilities of 24 atmospherically relevant mineral samples have been studied, using a continuous flow diffusion chamber at -40.0 ± 0.3 °C and particles size-selected at 200 nm. By focussing on using the same experimental procedure for all experiments, a relative ranking of the ice nucleating abilities of the samples was achieved. In addition, the ice nucleation behaviour of the pure minerals is compared to that of complex mixtures, such as Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Mojave Desert Dust (MDD), and to lead iodide, which has been previously proposed for cloud seeding. Lead iodide was the most efficient ice nucleus (IN), requiring a critical relative humidity with respect to ice (RHi) of 122.0 ± 2.0% to activate 0.1% of the particles. MDD (RHi) 126.3 ± 3.4%) and ATD (RHi 129.5 ± 5.1%) have lower but comparable activity. From a set of clay minerals (kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite), non-clay minerals (e.g. hematite, magnetite, calcite, cerussite, quartz), and feldspar minerals (orthoclase, plagioclase) present in the atmospheric dusts, it was found that the feldspar minerals (particularly orthoclase) and some clays (particularly kaolinite) were the most efficient ice nuclei. Orthoclase and plagioclase were found to have critical RHi values of 127.1 ± 6.3% and 136.2 ± 1.3%, respectively. The presence of feldspars (specifically orthoclase) may play a significant role in the IN behaviour of mineral dusts despite their lower percentage in composition relative to clay minerals.

  8. Feldspar minerals as efficient deposition ice nuclei

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    Yakobi-Hancock, J. D.; Ladino, L. A.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

    2013-06-01

    Mineral dusts are well known to be efficient ice nuclei, where the source of this efficiency has typically been attributed to the presence of clay minerals such as illite and kaolinite. However, the ice nucleating abilities of the more minor mineralogical components have not been as extensively examined. As a result, the deposition ice nucleation abilities of 24 atmospherically-relevant mineral samples have been studied, using a continuous flow diffusion chamber at -40.0 ± 0.3 °C. The same particle size (200 nm) and particle preparation procedure were used throughout. The ice nucleation behaviour of the pure minerals is compared to that of complex mixtures, such as Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Mojave Desert Dust (MDD), and to lead iodide, which has been previously proposed for cloud seeding. Lead iodide was the most efficient ice nucleus (IN), requiring a critical relative humidity with respect to ice (RHi) of 122.0 ± 2.0% to activate 0.1% of the particles. MDD (RHi 126.3 ± 3.4%) and ATD (RHi 129.5 ± 5.1%) have lower but comparable activity. From a set of clay minerals (kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite), non-clay minerals (e.g. hematite, magnetite, calcite, cerussite, quartz), and feldspar minerals (orthoclase, plagioclase) present in the atmospheric dusts it was found that the feldspar minerals (particularly orthoclase), and not the clays, were the most efficient ice nuclei. Orthoclase and plagioclase were found to have critical RHi values of 127.1 ± 6.3% and 136.2 ± 1.3%, respectively. The presence of feldspars (specifically orthoclase) may play a significant role in the IN behaviour of mineral dusts despite their lower percentage in composition relative to clay minerals.

  9. RANGES OF BOUND WATER PROPERTIES ASSOCIATED WITH A SMECTITE CLAY

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Dielectric spectroscopy has been used to characterize various colloids with constant potential surfaces. The objective of this study is to utilize dielectric and electrical conductivity spectroscopy to study a humidified Ca -- Wyoming bentonite, a clay mineral with variable potential surfaces due to...

  10. Can we map swelling clays with remote sensing?

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    van der Meer, Freek

    Swelling soils are soils containing clay minerals that change volume with water content. The original volume of natural soils may change up to 150 percent with increasing water content, which creates major geological hazards that cause extensive damage worldwide. Current engineering practice for delineating areas of potential high swell builds on extensive laboratory analysis, including X-ray diffraction analysis for establishing clay mineralogy and Atterberg limits for deriving the swelling index. This is labour-intensive and thus expensive. Of key importance in assessing the swelling potential of soils is accurate mapping of clay mineralogy and amount (particularly of high swelling smectite and low swelling kaolinite-group minerals) and mapping of soil moisture. For applications related to slope instability processes, surface height and surface deformation need to be examined. Results from spectral analysis of clay mineral spectra presented in this paper show that careful examination of absorption bands allows the characterization and mapping of the clay mineralogy of the soil, which, in conjunction with spectral unmixing, may lead to surface fractions of the various clay minerals. This can potentially be empirically linked with current engineering tests. Remote sensing perspectives for spatial reproduction of these results are further examined in this paper. Imaging spectrometry ( ie, data acquisition in many narrow spectral bands that allow images of reflectance spectra to be derived) may provide insight in surface mineralogy, while microwave remote sensing could deliver soil moisture information. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) is one method of remotely sensed elevation mapping; other remote sensing approaches include radar and laser altimetry and the derivation of digital terrain data from stereoscopic imagery ( ie, Spot, MOMS, etc). This paper could form the basis for formulating a number of research projects within a framework of mapping swelling potential of soils from space.

  11. Canadian Field Soils I. Mineral Composition by XRD/XRF Measurements

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    Schönenberger, J.; Momose, T.; Wagner, B.; Leong, W. H.; Tarnawski, V. R.

    2012-02-01

    Forty Canadian soils were laboratory tested for the presence of quartz and other minerals using X-ray diffraction/X-ray fluorescence techniques. On average, the highest quartz content was observed in soil samples from sites in Nova Scotia followed by Prince Edward Island sites, whereas soil sample from British Columbia sites had the lowest quartz content. The second most abundant mineral was albite that mainly occurred in soil samples from Ontario and Quebec sites. Illite was the third most abundant and prevailed in soils mainly from British Columbia and New Brunswick sites. Soil samples from British Columbia sites had the highest combined clay and silt content and were composed of illite, albite, kaolinite, and chlorite. The lowest clay content was found in the samples from the Quebec sites. The highest microcline (a potassium feldspar) content was observed in Quebec, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island sites. In contrast to other provinces, samples from Quebec and Ontario sites also included amphibole. Soil samples from Saskatchewan and Manitoba sites also comprised carbonates, i.e., calcite and dolomite. Iron oxides (e.g., goethite) were present in all soils, except the Quebec sites, but their occurrence was rather insignificant.

  12. Wellbore instability mechanisms in clays

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    Akl, Sherif Adel

    2011-01-01

    This dissertation investigates the stability of wellbores drilled in Ko-consolidated clays using non-linear finite element method (FEM) and effective stress soil models to characterize the behavior of clay and unconsolidated ...

  13. Clay mineralogy of weathering profiles from the Carolina Piedmont.

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    Loferski, P.J.

    1981-01-01

    Saprolite profiles (12) that formed over various crystalline rocks from the Charlotte 1o X 2o quadrangle showed overall similarity in their clay mineralogy to depths of 6 to 45 m indicating control by weathering processes rather than by rock type. Most saprolite contained 10-25% clay, and ranged 3 to 70%. Kaolinite and halloysite composed = or >75% of the clay fraction of most samples. The ratio kaolinite:halloysite ranged widely, from 95% kaolinite to 90% halloysite, independent of depth. Clay-size mica was present in all profiles, and ranged 5-75% over a sericite schist. Mixed-layer mica-smectite and mica-vermiculite were subordinate; discrete smectite and vermiculite were rare. The abundance of halloysite indicates a continuously humid environment since the time of profile formation, because of the rapidity with which halloysite dehydrates irreversibly. -R.S.M.

  14. Virtual clay modeling system

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    Ken-ichi Kameyama

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes a CAD system in which a user can directly manipulate the shape of a virtual object like a clay model and can produce its solid model data. The key component of its hardware is a special input device with a 3D position tracker and a tactile sensor. In this system, the movement of a virtual object is

  15. Trace elements, stable isotopes, and clay mineralogy of the Elles II K–T boundary section in Tunisia: indications for sea level fluctuations and primary productivity

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    D Stüben; U Kramar; Z Berner; W Stinnesbeck; G Keller; T Adatte

    2002-01-01

    Trace elements and stable isotopes in bulk rocks and foraminifera, bulk rock and clay mineral compositions, are used as palaeoproxies to evaluate sea level fluctuations, climatic changes and variations in primary productivity across the K–T transition at Elles II in Tunisia from 1 m (?33 kyr) below to 1 m (?70 kyr) above the K–T boundary. Results on clay minerals,

  16. 30. TRACE ELEMENT AND SR-ISOTOPIC CONTENTS OF HYDROTHERMAL CLAYS AND SULFIDES FROM THE SNAKE PIT HYDROTHERMAL FIELD: ODP SITE 649 1

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    Kathryn M. Gillis; Alan D. Smith; John N. Ludden

    Several meters of unconsolidated hydrothermal sediment were recovered from the Snake Pit hydrothermal field during ODP Leg 106. Polymetallic sulfides comprise most of the sediment with minor fragments of massive sulfide, organic debris, clay minerals, and fresh glass shards. Trace element and Sr-isotope contents of hydrothermal clays and sulfides from Holes 649B and 649G indicate that these minerals precipitated from

  17. Clay Animals and Their Habitats

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    Adamson, Kay

    2010-01-01

    Creating clay animals and their habitats with second-grade students has long been one of the author's favorite classroom activities. Students love working with clay and they also enjoy drawing animal homes. In this article, the author describes how the students created a diorama instead of drawing their clay animal's habitat. This gave students…

  18. Clay Mineralogy of a Pleistocene Barrier Island, Skidaway Island, GA

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    Shaffer, M.; Shackford, J. K.; Elliott, W. C.; Christensen, B. A.; Freile, D.; Hillier, C.; Horton, B. P.

    2005-05-01

    A dense blue clay underlies various marsh localities near the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SKIO). SKIO is located on a Pleistocene barrier island in Georgia. The clay is found in two cores drilled at the high marsh/maritime forest transition zone. It was recovered at a depth of one meter, below unconsolidated marsh sediment. A total of 12 clay samples were collected at 10cm intervals downcore beginning at 100cm, through the clay layer. The thickness of the clay layer is unknown due to core refusal at a heavily iron oxide mottled zone. Samples were examined for the presence of diatoms and foraminifera, neither of which were found to be present, thereby suggesting a non-marine environment, although dissolution may be a factor. Geochemical data also lacks a definite marine signature, thereby confirming the micropaleontological conclusions. Smectite, illite, and kaolinite were found throughout both cores with halloysite present only below a depth of roughly 120cm. These particular clay minerals have been identified in blue clays analyzed in the Carolina Bays of southern North Carolina. Halloysite is typically a metastable phase forming from the weathering of illite to kaolinite, thus the location of the halloysite found in these cores indicates more recent weathering of the parent illite at depth. This is unusual as weathering is normally thought to be more intense closer to the surface. Vermiculite, which is also part of the general weathering scheme of mica, was not identified in the cores based on the behavior of the samples after solvation in ethylene glycol and potassium-saturation. The observed clay assemblage is similar to that of North Carolina Carolina Bays. Carolina Bays are found from Virginia to Georgia, and are found to contain blue clays (Ingram et al., 1959). Morphologically, Carolina Bays are typically elliptical and while the study area is more rounded, this could be due to its modification by an active tidal system.

  19. Sorption of light hydrocarbons on clays from the Oligocene Kiscell Clay Formation, Hungary

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    Tóth, Judit

    2009-01-01

    Clays from Solymár (Hungary) were treated with volatile components of light hydrocarbon in order to investigate their ability to sorb these organic compounds. The clays were characterized using XRD, optical microscopy (thin sections) and CEC measurements. The contaminated samples were analyzed using ATD-GC-MS, Rock Eval and XRD. Volatilization of the fluid phase hydrocarbon was monitoring for 663 days. The quantity of volatilized hydrocarbon compounds reached 50.0-65.0% at the end of the experiment. All of the analyses indicate hydrocarbon pollution of the clay layers after the volatilization process. The gross compositions of the fluid and the sorbed phases are different; the total amount of cycloalkanes among the sorbed hydrocarbons is very low. The dominant sorbed components are toluene, xylenes, nC9, nC10, nC11 and nC7. Cyclohexane, methylcyclohexane, benzene, nC12 and nC13 also occur in lower concentrations. The geochemical and XRD results indicate that adsorption onto the external surfaces of the clay minerals was the main sorption process.

  20. Clay exfoliation and polymer/clay aerogels by supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Longo, Simona; Mauro, Marco; Daniel, Christophe; Galimberti, Maurizio; Guerra, Gaetano

    2013-01-01

    Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) treatments of a montmorillonite (MMT) intercalated with ammonium cations bearing two long hydrocarbon tails (organo-modified MMT, OMMT) led to OMMT exfoliation, with loss of the long-range order in the packing of the hydrocarbon tails and maintenance of the long-range order in the clay layers. The intercalated and the derived exfoliated OMMT have been deeply characterized, mainly by X-ray diffraction analyses. Monolithic composite aerogels, with large amounts of both intercalated and exfoliated OMMT and including the nanoporous-crystalline ? form of syndiotactic polystyrene (s-PS), have been prepared, by scCO2 extractions of s-PS-based gels. Also for high OMMT content, the gel and aerogel preparation procedures occur without re-aggregation of the exfoliated clay, which is instead observed for other kinds of polymer processing. Aerogels with the exfoliated OMMT have more even dispersion of the clay layers, higher elastic modulus and larger surface area than aerogels with the intercalated OMMT. Extremely light materials with relevant transport properties could be prepared. Moreover, s-PS-based aerogels with exfoliated OMMT could be helpful for the handling of exfoliated clay minerals. PMID:24790956

  1. Clay exfoliation and polymer/clay aerogels by supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Longo, Simona; Mauro, Marco; Daniel, Christophe; Galimberti, Maurizio; Guerra, Gaetano

    2013-11-01

    Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) treatments of a montmorillonite (MMT) intercalated with ammonium cations bearing two long hydrocarbon tails (organo-modified MMT, OMMT) led to OMMT exfoliation, with loss of the long-range order in the packing of the hydrocarbon tails and maintenance of the long-range order in the clay layers. The intercalated and the derived exfoliated OMMT have been deeply characterized, mainly by X-ray diffraction analyses. Monolithic composite aerogels, with large amounts of both intercalated and exfoliated OMMT and including the nanoporous-crystalline ? form of syndiotactic polystyrene (s-PS), have been prepared, by scCO2 extractions of s-PS-based gels. Also for high OMMT content, the gel and aerogel preparation procedures occur without re-aggregation of the exfoliated clay, which is instead observed for other kinds of polymer processing. Aerogels with the exfoliated OMMT have more even dispersion of the clay layers, higher elastic modulus and larger surface area than aerogels with the intercalated OMMT. Extremely light materials with relevant transport properties could be prepared. Moreover, s-PS-based aerogels with exfoliated OMMT could be helpful for the handling of exfoliated clay minerals.

  2. Mineral of the month: indium

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    George, Micheal W.

    2004-01-01

    Indium was discovered in Germany in 1863. Although it is a lustrous silver-white color, the finders named the new material for the “indigo” spectral lines the mineral created on the spectrograph. Indium ranks 61st in abundance in Earth’s crust and is about three times more abundant than silver or mercury.

  3. Mars weathering analogs - Secondary mineralization in Antarctic basalts

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    Berkley, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    Alkalic basalt samples from Ross Island, Antarctica, are evaluated as terrestrial analogs to weathered surface materials on Mars. Secondary alteration in the rocks is limited to pneumatolytic oxidation of igneous minerals and glass, rare groundmass clay and zeolite mineralization, and hydrothermal minerals coating fractures and vesicle surfaces. Hydrothermal mineral assemblages consist mainly of K-feldspar, zeolites (phillipsite and chabazite), calcite, and anhydrite. Low alteration rates are attributed to cold and dry environmental factors common to both Antarctica and Mars. It is noted that mechanical weathering (aeolian abrasion) of Martian equivalents to present Antarctic basalts would yield minor hydrothermal minerals and local surface fines composed of primary igneous minerals and glass but would produce few hydrous products, such as palagonite, clay or micas. It is thought that leaching of hydrothermal vein minerals by migrating fluids and redeposition in duricrust deposits may represent an alternate process for incorporating secondary minerals of volcanic origin into Martian surface fines.

  4. Mars weathering analogs - Secondary mineralization in Antarctic basalts

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    Berkley, J. L.

    Alkalic basalt samples from Ross Island, Antarctica, are evaluated as terrestrial analogs to weathered surface materials on Mars. Secondary alteration in the rocks is limited to pneumatolytic oxidation of igneous minerals and glass, rare groundmass clay and zeolite mineralization, and hydrothermal minerals coating fractures and vesicle surfaces. Hydrothermal mineral assemblages consist mainly of K-feldspar, zeolites (phillipsite and chabazite), calcite, and anhydrite. Low alteration rates are attributed to cold and dry environmental factors common to both Antarctica and Mars. It is noted that mechanical weathering (aeolian abrasion) of Martian equivalents to present Antarctic basalts would yield minor hydrothermal minerals and local surface fines composed of primary igneous minerals and glass but would produce few hydrous products, such as palagonite, clay or micas. It is thought that leaching of hydrothermal vein minerals by migrating fluids and redeposition in duricrust deposits may represent an alternate process for incorporating secondary minerals of volcanic origin into Martian surface fines.

  5. Porous networks derived from synthetic polymer-clay complexes

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    Carrado, K.A.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Elder, D.L.

    1995-05-12

    Synthetic hectorites were hydrothermally crystallized with direct incorporation of a cationic polymer poly(dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride) (PDDA), and two neutral cellulosic polymers hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). Synthetic PDDA-hectorite displays the lowest d-spacing at 15.8 {Angstrom} along with less polymer incorporation (7.8 wt % organic) than the neutral polymers (18--22 wt % organic). Thermal analysis and small angle neutron scattering were used to further examine the polymer-clay systems. Clay platelets of the largest size and best stacking order occur when cationic PDDA polymer is used. PDDA also enhances these properties over the crystallites prepared for a control mineral, where no polymer is used. HEC acts to aggregate the silica, leaving less to react to form clay. The clay platelets which result from HEC are small, not stacked to a large degree, and oriented randomly. Neutral HPMC acts more like cationic PDDA in that larger clay platelets are allowed to form. The extended microstructure of the clay network remains undisturbed after polymer is removed by calcination. When no polymer is used, the synthetic hectorite has a N{sub 2} BET surface area of 200 M{sup 2}/gm, even after calcination. This increases by 20--50% for the synthetic polymer-hectorites after the polymer is removed by calcination.

  6. Cyclic voltammetry of aquocobalamin on clay-modified electrodes

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    Borek, V.; Morra, M.J. [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States). Soil Science Div.] [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States). Soil Science Div.

    1998-07-15

    Halogenated synthetic compounds are widespread contaminants of the environment. Although corrinoids reductively dehalogenate synthetic contaminants in solution, the redox behavior of sorbed tetrapyrroles has received limited attention. Colloidal clay suspensions were prepared as Ca{sup 2+} forms of hectorite (SHCa-1), montmorillonite (SWy-1, Syn-1, and SAz-1), and vermiculite (VTx-1) and spin coated on platinum electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry was performed with the clay-modified electrodes immersed in buffered solutions containing 1.0 mM aquocobalamin. Aquocobalamin in the presence of vermiculite-coated electrodes displayed the same cathodic and anodic peak potentials as unmodified electrodes immersed in aquocobalamin solutions. All other clay-modified electrodes shifted cathodic peaks to more negative values, while anodic peak shifts varied with the clay. Hectorite caused the largest shift in formal redox potential as compared to aquocobalamin in solution. The redox behavior of aquocobalamin as modified by sorption to clay minerals potentially affects dehalogenation rates of synthetic organic compounds in the environment. Clays lowering the formal redox potential of the tetrapyrrole create a potentially more efficient catalyst for pollutant degradation. However, thermodynamic data as obtained using cyclic voltammetry cannot be used to make definitive predictions about the kinetics of contaminant dehalogenation. Reductive dehalogenation will be a function of altered electrochemical properties of the tetrapyrrole as well as rates of contaminant diffusion to the site of tetrapyrrole sorption.

  7. Is mineral motion the ultimate control on critical zone carbon sequestration?

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    Aufdenkampe, A. K.; Yoo, K.; Aalto, R. E.; Chen, C.; Fernandez, C.

    2009-12-01

    In the last decade, modeling and mechanistic studies of organic carbon (OC) turnover in soils and sediments have converged on one key finding - that organic matter (OM) complexation to fine minerals is a critical factor to stabilizing and sequestering carbon. However, OC production and mineral production are typically spatially separated (Fig. 1). Biological primary production primarily occurs where there is light - above the soil surface or in the low-turbidity euphotic zone of lakes and oceans. Mineral surface area (SA) is produced in the sapprolite, or bedrock-soil interface, where primary minerals are chemically weathered to secondary silicate clays and Fe and Al hydroxides. This physical separation between fresh OC and fine minerals results in rapid turnover of most photosynthesized carbon in soil litter layers, and most fresh clay minerals remain carbon-free due to limited contact. Likewise, OC mobilized into river corridors is in significant excess of the system’s capacity to stabilize it, with most OC being rapidly metabolized and returned to the atmosphere as CO2. We therefore hypothesize that the rate at which fresh minerals are delivered to and mix with fresh OC determines the rate of carbon preservation at a watershed scale. Although many studies have examined the role of erosion in carbon balances, none consider that fresh carbon and fresh minerals interact. Here we present the implications for our hypothesis, and show supporting data from a number of our own studies, including: Andean-Amazon carbon sequestration due to erosion-deposition events; preliminary evidence for net carbon sequestration in “legacy” sediments deposited in Eastern Piedmont streams following colonial deforestation; and increased carbon storage with increased earthworm abundance and mixing along an earthworm invasion chronosequence. Our hypothesis - that the rate of mixing fresh carbon with fresh minerals is a primary control on watershed-scale carbon sequestration - is central to our recently funded Critical Zone Observatory project for the Christina River Basin in Pennsylvania and Delaware, entitled: “Spatial and temporal integration of carbon and mineral fluxes: a whole watershed approach to quantifying anthropogenic modification of critical zone carbon sequestration.”

  8. Mineral precipitation and dissolution at two slag-disposal sites in northwestern Indiana, USA

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    Bayless, E.R.; Schulz, M.S.

    2003-01-01

    Slag is a ubiquitous byproduct of the iron- and steel-refining industries. In northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois, slag has been deposited over more than 52 km2 of land surface. Despite the widespread use of slag for fill and construction purposes, little is known about its chemical effects on the environment. Two slagdisposal sites were examined in northwestern Indiana where slag was deposited over the native glacial deposits. At a third site, where slag was not present, background conditions were defined. Samples were collected from cores and drill cuttings and described with scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. Ground-water samples were collected and used to assess thermodynamic equilibria between authigenic minerals and existing conditions. Differences in the mineralogy at background and slag-affected sites were apparent. Calcite, dolomite, gypsum, iron oxides, and clay minerals were abundant in native sediments immediately beneath the slag. Mineral features indicated that these minerals precipitated rapidly from slag drainage and co-precipitated minor amounts of non-calcium metals and trace elements. Quartz fragments immediately beneath the slag showed extensive pitting that was not apparent in sediments from the background site, indicating chemical weathering by the hyperalkaline slag drainage. The environmental impacts of slag-related mineral precipitation include disruption of natural ground-water flow patterns and bed-sediment armoring in adjacent surface-water systems. Dissolution of native quartz by the hyperalkaline drainage may cause instability in structures situated over slag fill or in roadways comprised of slag aggregates.

  9. CHEMICAL AND MINERALOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FRENCH GREEN CLAYS USED FOR HEALING

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    Williams, Lynda B.; Haydel, Shelley E.; Giese, Rossman F.; Eberl, Dennis D.

    2008-01-01

    The worldwide emergence of infectious diseases, together with the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, elevate the need to properly detect, prevent, and effectively treat these infections. The overuse and misuse of common antibiotics in recent decades stimulates the need to identify new inhibitory agents. Therefore, natural products like clays, that display antibacterial properties, are of particular interest. The absorptive properties of clay minerals are well documented for healing skin and gastrointestinal ailments. However, the antibacterial properties of clays have received less scientific attention. French green clays have recently been shown to heal Buruli ulcer, a necrotic or ‘flesh-eating’ infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Assessing the antibacterial properties of these clays could provide an inexpensive treatment for Buruli ulcer and other skin infections. Antimicrobial testing of the two clays on a broad-spectrum of bacterial pathogens showed that one clay promotes bacterial growth (possibly provoking a response from the natural immune system), while another kills bacteria or significantly inhibits bacterial growth. This paper compares the mineralogy and chemical composition of the two French green clays used in the treatment of Buruli ulcer. Mineralogically, the two clays are dominated by 1Md illite and Fe-smectite. Comparing the chemistry of the clay minerals and exchangeable ions, we conclude that the chemistry of the clay, and the surface properties that affect pH and oxidation state, control the chemistry of the water used to moisten the clay poultices and contribute the critical antibacterial agent(s) that ultimately debilitate the bacteria. PMID:19079803

  10. Mineral Surface Reactivity in teaching of Science Materials

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    Del Hoyo Martínez, Carmen

    2013-04-01

    In the last fifty years, science materials issues has required the study of air pollution, water and soil to prevent and remedy the adverse effects of waste originating from anthropogenic activity and the development of new energies and new materials. The teaching of this discipline has been marked by lectures on general lines, materials, disciplines, who explained biased objects of reality, but often forgot the task of reconstruction and integration of such visions. Moving from that model, otherwise quite static, to a dynamic relational model, would in our view, a real revolution in education. This means taking a systematic approach to complex both in interpreting reality and in favor when learning. Children relationships are as important or more than single objects, and it is to discover fundamental organizational principles of phenomena we seek to interpret or in other words, find the pattern that connects. Thus, we must work on relationships and also take into account the relation between the observer and the observed. Educate about relationships means that studies should always be considered within a framework of probabilities, not absolute certainties. This model of systemic thinking, dealing with complexity, is a possibility to bring coherence to our educational work, because the complexity is not taught, complexity is live, so that complex thinking is extended (and fed) in a form educate complex. It is the task of teaching to help people move from level to level of decision reviews. This means that systems thinking should be extended in a local action, action that engages the individual and the environment. Science Materials has emerged as a discipline of free choice for pupils attending chemical engineering which has been assigned 6.0 credits. The chemical engineer's professional profile within the current framework is defined as a professional knowledge as a specialization technical / functional, working in a learning organization and the formation of which enables him to continuous innovation. Different materials are used in the adsorption and improvement and design of new adsorbents, most of whom remain under patent, so they do not know the procedures and products used, but in all cases the safety and / or biodegradability of materials used is an important issue in their choice for environmental applications. In regard to materials, safe and low cost must be mentioned clays and clay minerals, whose colloidal properties, ease of generating structural changes, abundance in nature, and low cost make them very suitable for adsorption chemical contaminants. We proposed to use these materials to show the different aspects for the study of the Science Materials. References -del Hoyo, C. (2007b). Layered Double Hydroxides and human health: An overview. Applied Clay Science. 36, 103-121. -Konta, J. (1995). Clay and man: Clay raw materials in the service of man. Applied Clay Science. 10, 275-335. -Volzone, C. (2007). Retention of pollutant gases: Comparison between clay minerals and their modified products. Applied Clay Science. 36, 191-196.

  11. Effect of red clay on diesel bioremediation and soil bacterial community.

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    Jung, Jaejoon; Choi, Sungjong; Hong, Hyerim; Sung, Jung-Suk; Park, Woojun

    2014-08-01

    Red clay is a type of soil, the red color of which results from the presence of iron oxide. It is considered an eco-friendly material, with many industrial, cosmetic, and architectural uses. A patented method was applied to red clay in order to change its chemical composition and mineral bioavailability. The resulting product was designated processed red clay. This study evaluates the novel use of red clay and processed red clay as biostimulation agents in diesel-contaminated soils. Diesel biodegradation was enhanced in the presence of red clay and processed red clay by 4.9- and 6.7-fold, respectively, and the number of culturable bacterial cells was correlated with the amount of diesel biodegradation. The growth of Acinetobacter oleivorans DR1, Pseudomonas putida KT2440, and Cupriavidus necator was promoted by both types of red clays. Culture-independent community analysis determined via barcoded pyrosequencing indicated that Nocardioidaceae, Xanthomonadaceae, Pseudomonadaceae, and Caulobacteraceae were enriched by diesel contamination. Bacterial strain isolation from naphthalene- and liquid paraffin-amended media was affiliated with enriched taxa based on 16S rRNA gene sequence identity. We suggest that the biostimulating mechanism of red clay and processed red clay is able to support bacterial growth without apparent selection for specific bacterial species. PMID:24743885

  12. Removal of waterborne microorganisms by filtration using clay-polymer complexes.

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    Undabeytia, Tomas; Posada, Rosa; Nir, Shlomo; Galindo,