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X-Ray Diffraction and the Identification and Analysis of Clay Minerals

Second Edition

Duane M. Moore and Robert C. Reynolds, Jr.

Publication Date - 13 February 1997

ISBN: 9780195087130

400 pages
Spiral Bound
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


This successful text/reference, now in a new edition, explores the applications and limitations of data produced by the interaction of X-rays with clay minerals. This edition pays particular attention to integrating the mineralogy of soils and features a new chapter on disorder and polytypes. Chapter Four, from the first edition, has been expanded and split into two chapters, "Structure and Properties: General Treatment" and "Structure, Nonmenclature, and Occurrences of Clay Minerals." Essential in agriculture, geology, and in making informed engineering decisions, this text offers the necessary information on the properties of these minerals, combining theoretical discussion with recipe-like directions for laboratory procedures. Ideal for students who have completed introductory geology, chemistry, and mineralogy courses, this text can also be used as a reference for researchers and workers in industry.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 1989

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and Historical Background
    2. Nature and Production of X-Rays
    3. X-Ray Diffraction
    4. Structure and Properties: General Treatment
    5. * Structure, Nomenclature, and Occurrences of Individual Clay Minerals
    6. Sample Preparation Techniques for Clay Minerals
    7. Identification of Clay Minerals and Associated Minerals
    8. Identification of Mixed-Layered Clay Minerals
    9. Quantitative Analysis
    10. * Disorder in Smectite, Illite/Smectite, and Illite
    Appendix: Modeling One-Dimensional X-Ray Patterns

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