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Vocabulary Term Details

Clay minerals

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_minerals)

Clay minerals are hydrous aluminium phyllosilicates, sometimes with variable amounts of iron, magnesium, alkali metals, alkaline earths, and other cations. Clays form flat hexagonal sheets similar to the micas. Clay minerals are common weathering products (including weathering of feldspar) and low temperature hydrothermal alteration products. Clay minerals are very common in fine grained sedimentary rocks such as shale, mudstone, and siltstone and in fine grained metamorphic slate and phyllite. (Wikipedia)

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Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
Minerals
Allophane
Halloysite
Illites
Imogolite
Kaolinite
Montmorillonites
Palygorskite
Smectites
Vermiculites
Clay
Clay soils

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Approved Date
24-Oct-2012

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