Clay minerals are the most abundant minerals on Earth. Widely used in building materials and industry, they are components of bricks, concrete, and ceramics; they impart whiteness to paper; they serve as catalysts in chemical processes, fillers in pharmaceuticals, and stabilizing agents in the disposal of toxic and radioactive wastes; and they indicate the location of petroleum and natural gas reservoirs. Furthermore, a knowledge of the properties of these minerals is essential in agriculture and in making informed engineering decisions. In this text, the authors explore the applications and limitations of data produced by the interaction of X-rays with crystalline minerals. The treatment is informal but rigorous, combining theoretical discussion with recipe-like directions for laboratory procedures.
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Duane M. Moore, Clay Mineralogist, Illinois State Geological Survey. Robert C. Reynolds, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College.Review:
"This book is useful in linking X-ray diffraction theory and practice to its applications in clay chemistry and mineralogy . . . . This book will serve as a useful advanced student text and laboratory manual, and is refreshingly simple in its conversational style." --Chemistry in Britain
". . .altogether admirable. . .if ever a book is going to be a winner with students this is it! . . .Highly recommended for all clay mineralogists. . . .readable and lucidly written. . . .the book will enable the reader to get the most out of the X-ray examination of clay minerals." --Clay Minerals
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