384 pages, 177 b/w illus
The study of clay minerals is complex and yet central to disciplines such as geology, geotechnical engineering and agriculture. The main problem concerns the identification and characterization of what are usually fine-grained, complex mixtures of grains with varying physical and chemical properties. This book, looks at those advanced techniques which are gradually developing into routine methods - the spectroscopic and chemical methods. This book should be of interest to academic and industrial mineralogists, chemists and geochemists in earth sciences, soil science, geotechnical engineering, mineral exploration, agriculture, environmental monitoring and the oil industry; and advanced students in the above disciplines.
Strikes a reasonable balance between spectroscopic concepts and analytical practice while providing a compendium of research findings specific to clay mineralogy...useful to veteran scientists as well as those seeking an introduction to certain aspects of clay science - Journal of Environmental Quality; The book is likely to prove a useful reference for those interested in clays and related mineralogical applications...this book is a useful and timely reference work - Journal of the Russell Society; An excellent book selection of a technique. It should feature on the shelf of every clay scientist. It can also be used for course work at the graduate level - Geoscientist; ...concisely, yet clearly written and is easy to read. I am sure it fulfils expectations of students and scientists wanting to use spectroscopic methods in clay research. - Geologica Carpathica - Clays.; ...for those seriously interested in clay minerals it will prove to be of great use. - Geological Magazine; ..particularly useful for those who are familiar with the problems of investigating clay minerals, but need a fresh review on appropriate spectroscopic or chemical analytical methods. This book is very well organised, and the quality of printing is excellent...institutional libraries ought to have one on hand. - The Canadian Mineralogist; ...of great value. It provides in one volume a good compilation of basic information that would otherwise be available only from a variety of different sources...I am sure that it will soon be on the shelves of many libraries and part of the book collections of clay mineralogists and soil scientists. - Mineralogical Magazine
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