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Clays in the Critical Zone


  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107136670

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  • Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant natural reactive solids on the Earth's surface. This comprehensive review considers clay science in the context of the Critical Zone - the Earth's permeable near-surface layer. Providing information on clays and clay minerals related to geological, biological and material sciences in the Critical Zone, it's well suited for graduate students and researchers interested in clay science, and environmental and soil mineralogy. The book starts with an introduction to clays and clay minerals, their historic background, and a review of how clay science impacts the Critical Zone. Examples and applications demonstrate how clays regulate habitats and determine the availability of other resources. These examples are supported by quantitative field data, including numerical and graphical depictions of clay and clay mineral occurrences. The book concludes by covering Critical Zone clay geochemistry and clay sequences, including the industrial, synthetic medical and extra-terrestrial world of clay science.

    • Balances theoretical and descriptive explanations of clay properties and the methods used to study clays, giving a comprehensive overview
    • Extensive online resources are available, including equations and data, information on key historical figures in clay and Critical Zone science, and colour versions of figures
    • Uses clay science as a unifying principle to approach Critical Zone science, making it relevant to a range of disciplines including geology, biology, engineering and ecology
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    'Clays in the Critical Zone assembles an impressive amount of theory and practice from widely dispersed disciplines and important primary sources, including case studies. The result is a thorough, integrated treatment of all the ideas and methods necessary to satisfy expectations raised by the title. Professor Paul Schroeder's considerable experience with the methods and their applications, and with supervising student work using those methods, has prepared him well for identifying and successfully explaining many nuances of the analytical methods and interpretive approaches, and the results they produce.' Michael Velbel, Michigan State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107136670
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 162 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What are clays and what it the Critical Zone?
    2. History of clay and Critical Zone science
    3. Characterization of clays
    4. Critical Zone clay geochemistry
    5. Critical Zone clay sequences

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    Paul A. Schroeder, University of Georgia
    Paul A. Schroeder is a Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Georgia. Previously he has held the positions of President of the Clay Minerals Society and co-director of the Georgia Electron Microscopy Lab. His research focuses on the study of clays and clay minerals using NMR spectroscopy, Fourier transform IR and Raman spectroscopy, radiogenic, cosmogenic and stable isotopes, chemical and thermal analyses, and X-ray and electron diffraction.

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