Origins, Evolution and Metamorphism

  • Alain Meunier
  • Bruce Velde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Alain Meunier, Bruce Velde
    Pages 1-2
  3. Alain Meunier, Bruce Velde
    Pages 3-62
  4. Alain Meunier, Bruce Velde
    Pages 63-143
  5. Alain Meunier, Bruce Velde
    Pages 145-187
  6. Alain Meunier, Bruce Velde
    Pages 189-248
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-287

About this book


It is our pleasure to present this large body of information and thoughts of many mineral scientists which has accumulated over decades. Illite is a mineral that has been discovered relatively recently, even though it has great importance in the geological cycles of weathering, sedimentation and burial. Illite is the major potassium mineral among silicates in the surface environment. Potassium represents the only alkaline metal, to be bound in silicate structures during the great chemical reshuffling called weathering. The weathering environment is one of strong chemical segregation, where Si and AI become the resistant, of silicate rocks. Iron forms an oxide and potassium forms residual elements the stable clay illite. Then Si and Al form smectites and kaolinite. Sodium, calcium and to a large extent magnesium are extracted from the solids as dissolved ionic species of the altering fluids. Ca and Mg are reintroduced into solid minerals via carbonate precipitation, and Na remains to make the sea saline. This mineral has been difficult to study because it is of fine grain size, as are all clays: 2 pm in diameter. Illite, along with other clays, had to wait to be discovered until a useful method of X-ray detection became available. With such a tool clays, whose definition was initially based upon the resolving power of an optical microscope (2 ]. lm), could be efficiently investigated. In fact the study of illite parallels the use and development of X -ray diffraction techniques.


Sediment clay minerals environmental problems geology kinetics mineralogy natural resources petrography sedimentary rock smectite soil

Authors and affiliations

  • Alain Meunier
    • 1
  • Bruce Velde
    • 2
  1. 1.UMR 6532 CNRS, HYDRASA LaboratoryUniversity of PoitiersPoitiersFrance
  2. 2.Geology Laboratory UMR 8538 CNRSEcole Normale SupérieureParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05806-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-07850-1
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