Detecting Compositional Variations in Fine-Grained Sediments by Transmission Electron Microanalysis

  • P. J. Kershaw


Clay material, by definition, is composed of very small particles which are difficult to separate out individually. This initially delayed the identification of the mineral constituents of soils and fine-grained sediments although ‘the ancients’ were able to identify varieties of ‘earths’ by the properties they exhibited (Theophrastus, ca 300 BC, in Mackenzie, 1975) and subsequently these differences were found to be expressions of minera-logical variations.


Clay Mineral Compositional Variation Reference Mineral Bulk Chemical Analysis Asbestos Fibre 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Kershaw
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  1. 1.Directorate of Fisheries Research, Fisheries LaboratoryMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodLowestoft, SuffolkUK

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