This substantial, hardbound book forms the conference volume for the 12th International Clay Conference held in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in July 2001, the first time the AIPEA conference has been held in Latin America.

The title, a pun on Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 landmark science fiction classic (2001. A Space Odyssey), reflects the organizers’ hopes for the development of clay science in the new century and its potential importance in improving the standard of living in both the developed and developing world. ‘Odyssey’ indicates a long, wandering and eventful journey, immortalized in Homer’s epic poem, but could also...

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