Many of the ‘classic’ books about clay minerals are ageing a little. These books are still valid and in use but much information has been collected and some important concepts have been discussed more deeply since they were published. Thus, the timing of this new monograph on clays is good. It appears to be the translation of the French version, ‘Argiles’, published in 2003 by Editions Scientifiques GB and the Société Géologique de France. The author has made a great effort to address most of the clay-related topics that one can find in the literature, with the exception of...

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