A large number of research papers and book articles are published each year on the topic of clay minerals and their accessory phases in clay-bearing soils, sediments and rocks. These publications commonly use mineral abbreviations to save valuable journal space in the text, tables and figures. Despite the existence of an established convention for abbreviating rock-forming minerals (Kretz, 1983), there is still a wide range of symbols used in the clay minerals community that often follow no common set of rules. Normalizing these abbreviations will help to bring more clarity and consistency to research papers.

Kretz (1983)...

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