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Current and future trends in clay mineralogy; a review

G. W. Brindley
Current and future trends in clay mineralogy; a review
Clay Minerals (December 1976) 11 (4): 257-268


Progress in science is not a linear function of time but resembles more closely a sigmoidal process in which new trends depend on the nucleation of new ideas and the re-activation of older studies. New and improved instruments, particularly electron microscopes and microprobes, infrared spectrometers and atomic absorption analysers have been the nucleating agents for many new lines of investigation. The interdisciplinary nature of clay mineralogy makes communication between different areas of study very important and the clay mineral societies have an important part to play in this respect. In the future, renewed efforts to obtain a convenient and reliable method of quantitative mineral analysis are likely to be made. Crystal structure analysis will be directed increasingly towards the study of order and disorder in cation distributions, layer charges, and layer stacking arrangements. Studies of domain structures in layer silicates will continue, and further refinements in mixed-layer structure analysis can be expected. Infrared spectroscopic analysis will increasingly become a major tool. The study of clay mineral synthesis and alteration in nature and in the laboratory shows signs of important re-activation. Clay-organic studies are developing in many directions.

ISSN: 0009-8558
Serial Title: Clay Minerals
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Current and future trends in clay mineralogy; a review
Author(s): Brindley, G. W.
Pages: 257-268
Published: 197612
Text Language: English
Summary Language: French
Summary Language: German
Summary Language: Spanish
Publisher: Mineralogical Society, London, United Kingdom
References: 47
Accession Number: 1977-029833
Categories: Sedimentary petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Update Code: 1977
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