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Ostwald ripening of clays and metamorphic minerals

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Abstract

Analyses of particle size distributions indicate that clay minerals and other diagenetic and metamorphic minerals commonly undergo recrystallization by Ostwald ripening. The shapes of their particle size distributions can yield the rate law for this process. One consequence of Ostwald ripening is that a record of the recrystallization process is preserved in the various particle sizes. Therefore, one can determine the detailed geologic history of clays and other recrystallized minerals by separating, from a single sample, the various particle sizes for independent chemical, structural, and isotopic analyses.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Ostwald ripening of clays and metamorphic minerals
Series title:
Science
Volume
248
Issue:
4954
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
474
Last page:
477
Number of Pages:
4