Leaching of clay minerals in a limestone environment

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
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Water saturated with CO2 at about 25°C was percolated through mixed beds of limestone or marble fragments and montmorillonite, “illite” and kaolinite in polyethylene tubes for six and fortyfive complete runs. The leachates were analysed for SiO2, A12O3 and Fe2O3, but only SiO2 was found. The minerals lost SiO2 in this order: montmorillonite > kaolinite > “illite”. The differential removal of SiO2 during the short period of these experiments suggests a mechanism for the accumulation of bauxite deposits associated with limestones.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Leaching of clay minerals in a limestone environment
Series title Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI 10.1016/0016-7037(59)90048-1
Volume 16
Issue 1-3
Year Published 1959
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Description 5 p.
First page 83
Last page 87
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