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Identification of a lithium-bearing smectite from Spor Mountain, Utah

May 1, 1973

Chemical analyses, X-ray diffraction data, and cation exchange determinations are given for a lithium-bearing smectite. The X-ray data and Greene-Kelly's lithium test indicate the presence of both dioctahedral and trioctahedral phases. The exchange determinations indicate that the lithium is in the structure of the clay, and the chemical data are intermediate between those for hectorite and montmorillonite. All data indicate that the clay is a mixture of hectorite and montmorillonite.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1973
Title Identification of a lithium-bearing smectite from Spor Mountain, Utah
DOI
Authors Harry C. Starkey, Wayne Mountjoy
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Series Number
Index ID 70161655
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization