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Scanning electron microscopy of clays and clay minerals

January 1, 1971

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) proves to be ideally suited for studying the configuration, texture, and fabric of clay samples. Growth mechanics of crystalline units—interpenetration and interlocking of crystallites, crystal habits, twinning, helical growth, and topotaxis—also are uniquely revealed by the SEM.

Authigenic kaolins make up the bulk of the examples because their larger crystallite size, better crystallinity, and open texture make them more suited to examination by the SEM than most other clay mineral types.

Publication Year 1971
Title Scanning electron microscopy of clays and clay minerals
DOI 10.1346/CCMN.1971.0190105
Authors B.F. Bohor, R.E. Hughes
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Clays and Clay Minerals
Index ID 70010409
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse