Fundamental particles and the advancement of geosciences; response to Implications of TEM data for the concept of fundamental particles

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Authors:Nadeau, P. H.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
McGill University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Canada
Volume Title:XRD and electron-microscopy investigations of layer silicates
Volume Authors:Martin, R. F., editor
Source:The Canadian Mineralogist, Vol.36(Part 6), p.1409-1414; 11th international clay conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 1997, edited by R. F. Martin. Publisher: Mineralogical Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada. ISSN: 0008-4476
Publication Date:1998
Note:In English with French summary. For reference to original see Peacor, D. R., The Canada Mineralogist, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 1397-1408, 1998. 18 refs.; illus.
Summary:In a scientific response to suggested modifications of the fundamental particle theory for clay minerals, and limitations regarding its usage in the literature, the originator of the theory demonstrates that such modifications are unnecessary and potentially harmful to the communication of research results. The value of this mineralogical model, as well as its physical description of compex clay mineral properties in diagenetic and other environments, would be compromised or unduly restricted by adopting the suggested criteria for its usage. In the absence of a demonstrably better alternative model it is recommended that the fundamental particle hypothesis have priority as it provides a quantitative, verified and independently validated basis from which to evaluate the nature, behaviour and origin of clay minerals in a variety of geological settings. [R.A.H.]
Sections:Clay minerals
Subsections:Techniques; structure; properties
Subjects:Clay mineralogy; Clay minerals; Crystallites; Diagenesis; Electron microscopy data; Mixed-layer minerals; Nomenclature; Sheet silicates; Silicates; Smectite; X-ray diffraction data; Fundamental particles; MacEwan Crystallites
Abstract Numbers:00M/2372
Record ID:1999046668
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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