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1 Chapter 2 continued 2:1 phyllosilicates Vermiculite, Mica, and Illite

2 2 Tetrahedral sheets + 1 octahedral sheet

3 Form 2:1 minerals

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5 2:1 Layer silicates with medium layer charge Vermiculitex = 1.2 – 1.8 Dioctahedral vermiculite M x,H 2 O [Si,Al] 8 [Al,Mg] 4 O 20 (OH) 4 Trioctahedral vermiculite M x,H 2 O [Si,Al] 8 [Mg] 6 O 20 (OH) 4 The name vermiculite was created from the Latin word for worm, vermiculus. This is a reference to the fact that when vermiculite is heated, it expands into wormlike shapes.

6 Vermiculite – common packing material and soil amendment

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9 Medium-charge layer silicate properties Variable layer charge CEC = cmol/kg (higher for tri- than dioctahedral) High S.A. = m 2 /g Moderately Expansive (not as bad as smectites) Non-plastic, non-sticky C-spacing = nm depending on treatment K + fixation

10 Mica (L. micare, to shine) hand samples Oven windows, cosmetics, paints, …

11 High-charge 2:1 minerals Micax = 2 Dioctahedral: MuscoviteK x [Si,Al] 8 [Al 4 ]O 20 (OH, F) 4 Paragonite Na x [Si,Al] 8 [Al 4 ]O 20 (OH, F) 4 Trioctahedral: Biotite K x [Si,Al] 8 [Mg, Fe, Al] 6 O 20 (OH, F) 4 Phlogopite K x [Si,Al] 8 [Mg 6 ]O 20 (OH, F) 4 LepidoliteK x [Si,Al] 8 [Li,Al] 6 O 20 (OH, F) 4

12 High-charge 2:1 mineral properties Source of K + in soils as they weather Non-expansive, non-sticky, non-plastic S.A. = m 2 /g (mostly external) CEC = cmol/kg c-spacing = 1.0 nm Interlayer held tightly together by K + fit in ditrigonal cavities of tetrahedral sheet

13 (100) Plane)(001) Plane Mica structure

14 pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/of01-041/htmldocs/images/illstruc.jpg

15 Illite “Hydrous mica”, “micaceous clay”, weathered mica Intermediate in formula and properties between mica and vermiculite or smectite CEC = cmol/kg S.A. = m 2 /g Fixed K+ Term goes in and out of favor; used more by geologists & engineers than soil scientists

16 pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/of01-041/htmldocs/images/illstruc.jpg

17 Hydrous Micas (Illites) Illite is essentially a group name for non-expanding, clay- sized, dioctahedral, micaceous minerals. Structurally similar to muscovite in that its basic unit is a layer composed of two inward-pointing silica tetragonal sheets with a central octahedral sheet. 2 : 1 type minerals containing sufficient interlayer K + to limit expansion on wetting. The K + content of hydrous mica is less than that of micas. Charges not neutralized by K + are countered by hydrated cations. Hydrous micas are widespread in soils. The layer thickness of hydrous micas are about 1.0 nm.

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