Concentration of Dioctahedral Mica and Vermiculite Using a Fluoride Solution

C. I. Rich
Department of Agronomy Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va

Abstract: A solution containing fluoride (0.4 n NH4F, 0.1 n HCl, n NH4Cl), permits the concentration of dioctahedral mica end dioctahedral vermiculite in mixed clay systems. Allophane, halloysite, kaolinite, and in particular, Mg-rich montmorillonite, biotite, and vermiculite of clay size, are destroyed in 24–48 hr at room temperature. A salt-free, NH4-saturated sample, weighing 80 mg, is shaken in 80 ml of the fluoride solution. The residue is washed with water and X-ray diffraction patterns made.

The method has use in characterizing some of the 2:1 layer silicates in clays. Anatase, if present, is also concentrated and is more positively identified by X-ray diffraction.

Clays and Clay Minerals; 1966 v. 14; no. 1; p. 91-98; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1966.0140108
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