Clay Mineral Content of Gulf Coast Outcrop Samples

L. H. Simons and M. S. Taggart Jr.
Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, Texas

Abstract: Clay samples were taken from formations outcropping between Corpus Christi and Uvalde, Texas, during the annual field trip of the Corpus Christi Geological Society in 1953. The geologic age of the formations sampled ranges from Quaternary to Upper Cretaceous. Both surface and near-surface samples were taken. The results of examination of these samples by use of x-ray diffraction and electron microscope techniques indicate marked differences in the relative proportions of montmorillonite, kaolinite, and illite. Comparison of surface and near-surface samples indicates the probable course of weathering.

Clays and Clay Minerals; 1953 v. 2; no. 1; p. 104-110; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1953.0020108
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