Regularly Interstratified Montmorillonite-Chlorite in Basalt

J. W. Earley and I. H. Milne1
Gulf Research & Development Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 Publication authorized by Executive Vice-President, Gulf Research & Development Company.

Abstract: The dominant clay mineral in an amygdaloidal basalt from Mozambique is a mixed-layer variety having a highly regular alternation of montmorillonite-like and chlorite-like layers. The montmorillonite-chlorite occurs in the amygdules as green rosettes having a fine fibrous structure.

X-ray examination of this mineral shows a long spacing of about 29 A in air and a fairly well-developed sequence of basal spacings. The long spacing shows some variation which is dependent on the relative humidity of the air surrounding the sample. The montmorillonite-like layers expand with glycerol and contract with heat treatment similar to montmorillonite, while the chlorite-like layers show modified reflection intensities on heating similar to chlorite. The mineral shows a 31.7 A spacing when glycerol saturated and a 23.3 A spacing when fully dehydrated.

Clays and Clay Minerals; 1955 v. 4; no. 1; p. 381-384; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1955.0040142
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