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Type: Book chapter
Title: Titanium and zirconium minerals
Author: Fitzpatrick, R.
Chittleborough, D.
Citation: Soil Mineralogy with Environmental Applications, 2002, vol.7, pp.667-690
Publisher: Soil Science Society of America
Publisher Place: America
Issue Date: 2002
Series/Report no.: Soil Science Society of America book series ; no. 7
ISBN: 0891188398
Abstract: Titanium (Tr) is the ninth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and zirconium (Zr) is the 20th. This chapter covers the major properties of the Ti and Zr minerals and the processes of their formation. It also covers the theory and assumptions underlying the use of residual, altered residual and authigenic Ti and Zr minerals as indicators of contemporary and ancient weathering processes. The chapter discusses the various aspects of Ti and Zr minerals, including structure, composition, morphology, chemical and physical properties, and environmental significance. It presents a discussion on the separation and identification techniques that have proven useful in weathering studies. The chapter also presents several schematic diagrams and case studies in which the mineralogy of Ti- and Zr-containing minerals is used to help understand a wide range of weathering processes in soils and saprolites.
Description: Copyright (c) 2002 by the Soil Science Society of America
DOI: 10.2136/sssabookser7.c22
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