The Origin of Clay Minerals in Soils and Weathered Rocks

  • Bruce Velde
  • Alain Meunier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Bruce Velde, Alain Meunier
    Pages 113-142
  3. Bruce Velde, Alain Meunier
    Pages 241-281
  4. Bruce Velde, Alain Meunier
    Pages 301-319
  5. Bruce Velde, Alain Meunier
    Pages 321-351
  6. Bruce Velde, Alain Meunier
    Pages 321-351
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 353-406

About this book


Of course such a book as we propose here is not the product of just two people working together, although the experience has been a great pleasure for us. We would like to thank our many collaborators and students who have encouraged our effort by their, often, sharp criticism. We hope that we have used their comments to good effect. Es- cially we would like to thank Pierre Barré for his help, enthusiasm and consent for the use of much of his thesis material in formulating the last chapter of the book. Dominique Righi was instrumental in giving us ideas, useful comments and vigorous debate for a great number of our ideas and during the periods of formulation of our conclusions. Our approach is from mineral chemistry and hence has greatly benefited from disc- sions with people who know soils and plants. The project of this book was realized and encouraged with the help of Wolfgang Engel who, unfortunately is not with us to see its finalization. We greatly regret his passing. This book is not in the general pattern of accepted knowledge and analysis of the phenomena which affect the occurrence of clays in the surface environment. We stress the role of plants at the bio-interface and the importance of microsystems at the water/ rock interface. We believe that the literature at our and anyone’s disposal shows that the system of clay formation and reaction is highly dynamic, especially at the surface.


Geoinformationssysteme Transport biosphere interface chemical systems clay minerals ecosystem environment soil soils weathering processes

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce Velde
    • 1
  • Alain Meunier
    • 2
  1. 1.Département Terre-Atmosphère-Océan, Laboratoire de GéologieEcole Normale Supérieure (ENS)Paris Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Université de Poitiers UMR 6532 HydrASA – Bâtiment GéologiePoitiers CedexFrance

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