Published: November 1989
"Clays, Muds, and Shales" is a lifetime labor by a dedicated, creative, hard-working clay mineralogist, who has always had opinions and always expressed them freely. The book itself contains 820 pages, 78 tables, 325 figures, and over 1600 references. Chapter 9, "Evolution of Physils and Continents," is the longest of the book, 142 pages, and is amazing in its scope - a review of physils on all the continents from the Pecambrian to the present, data permitting. In its scope, this chapter has no counterpart in texts about sandstones and carbonates. The technical aspects of (Clays, Muds, and Shales) are rich with tables of chemical data and structural formulae, numerous stability diagrams, many scanning electron microscope photos, and some transmission electron microscope images. The author makes use of isotopic data and K-Ar dating of clay minerals, as one would expect from a clay mineralogist. In addition, many maps show the distribution of clay minerals in sedimentary basins, and graphs show their vertical variations downhole or along an estuary. In other words, the book is rich in case histories. The text itself is well written and carefully edited. What we have in (Clays, Muds, and Shales) is a remarkable one-man effort that spans most of argillaceous sediments and rocks, a book that represents a lifetime of dedicated, intense effort ....
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