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Book looks at clay science in ‘Critical Zone’

Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant natural reactive solids on the Earth’s surface.

Written by UGA faculty member Paul Schroeder, Clays in the Critical Zone considers clay science in the context of the Critical Zone, the Earth’s permeable near-surface layer. 

The book starts with an introduction to clays and clay minerals, their historic background and a review of how clay science impacts the Critical Zone. Examples and applications demonstrate how clays regulate habitats and determine the availability of other resources. These examples are supported by quantitative field data, including numerical and graphical depictions of clay and clay mineral occurrences. The book concludes by covering Critical Zone clay geochemistry and clay sequences, including the industrial, synthetic medical and extra-terrestrial world of clay science.

Schroeder is a professor in the geology department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.