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Clay mineralogy

Code: 44119
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Darko Tibljaš - Lectures
Lecturers: Zvonka Gverić, mag. geol. - Practicum
Štefica Kampić, dipl.inž. - Practicum
prof. dr. sc. Darko Tibljaš - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Definition of clays and clay minerals, division of clay minerals, properties of clays. Structures, chemistry and occurrences of different clay minerals groups (kaolinite, serpentinite, micas, vermiculite, smectite, chlorite, interstratified clays). Methods of sample preparation: rock disaggregation, chemical treatment, fraction separation, sample preparation. Methods for clay minerals analysis: X-ray powder diffraction method (qualitative and quantitative analysis). Methods for clay minerals analysis: thermal methods, infra-red spectroscopy, electron microscopy. Clay minerals genesis, clay minerals transformations during digenesis and low-grade metamorphosis, Kübler and Árkai indices. Usage of clays.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding of basic crystallochemical characteristics of clay minerals, and their genesis.
Knowledge and understanding of most common procedures and methods of clay minerals analysis.
Capability for separation of clay fraction. Capability for performing qualitative phase analysis on the basis of recorded X-ray powder patterns by using appropriate software and literature data.
Capability for logical thinking and for preparing written investigation report.
  1. Moore, D.M. & Reynolds, R.C. (1997): X-ray diffraction and the identification and analysis of Clay Minerals, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 378 str.
  2. Brindley, G.W. & Brown, G. (1980): Crystal structures of clay minerals and their X-ray identification. Mineralogical Society, London, 495 str.
2. semester
Izborni kolegiji za Geologiju zaštite okoliša (ljetni semestar) - Mandatory studij - Environmental Geology

4. semester
Izborni kolegiji za Geologiju zaštite okoliša (ljetni semestar) - Mandatory studij - Environmental Geology
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