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A size control for quartz silt (making particulates at planetary surfaces)

Ian Smalley / Claudio Vita-Finzi
Published Online: 2011-03-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10085-010-0034-3


Quartz silt is widespread in terrestrial sediments [1]. Its ubiquity has led to its neglect as a geomaterial, and studies of silt as such are relatively rare, but it presents an interesting and continuing petrological problem. Is silt a specific geological material, is it defined by a formation process, and a set of size parameters? In the world of clastic quartz sedimentology there are obvious mode sizes; there is a sand mode at around 300–500 μm and a silt mode, an order of magnitude smaller, at 30–50 μm. Are these both defined by specific geological processes?

Keywords: quartz silt; formation mechanism; Mars sediments

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Published Online: 2011-03-27

Published in Print: 2011-03-01

Citation Information: Open Geosciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 37–38, ISSN (Online) 2391-5447, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10085-010-0034-3.

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