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A method for the disaggregation of mudstones

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Aplin


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We describe a method which effectively and gently disaggregates muds and mudstones by combining a saturation-freeze-thaw technique with treatment by ultrasonic probe. The method works well far samples containing <5% TOC and which have been buried to depths less than about 3500 m. It does not work for samples strongly cemented with carbonates or silicates. Scanning electron micrographs of size fractions and the strong mineralogical segregation between size fractions are offered as evidence of complete disaggregation.

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Author(s): Yang YL, Aplin AC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sedimentology

Year: 1997

Volume: 44

Issue: 3

Pages: 559-562

Print publication date: 28/06/1998

ISSN (print): 0037-0746

ISSN (electronic): 1365-3091


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3091.1997.d01-37.x


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