Clay Mineral Composition of Sediments in Some Desert Lakes in Nevada, California, and Oregon

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Science  16 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3468, pp. 1928
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3468.1928


X-ray analyses of some Recent desert lacustrine sediments in Nevada, California, and Oregon show that illite and montmorillonite are the most abundant clay minerals and that chlorite and kaolinite are present in subordinate amounts in the sediments of many of the lakes. These clay suites are derived from source rocks.