Mineralogy of Particulate Matter Suspended in Sea Water

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Science  09 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3680, pp. 179-180
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3680.179


X-ray diffraction analysis of the particulate matter of water samples from the Caribbean Sea, one from the surface and one from a depth of 768 meters, shows that the material has a mineral composition comparable to that found in deep-sea sediments of the area. The minerals found in the water samples include illite, the most abundant clay; kaolinite; chlorite; talc; mixed-layer clay; quartz; feldspar; and amphibole. Kaolinite and chlorite are more abundant relative to illite in the sediments than in the suspended material.