clay mineral

noun

Definition of clay mineral

: any of a group of hydrous silicates of aluminum and sometimes other metals formed chiefly in weathering processes and occurring especially in clay and shale

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Recent Examples on the Web Orbiters circling Mars have detected a clay mineral called nontronite, which is found close to the actual Nontron on Earth, within this area on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Mar. 2021 Or how kaolinite, a clay mineral, is used to make paper and ceramics and kitty litter? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 14 Dec. 2020 The clay minerals present in those rocks on the Martian surface could be similar to those in the ocean rock cracks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Apr. 2020 The forgers also sprinkled the forgeries with clay mineral dust—similar in composition to that found in the Qumran Caves—after the inking in an attempt to cover up the fact that old leather had been used instead of parchment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Mar. 2020 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Sep. 2019 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Sep. 2019 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Sep. 2019 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clay mineral

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Clay mineral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clay%20mineral. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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