Clay Minerals as Indicators of Provenance and Paleoclimate in Sedimentary Environments

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2022) | Viewed by 1256

Special Issue Editors

Environmental Management Group, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 03828-000, Brazil
Interests: clay minerals; shale characterization; sedimentary provenance and paleoclimate proxies; diagenesis and geochronology in sedimentary basins; clay interaction with natural and anthropic fluids; carbon dioxide capture and geological storage
Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo, Praça do Oceanográfico, 191, São Paulo, SP 05508-120, Brazil
Interests: paleomagnetism; applied marine geophysics; stratigraphic methods; paleoclimatology and paleoceanography
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Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311, USA
Interests: clay diagenesis; unconventional oil/gas exploration; sedimentary environments; paleoclimatology and environment change in the western America; sedimentation and geomechanical properties of sediments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Continental, transitional, and marine sedimentary environments occupy large areas on the Earth’s surface, and their deposits contain clay minerals as constituents in varying proportions. These minerals are important because they interact with environmental conditions where they were formed, regardless of whether they come from a source area outside the depositional site (detrital clay mineral) or are formed in the depositional environment itself (authigenic clay mineral). The interactions between the clay minerals and the environment are recorded by the mineralogical, textural, geochemical, paleontological, paleomagnetic, and isotopic properties, whose characterization allows the recognition of their chemical or physical weathering origin, widely controlled by the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, sedimentary provenance, transport, and depositional processes. The integration of various methodologies, including the investigation of relationships among topography, erosion, tectonic, and reconstructions of paleogeographic and paleoclimatic contexts, represents an innovative approach in order to contribute, at local, regional, or global scales, to the understanding of the Earth’s surface processes and internal dynamics.

For this Special Issue, we invite you to publish your data on clay minerals that are indicators of provenance and paleoclimate in sedimentary deposits through geological times, aiming to improve the body of information on the history and surface dynamics of the planet.

Dr. Lucy Gomes Sant'Anna
Prof. Dr. Luigi Jovane
Dr. Junhua Adam Guo
Guest Editors

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  • clay associations
  • clay minerals
  • terrigenous sediment
  • marine sedimentary environment
  • continental sedimentary environment
  • drainage basin
  • source-to-sink
  • transitional (estuary, delta) environment
  • sortable silt
  • marine circulation
  • provenance of sediments
  • paleosoil
  • paleohydrology/paleohumidity
  • paleoclimate
  • climate change
  • diagenesis
  • tectonic
  • steady state processes
  • authigenic
  • sedimentary basin
  • paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • paleogeography
  • mineralogy
  • X-ray diffraction
  • geochemistry
  • isotopic (stable and radiogenic) analysis

Published Papers

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