The nature of water in hydrous silica.

L. P. Knauth, S. Epstein

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The nature of water in hydrous silica (Monterey diatomite) was studied by measuring the H-isotopes of successive water increments evolved while heating silica to 1000oC under vacuum. The exchangeable water is indistinguishable from other water, but at >700oC, water evolved from hydroxyl groups may preserve a geologically useful isotopic record.-K.A.R.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-520
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Knauth, L. P., & Epstein, S. (1982). The nature of water in hydrous silica. American Mineralogist, 67(5-6), 510-520.