Diagenetic origin of quartz silt in mudstones and implications for silica cycling

@article{Schieber2000DiageneticOO,
  title={Diagenetic origin of quartz silt in mudstones and implications for silica cycling},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Schieber and David h. Krinsley and Lee R. Riciputi},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={406},
  pages={981-985}
}
Mudstone—the most abundant sedimentary rock type, composed primarily of clay- or silt-sized particles—contains most of the quartz found in sedimentary rocks. These quartz grains, which are chemically and mechanically resistant and therefore preserve their characteristics well, have long been considered to be derived from the continental crust. Here we analyse quartz silt from black shales in the eastern USA, dating back to the Late Devonian period (about 370 million years ago), using… 

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