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Warren D. Huff

Warren D. Huff
Huff's Research
Department of Geology
Clay Mineralogy

Dr. Huff’s training and expertise involves the study of the mineralogy and geochemistry of clay. His research has focused on topics ranging from the mineralogy and geochemistry of Paleozoic K-bentonites and their application to the solution of tectonomagmatic and regional stratigraphic problems to Quaternary clays in glacial environments. The mineralogy and geographic distribution of clays in surficial sediment largely reflects the distribution of source lithologies and the local origin of the clays. In many glacial deposits the clay fraction formed as rock ‘flour’, built up of primary minerals, typical for the original rocks but more or less chemically weathered. Similarly, the content and distribution of the rare earth elements (REE) in the clays are strongly influenced by environmental factors. Under neutral and alkaline conditions the REE are accumulated by adsorption on clay minerals, and by increasing the hydrogen ion concentration the adsorbed ions are readily removed.

QARG Publications
Huff, W.D. 1974. Mineralogy and Provenance of Pleistocene Lake Clay in an Alpine Region: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 85, p. 1455-1460.

Huff, W.D. 1989. Pleistocene varves and related sediments; Lac du Trieves, Drac Valley, southeastern France: Geologie Alpine, v. 65, p. 75-104.

Cetin, K., and Huff, W.D. 1995. Characterization of untreated and alkylammonium ion exchanged illite/smectite by high resolution transmission electron microscopy: Clays and Clay Minerals, v. 43, p. 337-345.