Clay mineralogy of the Boda Claystone Formation (Mecsek Mts., SW Hungary)

Tibor Németh, Zoltán Máthé, Péter Pekker, István Dódony, Viktória Kovács-Kis, Péter Sipos, Ildikó Cora, Ivett Kovács

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Boda Claystone Formation (BCF) is the host rock of the planned site for high level nuclear waste repository inHungary. Samples representing the dominant rock types of BCF were studied: albitic claystone, claystone with high illite content, and analcime bearing claystone. Clay minerals in these three rock types were characterized by Xray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermal analysis (DTA-TG), and the results were discussed from the point of view of the radionuclide sorption properties being studied in the future. Mineral compositions of bulk BCF samples vary in wide ranges. In the albitic sample, besides the dominant illite, few percent of chlorite represents the layer silicates in the clay fraction. Illite is the dominating phase in the illitic sample, with a few percent of chlorite. HRTEM study revealed that the thickness of illite particles rarely reaches 10 layers, usually are of 5-6 TOT layer thick. Illite crystals are generally thicker in the albitic sample than in the illitic one. The significant difference between the clay mineral characterisitics of the analcimous and the other two samples is that the former contains regularly interstratified chlorite/smectite beside the dominant illite. Based on the structural and chemical data two illite type minerals are present in the BCF samples: 1M polytype containing octahedral Fe and Mg besides Al, 2M polytype illite generally is free of Fe andMg. Close association of very thin illite plates and nanosized hematite crystals is typical textural feature for BCF. The goal of this study is to provide solid mineralogical basis for further studies focusing on radionuclide sorption properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-274
Number of pages16
JournalOpen Geosciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016


  • analcime
  • hematite
  • illite polytypes
  • nuclear waste repository

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Németh, T., Máthé, Z., Pekker, P., Dódony, I., Kovács-Kis, V., Sipos, P., Cora, I., & Kovács, I. (2016). Clay mineralogy of the Boda Claystone Formation (Mecsek Mts., SW Hungary). Open Geosciences, 8(1), 259-274.