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What is a particle of clay?


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2006-10-23 14:00:30
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A clay crystal. Smaller than that, a clay molecule.


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clay is the smallest particle of soil

Clay particles are of colloidal dimension i.e. 1 to 2 microns .

clay has the smallest particles

Clay has less than 1/256mm so it is the smallest particle

No. Clay is the finest size of particle that can be found in sediment. Mustone is a solid rock formed from particles of clay and silt that have been cemented together.

Clay has the smallest particle size. The particles of clay soil pack so closely together that water is prevented from passing through it.

Clay is actually a description of sediment of a specific particle size. As such clay is not necessarily a rock. However when compacted and cemented clay forms claystone which is a sedimentary rock.

Silt is soil particle grains that are larger than clay, but smaller than sand. The largest soil particle grains is sand.

Clay soil is hard when dry and sticky when wet.

because there is more space around each clay particle than a sand pariticle

Silt a particle slightly is larger than clay. Also, hence the name.

It depends on what kind of clay it is, whether it be terra-cotta, stoneware, or porcelain. Each of these clays has different clay particle size. Also, it depends on how much water is in the clay. The more water, the more it will shrink in the firing process.

Judith Niechcial has written: 'A particle of clay' -- subject(s): Biography, Civil engineers

THE CLAY PARTICLEWhen we look at clay through an electron microscope, the clayparticles seen as a thin hexagonal plate, approximately 100times longer than it is thick. (Note: Richard Burkett hasplaced an image file of clay particles as seen under an electronmicroscope in another directory of the Ceramics Gopher at SDSU.)When we add the water of plasticity to the dry clay, moisturebetween the flat plates creates a surface tension attraction sothat the particles do not easily pull apart, but they slideeasily over one another. The flat shape of the clay particleand the surface tension when water is added gives the strengthand plasticity which we associate with clay in its workable state.*

The primary basis for distinguishing among various detrital sedimentary rocks is particle size. The chief constituents of these rocks are quartz and clay minerals.

Sand, definitely. It has much larger and rougher particles than silt or clay, resulting in more space between each particle, allowing more water to pass through.

A clay granule may be the size of the smallest silt particle or up to 25 times smaller, and from 25 to 40 times smaller than a sand particle. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) classifications are 0.002 to 0.05 mm (0.00008 to 0.002 in) for silt particles, 0.05 to 2.00 mm (0.002 to 0.08 in) for sand, and clay grains are less than 0.002 mm (0.00008 in)

Clay is a fine-grained sedimentary particle. In order for pollutants and waste to leech through the clay would take longer than through any other type of soil (eg. gravel) because the matrix between the particles is smaller, and the particles are charged to be attracted to themselves creating a stronger barrier.

Condensation Nuclei's a microscopic particle of material such as salt and smoke around which a water droplet can begin to form; a freezing nucleus is a microscopic particle of clay, dust or smoke around which an ice crystal may form in a cloud.

-Unsorted/Stratified marterial deposited beneath and within glacial ice. -Heteregeneous mixture of all particle sized (boulder to clay) -Oldest surficial deposit

Brown clay,blue clay,green,clay,white clay,and black clay.

They pass from particle to particle by vibrating the particle. When the particle touches another particle, it transfers the sound energy to that particle. Hence the Sound Wave.

This question is not specific enough. Clay who? Cassius Clay, Clay Walker, John Clay..... Who?

sand has more porosity because sand has a very smaller particle size than dirt. relatively, the smaller the particle size, the higher the porosity. clay has the highest porosity than other soils. sand has high porosity. dirt has low porosity

Grain refers to the mineral particle sizes that make up the rock. The grain may be sand grains in sandstone, feldspar crystals in granite, or clay particles in mudstone.

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