Help|Log In|Register|
Home PageMindat NewsThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusManagement TeamContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatSponsor a PageSponsored PagesTop Available PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on MindatThe Mindat Store
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryRandom MineralSearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
StatisticsThe ElementsMember ListBooks & MagazinesMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryHow to Link to MindatDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Smectite Group

This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
A0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O
Monoclinic clay-like minerals.

Positive identification of minerals in the smectite group may need data from dehydration experiments (thermogravimetric analysis, TGA, or differential thermo-analysis, DTA), and X-ray powder patterns before and after treatment by heating and with organic liquids.

The most common members are montmorillonite, nontronite and saponite. A possible V-dominant member is coded as 'UM1979-21-SiO:AlHNaV'.

Classification of Smectite Group

Chemical Properties of Smectite Group

A0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O

Relationship of Smectite Group to other Species

Group Members:
Aliettite Ca0.2Mg6((Si,Al)8O20)(OH)4 · 4H2O
Beidellite (Na,Ca0.5)0.3Al2((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Ferrosaponite Ca0.3(Fe2+,Mg,Fe3+)3((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · 4H2O
Hectorite Na0.3(Mg,Li)3(Si4O10)(F,OH)2
Montmorillonite (Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Nontronite Na0.3Fe2((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Pimelite Ni3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
Saliotite (Li,Na)Al3(AlSi3O10)(OH)5
Saponite Ca0.25(Mg,Fe)3((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Sauconite Na0.3Zn3((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · 4H2O
Stevensite (Ca,Na)xMg3-x(Si4O10)(OH)2
Swinefordite Li(Al,Li,Mg)4((Si,Al)4O10)2(OH,F)4 · nH2O
Volkonskoite Ca0.3(Cr,Mg,Fe)2((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2 · 4H2O
Yakhontovite (Ca,Na)0.5(Cu,Fe,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · 3H2O
Zincsilite Zn3(Si4O10)(OH)2 · 4H2O

Other Names for Smectite Group

Name in Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:蒙脱石族

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

Smectite Group in petrology

An essential component of (items highlighted in red)
Common component of (items highlighted in red)

References for Smectite Group

Reference List:
Mering, J. and Oberlin, A. (1967) Electron-optical study of smectites. Clays & Clay Minerals 15, 3-25.

Schultz, L.G. (1969) Lithium and potassium absorption, dehydroxylation temperature and structural water content of aluminous smectites. Clays and Clay Minerals 17: 115-149.

Harder, H. (1972) The role of magnesium in the formation of smectite minerals. Chemical Geology: 10: 31-39.

Lagaly, G., Weiss, A. (1975) The layer charge of smectite layer silicates. In S.W. Bale, Editor, Proceedings of International Clay Conference, Mexico p. 157-172. Applied Publishing Ltd., Wilmette, Illinois.

Eslinger, E., Highsmith, P., Albers, D., deMayo, B. (1979) Role of iron reduction in the conversion of smectite to illite in bentonites in the disturbed belt. Montana: Clays and Clay Minerals: 27: 327-338.

Brigatti, M.F., Poppi, L. (1981) A mathematical model to distinguish the members of the dioctahedral smectite series. Clay Minerals: 16: 81-89.

Nahon, D., Colin, F., Tardy, Y. (1982) Formation and distribution of Mg, Fe, Mn- smectites in the first stages of the lateritic weathering of forsterite and tephroite. Clay Minerals: 17: 339-348.

Brigatti, M.F. (1983) Relationships between composition and structure in Fe-rich smectites. Clay Minerals: 18: 177-186.

Talibudeen, O., Goulding, K.W.T. (1983) Charge heterogeneity in smectites. Clays and Clay Minerals: 31: 37-42.

May, H.M., Kinniburgh, D.G., Helmke, P.A., Jackson, M.L. (1986) Aqueous dissolution, solubilities and thermodynamic stabilities of common alumino-siolicate clay minerals; kaolinite and smectite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 50: 1667-1677.

Nadeau, P., Bain, D. (1986) Composition of some smectites and diagenetic illitic clays and implications for their origin. Clays and Clay Minerals: 34: 455-464.

Decarreau, A., Colin, F., Herbillon, A., Manceau, A., Nahon, D., Paquet, H., Trauth-Badeaud, D., Trescases, J.J. (1987) Domain segregation in Ni-Fe-Mg-smectites. Clays and Clay Minerals: 35: 1-10.

Iwazaki, T., Watanabe, T. (1988) Distribution of Ca and Na ions in dioctahedral smectites and interstratified dioctahedral mica/smectites. Clays and Clay Minerals: 36: 73-82.

Madejova, J., Putyera, K., Čičel, B. (1992) Proportion of central atoms in octahedral layers of smectites calculated from IR spectra. Geologica Carpathica Series Clays: 43: 117-120.

Christidis, G.E., Dunham, A.C (1997) Compositional variations in smectites: Part II. Alteration of acidic precursors. A case study from Milos Island, Greece. Clay Minerals: 32: 253-270.

Madejova, J., Komadel, P., Čičel, B. (1994) Infrared study of octahedral site populations in smectites. Clay Minerals: 29: 319-326.

Cuadros, J., Altaner, S.P. (1998) Compositional and structural features of the octahedral sheet in mixed layer illite-smectite from bentonites. European Journal of Mineralogy: 10: 111-124.

Köster, H.M., Ehrlicher, U., Gilg, H.A., Jordan, R., Murad, E., Onnich, K. (1999) Mineralogical and chemical characteristics of five nontronites and Fe-rich smectites. Clay Minerals: 34: 579-599.

Manceau, A., Lanson, B., Drits, V.A., Chateigner, D., Gates, W.P., Wu, J., Huo, D., Stucki, J.W. (2001) Oxidation-reduction mechanism of iron in dioctahedral smectites. I. Crystal chemistry of oxidized reference nontronites. American Mineralogist: 85: 133-152.

Christidis, G.E., Eberl, D.D. (2003) Determination of layer charge characteristics of smectites. Clays and Clay Minerals: 51: 644-655.

Pironon, J., Pelletier, M., De Donato, P., Mosser-Ruck, R. (2003) Characterization of smectite and illite by FTIR spectroscopy of interlayer NH4 + cations. Clay Minerals: 38: 201-211.

Sainz-Diaz, C.I., Palin, E.J., Dove, M.T., Hernandez-Laguna, A. (2003) Monte Carlo simulations of ordering of Al, Fe and Mg cations in the octahedral sheet of smectites and illites. American Mineralogist: 88: 1033-1045.

Sainz-Diaz, C.I., Palin, E.J., Hernandez-Laguna, A., Dove, M.T. (2003) Octahedral cation ordering of illite and smectite. Theoretical exchange potential determination and Monte Carlo simulation. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 30: 382-392.

Gaudin, A., Petit, S., Rose, J., Martin, F., Decarreau, A., Noack, Y., Borschneck, D. (2004) The accurate crystal chemistry of ferric smectites from the lateritic nickel ore of Murin Murin (Western Australia). II. Spectroscopic (IR and EXAFS) approaches. Clay Minerals: 39: 453-467.

Dainyak, L.G., Drits, V.A., Zviagina, B.B., Lindgreen, H. (2006) Cation redistribution in the octahedral sheet during diagenesis of illite-smectites from Jurassic and Cambrian oil source rock shales. American Mineralogist: 91: 589-603.

Christidis, G.E. (2006) Genesis and compositional heterogeneity of smectites. Part III: Alteration of basic pyroclastic rocks - A case study from the Troodos Ophiolite Complex, Cyprus. American Mineralogist: 91: 685-701.

Meunier, A. (2006) Why are clay minerals small? Clay Minerals: 41: 551-566.

Internet Links for Smectite Group URL:
Please feel free to link to this page.

Localities for Smectite Group

Mineral and/or Locality is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Copyright © and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2017, except where stated. relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: July 21, 2017 03:50:05 Page generated: July 19, 2017 15:08:28
Go to top of page