This investigation attempts to understand the critical soluble salts in natural mudstone and the leaching, microstructural, and microchemical characteristics in soaked mudstone using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), conductivity measurement, ion chromatography (IC), and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM)/EDAX techniques. Natural mudstone probably includes soluble salts such as Na2SO4, NaCl, NaCO3, and CaCO3. The dissolution of Na2SO4 controls water-sensitive mudstone very susceptible to slaking and dispersion. ESEM micrographs clearly show evidence of mudstone-slaking during soaking since the visible pores are filled with small aggregative masses. A calcium-bearing precipitate from the soaked mudstone is speculated to be attributable to the decomposition of the hydrated product of the fresh mudstone.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering