(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Assessing volumetric strains and mass balance relationships resulting from biotite-controlled weathering: Implications for the isovolumetric weathering of the Boulder Creek Granodiorite, Boulder County, Colorado, USA

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PARIZEK J.R. (1) ; GIRTY G.H. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geological Sciences, State Univ., San Diego, ETATS-UNIS


The AA. present results from a study of two sites located on the 1.65 Ga Boulder Creek Granodiorite near Boulder, Colorado, USA, in which weakly chemically altered saprock derived from tonalitic and granodioritic–tonalitic bedrock records volumetric strains on the order of 7.6%–8.5% and 7.9%–8.2% respectively. They show that dilation is likely due to the alteration of biotite to vermiculite during the early stages of weathering, and is associated with an expansion normal to the {001} cleavage of ~ 40%. Theoretical calculations of volumetric strains based on the modal biotite present in the protolith support such an interpretation


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 120 [pp. 29-45]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 10 fig., 11 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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