Mineralogy of Selected World Soil Samples, with Implications Regarding the Abrasion/Corrosion Potential of Environmental Dust on Military Ordnance and a Hypothesis for the Southeast Asia Problem
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Fifty-four representative soil samples from all over the world were selected for heavy mineral analysis from those provided by the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California. Data thus obtained, in conjunction with mineralogical, chemical, and abrasion investigation data from the literature, is presented in support of a discussion of the relationship between the mineralogical and chemical content to abrasioncorrosion potential of environmental dust. Crushed quartz is the most representative material for dust abrasion testing, but not for total dust damage potential prediction. It is quartz not laterite together with the phenomena of Differential A Aeration Cell corrosionerosion-corrosion and possible thermochemical contributions, that is believed to be responsible for the extensive damage to military ordnance due to dust contamination experienced in Southeast Asia.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Soil Mechanics