Claystone main content.


Part of Hall of Planet Earth.


Exhibition Text

Weathering and erosion of rocks like granites concentrate elements that are necessary to form clay minerals, which accumulate as sediments.  The deposition and burial of clays, in the delta of a river, for example, lead to the formation of the sedimentary rocks claystone and shale.

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For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Geochemical cycles, Tonsteins, Geology, Shale, Sedimentary rocks, Soils

Audience: General