Minerals identify

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Smectite

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Clay minerals are hydrous phyllosilicates, sometimes with variable amounts of iron, alkaline earths found on or near some planetary surfaces.

Clay minerals form in the presence of water and have been important to life, and many theories of abiogenesis involve them. They are important constituents of soils, and have been useful to humans since ancient times in agriculture and manufacturing.

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