MICROTEXTURES OF PARTICLES FROM SOME EUROPEAN LOESS DEPOSITS

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ABSTRACT

Examination of loess particles with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows several previously unresolvable features to be distinguished. SEM observations confirm that the majority of loess particles are angular but reveal a distinct proportion of rounded particles. Most particles have very fine particulate material adhering to their surfaces and virtually all show signs of surface attack to a greater or lesser degree. Contrary to some published statements it appears that European loess particles tend to show signs of weathering.

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