### A iron-57 Moessbauer study on the thermal oxidation of iron in biotite mica.

Pamela. Tume
We have studied the oxidation in air of a well characterized biotite sample. Large single crystal wafers were annealed at various temperatures up to 875$\sp\circ$C and for various times up to 94 hours. The oxidation proceeds primarily via the oxyannite reaction: $\rm (Fe\sp{2+} + OH\sp-)\sb{mica} \to (Fe\sp{3+} + O\sp{2-})\sb{mica} + H$ and was therefore conveniently followed by $\sp{57}$Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy, which resolves the 2+ and 3+ valence states of iron. The main features of the...
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