Clays (Inventory)/Residual red clay

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The Residual red clay field of the Clays section should be used to record stations that exhibit residual red clay.

Red clay is probably the most common clay found in the Guadalupes. It can appear as both a massive bank or a residue. This field should be used to record occurances of the residual variety.

Residual red clays are similar to corrosion residues. They both form by residues left behind from dissolution of the original bedrock. The residual red clays are made up of clay particles where the corrosion residues are usually somewhat larger particles. This distinction may be difficult to discern accurately in the cave.

Residual red clays are most often found associated with the backreef.

See also

Clays (Inventory)/Residual red clay is a part of the cave inventory project.