decrepitation


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decrepitation

[di‚krep·ə′tā·shən]
(geophysics)
Breaking up of mineral substances when exposed to heat; usually accompanied by a crackling noise.
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This tends to confirm that the electrode decrepitation is mainly induced by the abrupt volume variation related to the formation/disappearance of the [Li.sub.15][Si.sub.4] phase.
The hydrogen isotopic composition of the fluid inclusion water was determined by decrepitation of fluid inclusions in the quartz samples.
For H isotopic analyses, the water from the fluid inclusion separates was collected by thermal decrepitation under vacuum at 500[degrees]C and then reduced over zinc at 400[degrees]C to generate [H.sub.2] that is released for mass spectrometry [51, 52].
C[O.sub.2] was liberated from carbonic fluid inclusions in quartz separates by thermal decrepitation under vacuum and then measured for [delta][sup.13]C by mass spectrometry.
Fluids inclusions displaying textural or microthermometric evidence for stretching, necking down, leakage, or decrepitation were excluded from the study.