Fissility

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Description

Property of certain rocks to easily split into regular thin sheets. Fissility occurs because the platy phyllosilicate grains have been preferentially aligned to form a layered structure. Examples of rocks that exhibit fissility are shale, and slate.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fissilidade (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Submitted information Comment: José Delgado Rodrigues, LNEC, 2009