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  • 1 University of Karlsruhe Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry Germany Germany
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In the present paper the thermal behaviour of Mg-carbonates and -silicates is reviewed and discussed, based on own DTA investigations and data from the literature. Mg-bearing minerals in soils and sediments offer informations about the palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimatology of sediments and soils and - thus - the study of their crystal chemical compositions by means of (differential) thermal analysis informs about environmental conditions of (sedimentary Mg-) mineral (trans-) formations. The paper stresses (1) the interrelations between decomposition temperatures of (Mg-) carbonates and substitution processes and is (2) concerned with the interdependence between the dehydroxylation behaviour of Mg-bearing sheet silicates and their crystal chemical composition.