Total Dynamics of Quartz–Water System at Ambient Conditions
New data on the dissolution and growth of quartz in acid, nearly neutral and slightly alkaline solutions at ambient conditions are presented. During batch dissolutions, aqueous Si-concentrations increased nonlinearly towards limit values. During parallel growth experiments, however, the high Si-concentrations corresponding to 13-fold supersaturation with respect to quartz did not decreased. To interpret these results, two dynamic models (1) a reaction model and (2) a surface-complexation model, were derived. Both models were focused on (a) reversible dissolution/growth of bulk quartz and b) irreversible dissolution of disturbed quartz (weakly bounded Si-atoms) on new surface.