Drake, John C. Department of Geology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
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Compositional variation of a crystalline substance due to substitution or omission of various atomic constituents within a crystal structure. Solid solutions can be classified as substitutional, interstitial, or omissional. They may also be categorized by the nature of their thermodynamic properties, such as enthalpy, entropy, and free energy (for example ideal, nonideal, and regular solid solutions).
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