December 2015 Issue Table of Contents
About This Issue
Microbiology (or biology) may not be your favorite subject. Or maybe you dreaded taking “life science” courses while at the university. Even if life science is not your preferred area of interest, we hope you read the articles in this issue. Earth science is inherently interdisciplinary because on planet Earth, the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere interact. We can’t comprehensively study one “sphere” without knowing something about the other “spheres.” The articles in this issue illustrate how scientists are researching the intersection of all four spheres. If you are uncertain about delving into the microbial world, start by reading the perspective from Ken Nealson, who has been researching this intersection of “spheres” for almost 40 years. Hopefully, he will motivate you to read more. Then dive right into the thematic articles to learn more about geomicrobiology and microbial geochemistry. -- Jodi Rosso
In our final issue of 2015, we like to take a moment to extend our appreciation to the guest editors and authors who contributed to the six issues of volume 11. These men and women not only succeeded at writing compelling articles for Elements ‘ scientifi cally diverse audience and in adhering to the journal’s deadlines and guidelines, but they were also patient with our editorial staffi ng changes. We also thank our feature editors (Ian Parsons, Penelope King, Michael Wiedenbeck, Cari Corrigan, David Vaughan, Andrea Koziol, and Pierrette Tremblay) who volunteer their valuable time to produce the Parting Shots, A Life in Science, The Elements Toolkit, CosmoElements, Mineralogy Matters, the Calendar, and People in the News. We also acknowledge the reviewers, copyeditors, proofreaders, and our graphic artist, who diligently work in the background to bring Elements to life.
In addition, we thank our advertisers for their continued support: Analytical Instrument Systems Inc., Bruker Daltonik, Cambridge University Press, CrystalMaker, Excalibur Minerals Corporation, FEI, Geoligical Society of London, Gübelin AG, International Centre for Diffraction Data, IGC Meeting, International Mineralogical Association, IsotopX, Lithographie, National Electrostatics Corporation, Olympus, Periodico di Mineralogia, ProtoXRD, Rigaku, Rocks & Minerals, Savillex, SEG, Selfrag, SPEX Sample Prep, Springer, Tescan, Wiley, and Zeiss. Special mention goes to AHF Analysentechnik, Australian Scientific Instruments (ASI), Bruker Nano GmbH, CAMECA, Excalibur Minerals Corporation, The Geochemist’s Workbench, JEOL, and Savillex, who advertised in each issue during 2015.
We also want to thank the 17 participating societies who faithfully support this magazine. Without them, Elements magazine wouldn’t exist.
2016 Preview and Future Issues
Eleven years old and going strong. With this issue, Elements has now covered 65 topics in the Earth sciences. Our lineup is complete through 2016 (see our lineup for 2016 on pages 382 and 383), but there is so much more to cover. If you have ideas for a thematic issue, contact one of our principal editors and consider submitting a proposal. We always welcome new proposals. More information about publishing in Elements can be found at www.elementsmagazine.org/forms.htm.
Best wishes to everyone for the coming year.
Errata -- v11n2
In Paterson and Ducea (2015; Elements v11n2), FIGURE 1C (p 92) and its reproduction in FIGURE 5A (p 96) have a labeling error in the vertical axis. To prevent any propagation of incorrect data, a revised figure is included below. Peak MAR (magma addition rates) values thus change, but the timing, plutonic/volcanic ratios, and other implications of the plot discussed in the text do not change since these were determined from spreadsheet calculations and not from the plot. NOTE -- Download PDF of this post for revised image.