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Posts by Patricia M. Dove

Something Old is Something New

Looking back, my tenure finishes near to where it began—with a focus on mineral–water interfaces (Elements, “Mineral–Water Interactions,” v9n3, 2013). A recurring theme throughout the current issue is that chemical reactions at mineral surfaces likely had a role in sparking what we now experience as complex living systems. Indeed, mineral−water interfaces may reside at the heart of the ultimate scientific question—“What is the origin of life on Earth?”

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About v12n1, Introducing Friedhelm von Blanckenburg

Cultural heritage often brings to mind valuable artifacts, artwork, ancient manuscripts, and historic monuments and buildings. But, cultural heritage involves more than just the material objects: it also consists of the more tangible elements such as the values, oral history, traditional craftsmanship, and the knowledge and skills that are transmitted across generations. Cultural heritage provides a window through which we can learn about our past and which ultimately prepares us for the future.

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Toward a Stable Earth System…or a Journey to Points Unknown?

Dear Friends. As our final issue of Elements goes to press for 2015, the news bulletins over the past year call out for introspection about the future. For example, critical events have precipitated a tremendous migration from the Middle East to points unknown. This massive current of humanity is a reminder of the broader fact that our entire civilization has embarked on an uncharted journey. As the year ends with seven billion people, we continue the march to a world population of nine billion within only 35 years.

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About v11n6, 2015 Summary, 2016 Preview, v11n2 Errata

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.”

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