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Celebration of the Periodic Table

By | October, 2019

The periodic table of chemical elements is one of the most significant achievements in science because it arranges the 118 known elements in a deceptively simple pattern that reveals their properties. So how did this “Rosetta Stone of Nature” originate?

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Weathering: Earth’s Inexorable Millstone

By | July, 2019

Mere centuries from now, almost every physical object you’ve bought or wrought will have disappeared from the face of the Earth. Nature’s forces will conspire to erase your archeological record. Unless you live in a stone manor, the foundations of your home will gradually crumble due to carbonic acid seeping into hairline cracks. Soil will migrate and turn over, shifting and consuming whatever objets d’art now grace your yard. Oxidation and sunlight will yellow and crack exposed plastic and paper. And everywhere, always, a teeming horde of plant roots, invertebrates, moles, and their microbial friends and relations will disaggregate and eat whatever they can. In the blink of a geological eye, almost your entire archaeological record will very likely be buried, broken down, and swept away.

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Hail Hephaestus, Interdisciplinary Deity!

By | June, 2019
Elements June 2019 v15n3 cover

The Aegean region of the Eastern Mediterranean can claim, with good reason, to be a cradle of modern civilisation and scholarship. As we learn in this issue of Elements, the Aegean is also home to some extraordinary geology, including Santorini Volcano whose Late Bronze Age eruption presaged (but did not actually cause, we learn on p. 185) the demise of the mighty Minoan dynasty on Crete. The so-called Minoan eruption was one of many eruptions from Aegean volcanoes that took place under the watchful eye of the Ancient Greek gods, not least Hephaestus, god of fire and son of Zeus.

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Archived Editorials (PDF)

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2015 Issues

February 2015

Gordon Brown

"HAS LIFE EVER EXISTED ON MARS?"

April 2015

John Valley

"TIME’S ARROW AND TIME’S CYCLE"

June 2015

Patricia Dove

"GROWING PAINS IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA"

August 2015

Gordon Brown

"BOUNTIES FROM THE EARTH"

October 2015

Bernard Wood

"RESOURCES AND WAR"

 

2014 Issues

February 2014

John Valley

"ASTEROID WHAT?"

April 2014

John Valley

"PLAYTHINGS VERSUS THE KILLER ROCK?"

June 2014

Gordon Brown

"KAOLINS: NANOMINERALS WITH A PROUD HERITAGE"

August 2014

Patricia Dove

"NATURAL GAS IN THE EMERGING GLOBAL ENERGY LANDSCAPE"

October 2014

Patricia Dove

"WRESTLING WITH REPRODUCIBILITY IN RESEARCH"

December 2014

Georges Calas

"A BIG FAMILY"

2013 Issues

February 2013

John W. Valley

"THE AGE OF THE EARTH"

April 2013

Georges Calas

"VERSATILE SERPENTINE"

June 2013

Patricia M. Dove

"TWIST AND SHOUT"

August 2013

John W. Valley

"JOURNEY TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE EARTH"

October 2013

James (Tim) I. Drever

"SOME PARTING THOUGHTS"

December 2013

Georges Calas

"LINKS AND LINKS"

2012 Issues

February 2012

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"LIVING IN THE FAST LANE"

April 2012

James (Tim) I. Drever

"DECISIONS, DECISIONS"

June 2012

Georges Calas

"BREAKING BOUNDARIES"

August 2012

John W. Valley

"MIGMA VERSUS MAGMA"

October 2012

Georges Calas

"TALES, TALES..."

December 2012

James (Tim) I. Drever

"POLLUTION AND PRESERVATION"

2011 Issues

February 2011

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"TO BE EXPLORERS"

April 2011

David J. Vaughan

"THE MASTERY OF IRON"

June 2011

James (Tim) I. Drever

"WATER RESOURCES -- SCIENCE AND VALUES"

August 2011

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"IS SCIENCE A CONTACT SPORT?"

October 2011

Georges Calas

"TOURMALINE RESEARCH: UNLOCKING ALI BABA'S CAVE"

December 2011

James (Tim) I. Drever

"PREDICTION IS HARD -- PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE FUTURE"

2010 Issues

February 2010

David J. Vaughan

"EVOLUTION AND EXTINCTION"

April 2010

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"HELL ON EARTH"

June 2010

Susan L.S. Stipp

"STRATEGIC OR BLUE SKY RESEARCH?"

August 2010

David J. Vaughan

"SOMETHING IN THE AIR"

October 2010

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"THANKS, DR. GIBBS"

December 2010

James (Tim) I. Drever

"WE'VE COME A LONG WAY"

2009 Issues

February 2009

E. Bruce Watson

"THE ECONOMY AND THE MOON"

April 2009

Susan L.S. Stipp

"WHO SHOULD DECIDE HOW RESEARCH FUNDING IS SPENT?"

June 2009

David J. Vaughan

"GEMS, RICHES, WEALTH AND FINANCE"

August 2009

David J. Vaughan

"MAGNETISM AND MESMERISM"

October 2009

Harry (Hap) Y. McSween

"ALL THAT GLITTERS..."

December 2009

Susan L.S. Stipp

"THE DA VINCI PROFILE -- BREADTH AND DEPTH"

2008 Issues

February 2008

Ian Parsons

"HOW ARE WE DOING?"

April 2008

Susan L.S. Stipp

"DEPLETING RESOURCES, ETHICS AND INNOVATION"

June 2008

E. Bruce Watson

"SCIENTIFIC FRONTIERS AND RISKY VERSUS SAFE SCIENCE"

August 2008

E. Bruce Watson

"QUIET REVOLUTION IN THE GEOCHEMICAL SCIENCES"

October 2008

Susan S. L. Stipp

"THE CO2 CHALLENGE -- A CALL TO ACTION"

December 2008

David J. Vaughan

"GREAT SCIENCE OR GREY GOO?

2007 Issues

February 2007

Ian Parsons

"NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T"

April 2007

Michael F. Hochella, Jr.

"TEACHING, EXPLAINED"

June 2007

Ian Parsons

"SCIENCE AND THE POLICYMAKERS"

August 2007

E. Bruce Watson

"RISKING THE FUTURE OF GEOSCIENCE"

October 2007

Susan L.S. Stipp

"FAIRNESS IN EVALUATION: MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL"

December 2007

E. Bruce Watson

"GEOSCIENCE CIRRICULA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"

2006 Issues

February 2006

Michael F. Hochella, Jr.

"THE POLITICAL MISUSE OF SCIENCE"

April 2006

Michael F. Hochella, Jr.

"SO YOU WANT TO FORM AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM"...GOOD LUCK!"

June 2006

Rodney C. Ewing

"TWO PLANETS -- WHICH FUTURE?"

August 2006

Ian Parsons

"VESTIGES AND PROSPECTS"

October 2006

E. Bruce Watson

"ADVISING FUTURE SCIENTISTS"

December 2006

E. Bruce Watson

"GEOSCIENCE ESSENTIALS OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT"

2005 Issues

January 2005

Rodney C. Ewing, Michael F. Hochella Jr., Ian Parsons, and Pierrette Tremblay

"ELEMENTS: BUILDING A NEW BRIDGE"

March 2005

Ian Parsons

"ELEMENTS: GETTING INTO THE SWING"

June 2005

Michael F. Hochella, Jr.

"JUMPING ACROSS THE COLORADO"

September 2005

Michael F. Hochella, Jr.

"THE COST OF SCIENCE"

December 2005

Ian Parsons

"FORMATIVE EVENTS"

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