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The Making of Great Wine

By | June, 2018

As we set up the publication schedule for each year, the principal editors of Elements try to ensure that the journal maintains enough diversity to hold the interest of you, our readers. In this context, we sometimes accept proposals for issues on very well-known mainstream subjects (such as layered intrusions) which we think can usefully be updated and summarised at a good level. We also try, however, to bring you subjects which are outside the mainstream yet still can be grouped loosely within the areas of geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology. That is how we categorise the current issue dealing with the environmental aspects of making high-quality wine.

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The Excitement of Science Discoveries in the Blue Sky

By | April, 2018

The articles in this “Comets” issue of Elements provide a fascinating account of comets and the making of our planetary system. We learn why comets are visible to the naked eye and about their complex organic geochemistry, the surprising find of free O2, and the likelihood of a comet impact on Earth. Perhaps most impressively, we learn about the tremendous effort that goes into the exploration of comets. These missions require decades of design, planning, and instrument miniaturization and their culmination captures our imagination in a way little else can. Who could not be enthralled by the evocatively named Stardust mission returning a few thousand grains of dust from comet Wild 2 to Earth? We collectively shared the despair when communication was lost from Rosetta’s Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and the excitement about the unparalleled wealth of information sent back during its 70 hours of life on the comet’s surface.

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Food for Geological Thought

By | February, 2018

I recently asked a first-year student what the difference was between a rock and a mineral and he replied, “A rock is like a salad…” His immediate reply started me thinking about using food analogues to teach geological concepts. I subsequently found this approach has been widely studied and proven to be effective. For example, Baker et al. (2004) used the viscosities of common foods as analogues for silicate melts to help teach students about igneous processes.

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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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