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Mineralogy Matters

Mineralogy Matters is a series of articles highlighting where mineralogy (broadly defined) is of fundamental importance to understanding an issue or problem in topic areas ranging from Earth resources to the global environment.

Proposals for future articles are welcome and should be sent to the Elements Executive Editor, or to the Series Editor, David Vaughan, at david.vaughan@manchester.ac.uk.


Boron — The Crustal Element

By | June, 2015

Boron is a quintessential element of the Earth’s upper continental crust. Processes that created the upper continental crust also enriched it in boron, and, as a result, a great diversity of boron minerals are among the most accessible of useful compounds to humankind, even in antiquity. And humankind is most fortunate that crustal processes have…

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2015 Issues -- Volume 11

June 2015

Edward S. Grew

"Boron -- The Crustal Element"


2014 Issues -- Volume 10

April 2014

J. Donald Rimstidt and David J. Vaughan

"Acid Mine Drainage"

2013 Issues -- Volume 9

August 2013

David J. Vaughan and David A. Polya

"Arsenic -- The Great Poisoner Revisited"

December 2013

Reto Gieré and David J. Vaughan

"Minerals in the Air"

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