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What is Sustainability in the context of Mineral Deposits?

By | October, 2017

Sustainable development is a term that all too often has been hijacked within our society by politicians and business promoters eager to endorse their “green” credentials. Yet human society requires sustainable growth in order to continue. However, in the context of much of society’s mineral resources what does sustainability actually mean?

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Long Valley Caldera-Mammoth Mountain Unrest: The Knowns and The Unknowns

By | February, 2017

This perspective is based largely on my study of the Long Valley Caldera (California, USA) over the past 40 years. Here, I’ll examine the “knowns” and the “known unknowns” of the complex tectonic–magmatic system of the Long Valley Caldera volcanic complex. I will also offer a few brief thoughts on the “unknown unknowns” of this system.

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Cultural Heritage – Beautiful Questions

By | February, 2016

Nobel Prize–winner Frank Wilczek’s new book A Beautiful Question (2015) is a contemplation on the natural beauty of the universe and how scientists and philosophers, as far back as the ancient Greeks of Pythagoras and Plato, have asked questions about the underlying symmetry that exists in nature. Wilczek calls discovering underlying symmetries “finding Nature’s deep design,” and he develops the theme to include very modern questions of science.

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Geomicrobiology and Microbial Geochemistry: A View From the Past

By | December, 2015

In 1977, after a few years as an assistant professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of San Diego, California, USA) (SIO), I presented a seminar on the subject of bacterial regulation of bioluminescence.

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Archived Perspectives (PDF)

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2015 Issues -- Volume 11

February 2015

Michael H. Carr

"ROVING ACROSS MARS: SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE
OF FORMER HABITABLE ENVIRONMENTS?"

February 2015

Malcolm R. Walter

"THE QUEST FOR A SECOND ORIGIN OF LIFE?"

August 2015

Craig M. Schiffries

"TRANSLATIONAL GEOSCIENCE: CONVERTING GEOSCIENCE DISCOVERY INTO SOCIETAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS"

August 2015

Graham Brown and Michael Daly

"THE INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT NEXUS IN GEOCHEMISTRY"

December 2015

Kenneth H. Nealson

"GEOMICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL GEOCHEMISTRY: A VIEW FROM THE PAST"

 

2014 Issues -- Volume 10

February 2014

Robert G. Coleman

"THE OPHIOLITE CONCEPT EVOLVES?"

April 2014

Jean H. Bédard

"OPHIOLITES: PERSPECTIVES FROM FIELDWORK IN THE APPALACHIANS?"

June 2014

Gary Erickson

"AN ARTIST’S LIFE IN JINGDEZHEN, CHINA"

August 2014

John Chermak

"GEOSCIENTISTS MUST GET INVOLVED IN DEFINING CURRENT
AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND IMPACT EVALUATION"

August 2014

Mark D. Zoback and Douglas J. Arent

"THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT"

2013 Issues -- Volume 9

April 2013

J. Alex Speer, Kevin Murphy, and Sharon Tahirkheli

"OPEN ACCESS"

June 2013

Richard J. Harrison, Michael F. Hochella Jr., Kevin Murphy and David J. Vaughan

"ONE HUNDRED MINERALOGICAL QUESTIONS IMPACTING THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH, PLANETARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES"

June 2013

Michael F. Hochella Jr.

"STANDING BACK AND LOOKING AT THE FOREST: A PERSPECTIVE ON SURFACES AND INTERFACES, THE UBIQUITOUS STUFF OF NEARLY ALL THINGS"

August 2013

Pierrette Tremblay and Christian Chopin

"THE LITTLE MINERAL THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING"

August 2013

Juhn G. Liou and Tatsuki Tsujimori

"THE FATE OF SUBDUCTED CONTINENTAL CRUST: EVIDENCE FROM RECYCLED UHP –UHT MINERALS"

2012 Issues -- Volume 8

February 2012

Richard A. F. Grieve and Dieter Stöffler

"IMPACTS AND THE EARTH: A PERSPECTIVE"

February 2012

Luca Bindi and Paul J. Steinhardt

"THE DISCOVERY OF THE FIRST NATURAL QUASICRYSTAL: A NEW ERA FOR MINERALOGY?"

June 2012

Ian G. McKinley, Catherine Cesarsky, Atsuyuki Suzuki, Joonhong Ahn, Undraa Agvaanluvsan, and Frank N. von Hippel

"FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI: LESSONS LEARNED"

August 2012

J. Lawford Anderson

"COLD PEGMATITES"

December 2012

Lee R. Kump

"SULFUR ISOTOPES AND THE STEPWISE OXYGENATION OF THE BIOSPHERE"

2010 Issues -- Volume 6

June 2010

Alan Bruce Thompson

"PERSPECTIVES ON METAMORPHIC PROCESSES AND FLUIDS"

August 2010

Peter R. Buseck

"ATMOSPHERIC-PARTICLE RESEARCH: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE"

2008 Issues -- Volume 4

October 2008

Wallace S. Broecker

"CO2 CAPTURE AND STORAGE: POSSIBILITIES AND PERSPECTIVES"

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