ABOUT THIS ISSUE
Apatite is recognized to be the most common phosphate mineral in the Earth’s crust and lithospheric mantle where it subsequently acts as a major reservoir for P, F, Cl, OH, CO2, and many trace elements including the rare earth elements. This issue introduces apatite as a ubiquitous accessory mineral, which is also related to a supergroup family of over 40 other minerals. This issue explores the multi-varied roles of apatite as a recorder of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial metasomatic and igneous processes, as a thermochronometer over a wide pressure-temperature range, and as a mineral with numerous technological and biological applications.
In press: May 30, 2015
Volume 11, Number 4 (August) • Geochemistry and the Impact Agenda
As geochemists and mineralogists, we are well aware of the impact of our science and when pushed we can often reel out great examples where our discoveries have influenced industry and the social well-being on the planet. However, this sort of drum-beating is not intuitive, and the explicit need to demonstrate impact in our science is, in many nations, being used as a measure of the required funding level for our discipline. The papers in this issue will show how we use geochemistry to achieve impact, and they will provide the basic science coupled to case studies from the hydrocarbon, mineral, environmental, and health and nutrition fields. The authors will document economic estimates of the benefits of their science; an example is the role of mass spectrometry in the oil and gas sector, in disease control, and as isotopic tracers in mineral exploration.
A publication of the Mineralogical Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Geochemical Society, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, The Clay Minerals Society, the International Association of GeoChemistry, the European Association of Geochemistry, the Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie, the Association of Applied Geochemists, the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, the International Association of Geoanalysts, the Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia, the Polskie Towarzystwo Mineralogiczne (Mineralogical Society of Poland), the Sociedad Española de Mineralogía (Spanish Mineralogical Society), the Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, The Meteoritical Society, and the Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences.
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