In press: October 16, 2013
Volume 9, Number 6 (December) • Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful
Garnet is among the most studied—and most beloved—minerals owing to its commonality in diverse geologic contexts, its often large euhedral crystals, its sometimes dazzling colors, and its propensity for preserving information about its growth history. Chemically zoned garnet represents a remarkable tool for deciphering metamorphic conditions and the evolving tectonic processes that drive garnet growth over many millions of years. In the deep Earth, garnet is a key rock-forming mineral influencing the physical properties of the mantle and the composition of mantle-derived magmas. Garnet has been sought for ages as a semiprecious gemstone (the birthstone of January) and has been mined or synthesized (including nonsilicate garnet) for industrial purposes, including laser, magnetic, and ion-conductor technology. This issue of Elements will emphasize the most recent innovations in thermodynamic, geochemical, geochronologic, and industrial applications of garnet, while providing perspective on decades of garnet-related research.
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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