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Mineral Diversity Clue to Early Earth Chemistry
February 28, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Mineral evolution is a new way to look at our planet's history. It is the study of the increasing diversity and characteristics of the Earth's near-surface minerals, from the dozen that arrived on interstellar dust particles when the solar system was formed to the more than 4,700 types existing today. New research on a mineral called molybdenite provides important new insight about the changing chemistry of our planet as a result of geological and biological processes.Full Story
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