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4. Earth’s surface and the cycling of minerals

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 4594 words.

‘Earth’s surface and the cycling of minerals’ considers the rock cycle, which has two parts. The first is driven by the heat coming from the Earth’s interior and involves interactions...

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Minerals

David Vaughan.

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 160 pages.

Minerals existed long before any forms of life, playing a key role in the origin and evolution of life; an interaction with biological systems that we are only now beginning to understand....

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3. Minerals and the interior of the Earth

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 5759 words.

‘Minerals and the interior of the Earth’ looks at the role of minerals in plate tectonics during the processes of crystallization and melting. The size and range of minerals formed are...

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5. Minerals and the living world

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 4045 words.

‘Minerals and the living world’ considers various mineral–microbe interactions, biomineralization, and how minerals interact with the human body and human health. Biomineralization is the...

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6. Minerals as resources

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 6234 words.

The mineral resources taken from the Earth are now essential for human survival and the growth in consumption in recent years has been dramatic. ‘Minerals as resources’ looks at the...

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7. Minerals past, present, and future

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 3732 words.

‘Minerals past, present, and future’ first considers a theory of mineral evolution that proposes the Earth has evolved through three eras subdivided into ten stages, with each adding to the...

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Studying minerals

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 5428 words.

The study of minerals begins with their characterization, identification, and classification determined from their chemical compositions and crystallographic properties. ‘Studying minerals’...

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1. The mineral world

David Vaughan.

in Minerals

October 2014; p ublished online October 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mineralogy and Gems. 5666 words.

Minerals are the fundamental components of the Earth. ‘The mineral world’ describes the fields of mineralogy and crystallography that study them. There are approximately 4,400 known...

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