Needs and opportunities in mineral evolution research

@article{Hazen2011NeedsAO,
  title={Needs and opportunities in mineral evolution research},
  author={Robert M. Hazen and Andrey Bekker and David L. Bish and W Bleeker and Robert T. Downs and J. Farquhar and John M. Ferry and Edward S. Grew and Andrew H. Knoll and Dominic Papineau and Jolyon Ralph and Dimitri A. Sverjensky and John W. Valley},
  journal={American Mineralogist},
  year={2011},
  volume={96},
  pages={953 - 963}
}
Abstract Progress in understanding mineral evolution, Earth’s changing near-surface mineralogy through time, depends on the availability of detailed information on mineral localities of known ages and geologic settings. A comprehensive database including this information, employing the mindat.org web site as a platform, is now being implemented. This resource will incorporate software to correlate a range of mineral occurrences and properties vs. time, and it will thus facilitate studies of the… Expand

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