Geology Department Seminar by Dr Mike Palin
Minerals are to geology what DNA is to biology - the basis of everything we study. Like DNA, minerals provide an objective means to organize and classify, record planetary evolution, and are manipulated for the benefit of society and profit. We should emphasize the critical role of minerals throughout the earth science curricula.
In this talk, like one a few years ago, I will highlight some approaches for doing this. Then I asked: how many minerals are needed to explain the major Earth processes? My answer - intended to provoke discussion - was six: olivine, clinopyroxene, plagioclase, garnet, kaolinite, and calcite.
I will review those choices while addressing an obvious follow-up question: which is the most important?
|Date||Tuesday, 7 July 2020|
|Time||1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Location||Benson Common Room (Gn9), Geology Building|