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What is Earth's most important mineral?

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
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
Departmental Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentGeology
LocationBenson Common Room (Gn9), Geology Building
Contact Emailmichael.palin@otago.ac.nz

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