17 March 2023
Minerals | Editor’s Choice Articles in 2022 in the Section “Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology”

Minerals (ISSN: 2075-163X) has launched the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology. This Section invites contributions that focus on all areas relating to the investigation of the chemical composition of minerals, radiometric age dating of minerals, and characterization of geologic, environmental, and anthropogenic samples. We seek studies that will provide new insights into the conditions of mineral formation/paragenesis at various temperature and pressure regimes, including interactions of minerals with the geosphere (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere). Studies may use novel or standard analytical, imaging, diffraction, microscopic, spectroscopic, synchrotron, and computer modeling techniques. Geochronological investigations reporting novel age determinations for various minerals and bulk samples or breakthroughs in analytical methods are welcome; these may employ various analytical methods and instrumentation (HR-ICP−MS, MC-ICP−MS, quadrupole ICP−MS, SIMS, and TIMS). We also encourage the submission of studies reporting multi-laboratory, round robin investigations, and those that propose new standard reference materials that improve the accuracy and precision of trace element data and age determinations.

We are pleased to present the 2022 Editor’s Choice Articles, a carefully curated list of high-quality articles from the Section “Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology”:

“Compositional Closure—Its Origin Lies Not in Mathematics but Rather in Nature Itself”
by Nicholas E. Pingitore, Jr. and Mark A. Engle
Minerals 2022, 12(1), 74;
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“Zircon (U-Th)/He Closure Temperature Lower Than Apatite Thermochronometric Systems: Reconciliation of a Paradox”
by Benjamin Gérard, Xavier Robert, Djordje Grujic, Cécile Gautheron, Laurence Audin, Matthias Bernet and Mélanie Balvay
Minerals 2022, 12(2), 145;
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“Formation of Esseneite and Kushiroite in Tschermakite-Bearing Calc-Silicate Xenoliths Ejected in Alkali Basalt
by Luca Reato, Monika Huraiová, Patrik Konečný, František Marko and Vratislav Hurai
Minerals 2022, 12(2), 156;
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“Interplay of Multiple Sediment Routing Systems Revealed by Combined Sandstone Petrography and Heavy Mineral Analysis (HMA) in the South Pyrenean Foreland Basin”
by Xavier Coll, Marta Roigé, David Gómez-Gras, Antonio Teixell, Salvador Boya and Narcís Mestres
Minerals 2022, 12(2), 262;
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“Automated Quantitative Characterization REE Ore Mineralogy from the Giant Bayan Obo Deposit, Inner Mongolia, China”
by Taotao Liu, Wenlei Song, Jindrich Kynicky, Jinkun Yang, Qian Chen and Haiyan Tang
Minerals 2022, 12(4), 426;
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“Assessment of the Effect of Organic Matter on Rare Earth Elements and Yttrium Using the Zhijin Early Cambrian Phosphorite as an Example”
by Shengwei Wu, Haiying Yang, Haifeng Fan, Yong Xia, Qingtian Meng, Shan He and Xingxiang Gong
Minerals 2022, 12(7), 876;
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“Application of Raman Spectroscopy for Studying Shocked Zircon from Terrestrial and Lunar Impactites: A Systematic Review”
by Dmitry A. Zamyatin
Minerals 2022, 12(8), 969;
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“Origin of Historical Ba-Rich Slags Related to Pb-Ag Production from Jihlava Ore District (Czech Republic)”
by Jaroslav Kapusta, Zdeněk Dolníček, Ondra Sracek and Karel Malý
Minerals 2022, 12(8), 985;
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“Data Quality in Geochemical Elemental and Isotopic Analysis”
by V. Balaram and M. Satyanarayanan
Minerals 2022, 12(8), 999;
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“Geochemical Indication of Functional Zones at the Archaeological Sites of Eastern Europe”
by Marianna Kulkova
Minerals 2022, 12(9), 1075;
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“Geochemical and Sr-Isotopic Study of Clinopyroxenes from Somma-Vesuvius Lavas: Inferences for Magmatic Processes and Eruptive Behavior”
by Valeria Di Renzo, Carlo Pelullo, Ilenia Arienzo, Lucia Civetta, Paola Petrosino and Massimo D’Antonio
Minerals 2022, 12(9), 1114;
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“The Earliest Generation of Diamond: The First Find of a Diamond Inclusion in Kimberlitic Olivine”
by Lyudmila Pokhilenko, Nikolay Pokhilenko, Vladimir Malkovets and Taisia Alifirova
Minerals 2023, 13(1), 36;
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the research groups that submitted to Minerals. We would appreciate it if you would circulate this document among your colleagues and network. Furthermore, the following opportunities for collaboration may be of interest:

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