Repeating patterns in mineral energetics

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Several recurring themes emerge from years of study of the thermodynamics of mineralogical and ceramic systems. These common features are as follows: 1) acid-base interactions determine the energetics of formation of crystals, glasses, and melts; 2) entropy terms arising from configurational, vibrational, and electronic factors are important at high temperature and pressure; 3) in many cases, short-range interactions and local order dominate energetics; and 4) structural states at high temperature and pressure are often not quenchable to ambient conditions, making in-situ study essential for a reliable picture of mineral properties under conditions within the crust and mantle. Examples illustrating each of these themes are presented. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-605
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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