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Ed Grew highlighted in new book on Earth history

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The new book “The Story of Earth” by Robert M. Hazen (Viking Press, April 26, 2012) highlights Ed Grew’s research on boron and beryllium minerals and the emerging field of mineral evolution. Hazen, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C., credits Ed with producing a “landmark graph” showing the increasing diversity of the 108 officially approved beryllium minerals over geologic time, adding that Ed had produced “an even more impressive survey of the 263 known boron minerals.” In the acknowledgments, Hazen writes that “I am especially indebted to Edward Grew, whose studies of the evolution of the minerals of the rare elements beryllium and boron have taken the field to a new quantitative level.” Hazen invited Ed to collaborate with him on mineral evolution in 2008, and since then they have co-authored three presentations at annual meetings of the Geological Society of America and papers on the possible role of boron in the development of prebiotic organic compounds (“RNA World”) and on the evolution of mercury minerals. Ed is currently writing a manuscript with Hazen on the evolution of boron and beryllium minerals.

A book review appears in Nature: Volume 485, Page 39, Date published (03 May 2012) DOI: doi:10.1038/485039a [seeing the full review requires a subscription].

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