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Study on formation of mercury-bearing minerals

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Science Daily, the popular news website for breaking news in science, highlights a new paper in the July 2012 issue of American Mineralogist by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution with co-authors including Ed Grew of the University of Maine.
Science Daily reports that the paper “demonstrates that the creation of most minerals containing mercury is fundamentally linked to several episodes of supercontinent assembly over the last 3 billion years.” With support from the National Science
Foundation, Ed has been collaborating with Hazen since 2008 on the topic of mineral evolution, which offers new insights into understanding Earth’s changing near-surface geochemistry through geologic time. They are currently writing a manuscript on
the evolution of boron and beryllium minerals. For more information, see the following links:;

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790
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The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469