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Ed Grew contributes to classification and report of (another!) new mineral

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As reported on the UMaine website, Ed Grew collaborated in the process of describing, classifying, and reporting a new boron nitride mineral. More details are also available in a story from the University of California, Riverside, the home of the lead investigators in the study.


Ed Grew, who has a history of discovering minerals throughout the world, was invited to collaborate with an international team of scientists in the finding and classifying of a new boron mineral.

Geologists at the University of California, Riverside discovered a cubic boron nitride mineral in the southern Tibetan mountains of China. The mineral, named “qingsongite,” was discovered in 2009 and was officially approved this month by the International Mineralogical Association, according to a UC Riverside press release. Ed joined UC Riverside geologists, Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya and Harry Green, as well as scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and institutions in China and Germany in reporting the discovery.

Because of his research on boron minerals and evolution of boron minerals, Ed became interested in the research after reading about the discovery in a journal article. He urged Dobrzhinetskaya to apply for official recognition of the mineral.

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