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Characterization and Provenance Analysis of Ancient Stone Materials: Insights from Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4624 | Submission Open
Keywords: cultural heritage; analytical techniques; archaeometry; natural and ornamental stone; lithic materials; marble artefacts; ancient quarries; provenance studies
Spectral Behavior of Mineral Pigments, Volume II submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1881 | Submission Open
Keywords: spectroscopy; characterization; mineral pigments; archaeometry; cosmetics; coatings; chemical industry; orthopaedic engineering; nanomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Towards a Sustainable Management of Mine Wastes: Reprocessing, Reuse, Revalorization and Repository, 3rd Edition
edited by , , Yassine Ait-Khouia and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1220 | Submission Open
Keywords: inorganic industrial and mining wastes; environmental characterization; treatment; stabilization; reprocessing; and recycling; integrated management; valorisation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Surface Chemistry of Minerals
edited by and Eleanor Spielman-Sun
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1731 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface chemistry; applied geochemistry; soil science; mineral reaction kinetics; adsorption/desorption; contaminant mobilization; mineral surface reactivity; surface characterization; synchrotron/neutron; X-rays; MD/DFT
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Potentially Toxic Elements: Source, Distribution, Risk Assessment and Remediation submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3325 | Submission Open
Keywords: background values; quality reference values; heavy metals; metal distribution; environmental contamination; environmental pollution; environmental risks; human health risks
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
From Mantle to Market: Platinum Group Elements and Minerals and Their Geological Significance submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1884 | Submission Open
Keywords: platinum group elements; platinum group minerals and mantle processes; economic geology; mineral exploration; sustainable mining; emerging technologies; machine learning applications on platinum group minerals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Crystal Structure, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Scapolite
edited by Milen Kadiyski and
submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1121 | Submission Open
Keywords: scapolite group; marialite– melonite series; Si-Al ordering; crystal structure; X-ray diffraction; Raman spectroscopy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Uranium: Geochemistry and Mineralogy submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7507 | Submission Open
Keywords: uranium; geochemistry; biogeochemistry; mineralogy; sorption; mineral precipitation; fate and transport; mobility; reactive transport modeling; geochemical modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Rare Metal and Related Deposits: Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralization
edited by and Fangfang Zhang
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1617 | Submission Open
Keywords: rare metal deposit; magmatic– hydrothermal processes; granitic intrusions; magmatic differentiation; ore mineralogy; mineral geochemistry; hydrothermal alteration; geochronology; ore-forming process; tectonic setting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Structure and Origin of Gold Mineralization: From Primary to Placer Gold Deposits submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8564 | Submission Open
Keywords: gold prospecting; biogeochemistry of gold; geochemical analysis; gold deposits; geophysical survey; remote sensing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineralogical and Geochemical Characterization of Geological Materials submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5993 | Submission Open
Keywords: critical raw materials; ores; rocks; soils; minerals; mineral deposits and exhausted mines; geomaterials; mining; waste materials; acid mine drainage; mineral resources; secondary minerals; secondary raw materials; efflorescent minerals; ornamental stones; rock weathering; degradation phenomena; built heritage; mortars; geological tourism; mining heritage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advances in Physical Separation of Gold, Iron Ore and Rare Earth Minerals submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4623 | Submission Open
Keywords: physical separation; mineral processing; gold; iron; rare earth elements; sustainable recovery of metals; impact of particle morphology (shape; roughness; and surface properties) on beneficiation; key challenges related to gravity; magnetic; and electrostatic separations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geology, Geochemistry, Genesis, Modeling, Structure and Exploration of Copper Polymetallic Deposits
edited by Bo Li, , Zhongfa Liu and Xinfu Wang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4232 | Submission Open
Keywords: copper polymetallic deposits; geology and geochemistry; fluid inclusion and ore-forming fluid; metallogenic age; ore genesis and metallogenic mechanism; metallogenic model; ore field structural system; exploration and prospecting prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Green and Efficient Recovery/Extraction of Rare Earth Resources
edited by and Yongqiang Yang
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4154 | Submission Open
Keywords: rare earth elements; recovery; extraction; mining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Ag-Pb-Zn Deposits: Geology and Geochemistry submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3050 | Submission Open
Keywords: Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization; genetic model; ore-forming fluids; metal source; fluid evolution; geochronology; geochemistry; ore exploration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Beneficiation and Extraction of Lithium, Tantalum and Niobium from Ores and Secondary Resources
edited by Bogale Tadesse, , Girma Woldetinsae and Lisha Dong
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2223 | Submission Open
Keywords: flotation chemistry; ore sorting; hydrometallurgy; beneficiation; pegmatites; critical metals; lithium; tantalum and niobium; mineral processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Coal Properties and Their Effect on Industrial Processes
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1761 | Submission Open
Keywords: macerals; minerals; coalification; coal combustion; coking coal; coal-to-carbon; gasification; advanced carbon products
Understanding Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1378 | Submission Open
Keywords: ore deposits; in situ analysis; geochemistry; geochronology; fluid evolution; ore-forming process; metal transport and deposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Tectonic Evolution and Mineralization of the Dabie Orogen
edited by Yongsheng Wang, and Ruxin Ding
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 522 | Submission Open
Keywords: subduction and exhumation process and mechanism; coupling evolution of orogenic belt and basins; post-collisional magmatism and mineralization; low-temperature thermochronology; deep structure of orogenic belt
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Igneous Rocks and Related Mineral Deposits
edited by Claire E. Wade and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 372 | Submission Open
Keywords: geochemistry; geochronology; mineralisation; petrogenesis and metallogenesis; magma fertility; magmatic ore deposits; porphyry deposits; hydrothermal ore deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Petrogenesis of Large Igneous Province and Carbonatite-Related Rare Earth Element Deposits
edited by Zhiguo Cheng and Xiaowei Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 262 | Submission Open
Keywords: large igneous provinces; mantle plume; carbonatite; rare earth element deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineral Processing Technologies of Low-Grade Ores submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 259 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral processing; low-grade minerals; gravity concentration; flotation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Metallurgical Solid Waste: Mineralogy, Chemistry and Application/Treatment, 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 219 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallurgical solid waste; steel slag; red mud; tailings; resource utilization; recycle and reuse
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Clays as Therapeutic Agents: A Focus on Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Their Healing Properties
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 187 | Submission Open
Keywords: clays; natural waters; maturation; peloids; pelotherapy; thalassotherapy; fangotherapy; geophagy; clays geochemical composition; clays mineralogy; clays technical properties; clays healing properties; human health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
Transforming Tailings into Dryland: Analyses, Technologies, and Strategies
edited by
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6953 | Submission Open
Keywords: consolidation; dry stackable; mechanical dewatering; reclamation; shear strength; tailings
In-Situ Microanalytical Techniques in Geological and Geochronological Research
edited by
submission deadline 9 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3243 | Submission Open
Keywords: microchemical analysis; mineral deposits; petrogenesis; trace elements; microtextures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Soil-Water-Plant Cycle of Potentially Toxic Elements: Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment Approach, and Remediation Strategies submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3712 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioaccumulation; environmental contamination; fate and mobility; food chain; health risk assessment; plant; pollution; potentially toxic elements; remediation; sediment; soil; speciation; water and wastewater
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Fossils
edited by
submission deadline 16 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 135 | Submission Open
Keywords: fossils; mineralogy; geochemistry; microstructure; paleontology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Historical Mineral Pigments, Volume II submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5573 | Submission Open
Keywords: heritage science; mineral pigments; characterization; physical– chemical degradation; biodeterioration; protection treatments; hyphenated analytical techniques; chemometrics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Multidisciplinary Research for the Monitoring and Preventive Conservation of Cultural Heritage submission deadline 23 Aug 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 7956 | Submission Open
Keywords: cultural heritage conservation and preservation; damage assessment; materials characterization; non-destructive diagnostic multitechniques; risk evaluation; monitoring
Modeling and Inversion of Gravity, Magnetic and Electromagnetic Related to Mineral Deposits submission deadline 23 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4881 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral exploration; mineral resources; rock physics; geological surveys; geophysical surveys; geochemical surveys; gravity methods; magnetic methods; electromagnetic methods; borehole methods; airborne surveys; radiometry; satellite imagery; remote sensing; modeling; inversion; big data; parallel computing; AI applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Genesis and Evolution of Pb-Zn-Ag Polymetallic Deposits: 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1600 | Submission Open
Keywords: ore mineralogy; mineral geochemistry; geochronology; S– Pb– Zn– Cu isotopes; fluid evolution; element occurrence in sulfide; metal precipitation mechanism; element remobilization; ore-controlling structure; tectonic setting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Challenges and Future Trends in K–Ar (40Ar/39Ar) Geochronology, 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1379 | Submission Open
Keywords: K– Ar (40Ar/39Ar) geochronology; excess argon and wave; argon release by deformation; exhumation of metamorphic units; argon behavior in nature; accurate and reliable dating; in situ dating of planetary surfaces
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Formation, and Environmental Aspects of Marine Ferromanganese Crusts
edited by Egidio Marino, and
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 291 | Submission Open
Keywords: critical elements; mineralogy and geochemistry; geochemistry; paleo-oceanography; formation processes; metallurgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Salt Rocks: Processes, Fluid Migration and Mineralogy
edited by Bettina Beeskow-Strauch
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 195 | Submission Open
Keywords: salt caverns; underground storage; mineralogy; fluid migration; geomechanical characterization; salt solution mining; salt integrity; geological barrier system; gas storage; fertilizer production
Glass and Glass-Ceramics: Crystallization Kinetics and Properties
edited by Aluisio A. Cabral
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 140 | Submission Open
Keywords: minerals; natural and synthetic glasses; devitrification; glass-ceramics; properties; crystallization kinetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Carbon Dioxide Storage, Utilization & Reduction submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8436 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon sequestration; risk assessment; area of review; geologic carbon storage— site characterization; geologic carbon storage— predictions; geologic carbon storage— coupled processes; uncertainty quantification; reactive transport; numerical simulation; USDW impact; leakage analysis; mitigation and monitoring; site characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Petrology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Modeling and Mapping of Volcanic/Igneous Reservoirs and Analog Volcanoes submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5835 | Submission Open
Keywords: reservoir classification; reservoir characterization; reservoir exploration; reservoir inversion; reservoir space; facies architecture; petrophysics; volcanology; volcanostratigraphy; modelling; mapping
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Thermal History Modeling of Low-Temperature Thermochronological Data
edited by Ruxin Ding, Honghua Lv and Rong Yang
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4535 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermal history modeling; low-temperature thermochronology; cooling history; exhumation; landscape evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Geochemical Characteristics and Contamination Risk Assessment of Soil submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3786 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil contamination; contamination risk assessment; health risk assessment; modelling techniques; pollution indices; spatial distributions; treatment of metallurgical and mining wastes; environmental protection; recovery of critical metals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Life and Carbonate: Biotic and Abiotic Fingerprints in Past and Recent Carbonate Sediments
edited by , Luca Basilone, Tomaso Bontognali and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3439 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbonate mineralization; carbonate geochemistry; biogenic carbonate; microbial mineralization; carbonate environments; carbonate diagenesis; carbonate proxies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Low-Temperature Thermochronology and Its Applications to Tectonics
edited by Dongliang Liu, Lin Wu and Jingen Dai
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2977 | Submission Open
Keywords: low-temperature thermochronology; tectonics; exhumation; cooling history; basin– range coupling; fault activity; preservation and denudation of ore deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Indicator Minerals, Vectoring and Fertility Tools for the Exploration of Porphyry Cu (Mo ± Au) Systems submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2869 | Submission Open
Keywords: indicator minerals  ; vectoring tools  ; fertility tools  ; mineralogy  ; LA-ICP-MS  ; porphyry Cu system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Advances in Industrial Flotation Applications
edited by Miguel Maldonado and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2696 | Submission Open
Keywords: flotation reagents; flotation machines; advanced control strategies; supervision; hydrodynamics; machine learning; sensors; circuits; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Comprehensive Utilization of Mineral Processing Wastewater
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2634 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral processing wastewater; flotation theory and technology; environmental protection; cleaner production; separation and purification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Industrial Minerals Flotation–Fundamentals and Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2497 | Submission Open
Keywords: industrial minerals; phosphate flotation; bauxite flotation; soluble salt flotation; clay mineral surface chemistry; spodumene flotation; rare earth flotation; graphite recovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Distribution and Development of Faults and Fractures in Shales
edited by Lei Gong, Guoping Liu, , Shaoqun Dong and Zhonghu Wu
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1428 | Submission Open
Keywords: preservation and enrichment of shale oil and gas; multi-scale fracture/fault identification technique; characterization and comprehensive evaluation of effective fractures; fracture formation mechanism; filling sequence; and chronology; structural diagenesis; reservoir geomechanics; fault sealing and stability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy: Application for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Ore Deposits submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 619 | Submission Open
Keywords: environments and mineral resources; elemental geochemistry; whole rock mineralogy; reservoir mineralogical characteristics; ore mineralogical composition; source rock evaluation; hydrocarbon exploration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Advances in Geochronology, Geochemistry, and Petrology: Implications for the Geodynamics of the Balkan Peninsula in the Framework of the Alpine-Himalayan Orogenic System
edited by Ivan Zagorchev
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 413 | Submission Open
Keywords: advances in geochronology zircon and monazite techniques; zircon and monazite chemistry and mineralogy in metamorphic and igneous petrogenesis; detrital geochronology; provenance analysis; and plate paleogeography; isotopic geochronology and mantle– crust paleo geodynamics; time and duration of metamorphic and igneous events
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Radionuclide Interactions with Natural and Synthetic Solids
edited by Claudia Joseph, James Begg and Amrita Bhattacharyya
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 361 | Submission Open
Keywords: radionuclides; minerals; rocks; actinides; spectroscopy; sorption; ion exchange; surface complexation modeling; diffusion; (reactive) transport modeling; thermodynamics; kinetics; transport; microorganisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
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