Special Issue "Past, Current and Future Processes in the Earth Critical Zone"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gianluca Bianchini
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Department of Physics and Earth Science, University of Ferrara, Via Saragat 1, 44122 Ferrara, Italy
Interests: georesources and environmental geochemistry; major and trace elements behaviour; stable and radiogenic isotopes; water-air-rock interaction; geo-biological reactions
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Dr. Claudio Natali
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Department of Earth Science, University of Florence, Via La Pira 4, 50121 Firenze, Italy
Interests: petrography; weathering processes; major and trace element behaviour; stable and radiogenic isotopes; environmental geochemistry; natural and anthropogenic anomalies
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Dr. Chiara Marchina
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Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, 35122 Padova PD, Italy
Interests: water geochemistry; hydrogeochemistry; ecohydrology; catchment hydrology; water resources management
Dr. Valentina Brombin
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Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Interests: geochemistry; stable and radiogenic isotopes; geochronology; petrology; mantle xenoliths; soil; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Earth's Critical Zone (ECZ) integrates the surface and near‐surface environment where interactions between biosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and shallow lithosphere play a fundamental role in sustaining life. In this view, there is a need to describe and model the geochemical processes of the ECZ (e.g., rock weathering, sediment soil formation, element mobility solubility in natural water) at multiple spatial and temporal scales to track the past, current and future status of ecosystems, also in relations to environmental and climate changes. The characterization of these processes allows to face global social challenges such as environmental quality, ecosystems equilibria, human health, sustainable development, availability of resources, and water use and storage. We invite contributions to this special issue dealing with rock weathering, sediment and soil geochemistry, hydrogeology and hydro-geochemistry and more in general Critical Zone-relevant geological processes to steward the life-sustaining ECZ in the past, in the current day and into the future. Emphasis will be given to studies that address topics about:

- low temperature mineralogical and geochemical processes in natural environments;

- isotope fractionations and element partitioning between lithosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere;

- role of the Critical Zone in achieving sustainable development goals;

- impacts of human activities on the Critical Zone processes;

- past and future trends.

Contributes emphasizing innovative methods and approaches, as well as combination of multiple techniques are welcome, and researches by young scientists are encouraged.

Dr. Gianluca Bianchini
Dr. Claudio Natali
Dr. Chiara Marchina
Dr. Valentina Brombin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Earth Critical Zone
  • mineralogy
  • geochemistry
  • isotopes
  • interdisciplinary sciences
  • environments
  • past and future trends

Published Papers

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