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Special Issue "Rare-Earth Carbonates"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017).
Interests: geochemistry; crystallisation; mineralogy; carbonates; rare-earths; synchrotron; biomineralisation; geology
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Rapid technological development is demanding the use of ever-greater numbers of rare-earth elements. These elements are present at trace concentrations in the Earth’s crust and are being identified by many countries as being of high strategic importance, not only in terms of exploration and extraction, but also in determining their natural cycling and primary industrial sources to the environment. Most naturally-occurring rare earths are associated with the exotic carbonate minerals found in carbonatite deposits (e.g., Mountain Pass in California and Bayan Obo in China). These are broadly defined as igneous rocks with greater than 50% carbonate minerals. Carbonatites encompass a range of compositions and mineral assemblages, including those dominated by calcite, dolomite, ankerite and alkali carbonate minerals.
This Special Issue aims to publish papers on recent progress in the study of rare-earth carbonates. Papers providing data on synthesis, crystallography, structure, spectroscopies, thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallisation, as well as their behaviours in surface, subsurface, and ore-forming processes are welcome. Contributions combining novel experimental and computational approaches are also encouraged, as well as field-based studies.
Dr. Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.