Special Issue "Serpentine Group Minerals"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Dr. Agnès Elmaleh
Serpentine minerals are widespread on Earth, but also in asteroids, possibly Mars, and other bodies of the solar system. For that reason, serpentinization/deserpentinization processes should have contributed significantly to fluxes of water within the Earth, but also at a larger scale across the solar system, from its early history onward. Serpentinization processes are also believed to have played a key role in early prebiotic organic chemistry, via the production of hydrogen.
Magnesian serpentines are predominant on Earth, and owing to their large pressure and temperature stability field and their abundance, they strongly contribute to fluid-related processes ranging from the oceanic lithosphere down to subduction zones. Our knowledge of their physical properties, which strongly influence the dynamics of the Earth mantle, is constantly improved by experiments and computations down to the atomistic scale. A wealth of studies has addressed the complex role of structural and compositional variations of serpentine group minerals, in particular the effect of the incorporation of Al, Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions on their properties and stability. Turning to extra-terrestrial serpentinization, an even larger range of compositions needs to be considered according to meteorite studies, raising more acutely the question of the conditions of formation and stability of serpentines as a function of their composition.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions on experimentation, modeling and observation from the field down to the nano-scale, helping to apprehend the diversity of structures and crystal-chemistry of serpentine minerals, and to relate them to their environmental conditions of formation and to their role in geodynamic processes and bio-geochemical cycles.
The first round submission deadline is: 31 March 2018
Dr. Agnes Elmaleh
Dr. Anne-Line Auzende
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terrestrial and extra-terrestrial serpentinization
equilibrium conditions; kinetic studies