The Biogenic Iron Minerals symposium and workshop was held from May 20 to 23, 2000 in Tihany, Hungary and attended by researchers from nine countries. The meeting was organized by the University of Veszprém and the European Mineralogical Union, and sponsored by the Hungarian National Committee for Technical Development and EU/Erasmus.

The symposium reflected the burst of activity in the field of “biomineralogy” over the past few years. Themes included the characterization of the formation processes, compositions, morphologies, and magnetic microstructures of iron oxides and sulfides, the use of iron minerals as biomarkers, the contribution of biominerals to rock magnetism,...

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