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Halogens; salts of the Earth

Patricia L. Clay and Hirochika Sumino
Halogens; salts of the Earth
Elements (February 2022) 18 (1): 9-14


The halogen group elements (F, Cl, Br, and I) and the stable isotopes of Cl and Br collectively are powerful tracers of terrestrial volatile cycling. Individually, their distinct geochemical affinities inform on a variety of fluid-mediated and magmatic processes. They form a wide-range of halogen-bearing minerals whose composition reflects the source fluids from which they evaporated or crystallized. Fluorine's geochemical cycle is generally decoupled from that of the heavier Cl, Br, and I, which are concentrated into Earth's surface reservoirs. Throughout history, the salt-forming halogens have been integral to human health and are key constituents of many industries. These common elements have an important role in tracing geochemical processes across many geologic environments - from the surface to the deep planetary interior.

ISSN: 1811-5209
EISSN: 1811-5217
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 18
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Halogens; salts of the Earth
Affiliation: University of Manchester, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Manchester, United Kingdom
Pages: 9-14
Published: 202202
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 31
Accession Number: 2022-065399
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advaned Science and Technology, JPN, Japan
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2022, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2022
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