I’m sure that most readers of Mineralogical Magazine have been asked at one time or another the question: “OK, so you’re a mineralogist, but what use is mineralogy and why do people need to study it?” The 18 papers in this publication give you a lot of ammunition to answer this question, and at a price of $11 it is also a very inexpensive way of catching up on current research in environmental mineralogy and geochemistry.

A number of papers deal with surface reactions of phyllosilicates and metal oxyhydroxide minerals with respect both to release of nutrients to soils and...

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