This issue of Mineralogical MagazineJournal of Mineral Sciences contains nine articles by distinguished mineralogists which were delivered as plenary lectures to the 18th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association held in Edinburgh in early September 2002. The IMA is the only truly international organization representing mineralogy, and is supported by subscriptions from 37 mineralogical societies world-wide. Its main activity is to hold a General Meeting every four years in one of the subscribing countries, and in 2002 the organization was handled jointly by a group based in Edinburgh and by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain &...

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