The study of mineral particles has become increasingly important in the earth sciences, especially in the emerging field of environmental mineralogy. The Mineralogical Society highlighted this by dedicating its Spring Meeting in April 2001, held in Kingston University, Surrey, UK, to the subject. The two-day meeting was split into four sessions reflecting the main themes of current research:

The formation and physical properties of particles, dispersal in the atmosphere and the environmental, economic and health implications.

Characterization, source and mechanisms of particulate transfer, particulate modification and fixation, stability and the environmental impact of such particles.

Physicochemical and mineralogical characterization, dust...

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