This special issue of American Mineralogist is dedicated to Orson L. Anderson, marking 35 years of outstanding research in academic geosciences. The collection of papers in this volume represents topics of interest to Orson, as well as contributions from former students, postdoctoral associates, colleagues, and friends throughout the world.

Orson received all of his degrees from the University of Utah, earning his Ph.D. in Physics in 1951 under the supervision of Henry Eyring and Walter Elsasser. He joined Bell Telephone Laboratories where he spent nine years working in the physical acoustics group of Warren Mason.

Following stints at American Standards...

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