Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a technique that is used very widely throughout science and medicine. There are approaching 20 journals devoted exclusively to NMR and magnetic resonance imaging, and well in excess of 10,000 papers published annually which involve this family of techniques. It has found extraordinarily diverse applications, and its applications to inorganic solids such as minerals represent a very small part of NMR as a whole. There had been occasional NMR studies of minerals since the discovery of the NMR effect in 1946, but until the early 1980s, the large width of NMR resonances in the solid...

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