The data summarized in this RiMG volume reflect the growing interest among geoscientists in the characterization of atomic transport in natural materials. Interest in diffusion dates back to the early 20th century (e.g., Bowen 1921), but the need for constraints on mobility of atoms became especially important in the 1950s and 60s with our increasing reliance upon radioactive decay for determination of mineral and rock ages: the question of decay-product retention in relevant phases became vitally important. With a few notable exceptions, however, experimental geoscientists did not take up the cause of diffusion in solids until the 1970s...

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