Molybdenum (Mo)—the element with atomic number 42—possesses unique properties that make it the answer to many questions in the geosciences, life sciences, and industry.

In the geosciences, the redox sensitivity of Mo makes it particularly useful for answering questions about environmental redox conditions. In particular, it was first suggested as an ocean paleoredox proxy over 30 years ago (Holland 1984; Emerson and Huested 1991)—an application that finally came to fruition in the late 1990s and 2000s when understanding of Mo geochemical behavior in modern environments improved significantly (e.g., Crusius et al. 1996; Helz et al. 1996...

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