Reactive fluids shape the patterns of the Earth at the surface and at depth. In the following sections, we review some of the progress made in this direction, seen from our perspective.

The literature focusing on three dimensional pattern formation of natural, free mineral surfaces in a fluid is not very extensive, although such patterns are often illustrated in the context of other subjects. The analogous problems in sedimentology, concerning structures such as river channels and sand ripples, have received much more attention. One challenge has been the need to bring together fluid dynamics, chemistry, computational science and field observation...

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