We hope we have convinced the reader that the study of emergent patterns in fluid-rock systems is a fascinating and integral part of Earth sciences. Many emergent patterns can be easily observed with the naked eye in the world around us and fluid-rock interactions might have played a key role in the origin of life itself. Consequently, emergent patterns in fluid-rock systems are of considerable interest to the public at large as well as specialists.

The information contained in these often beautiful products of irreversible processes is, we believe, the key to a more fundamental and quantitative understanding of how...

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