Discoveries in science are often associated with major advances in experimental methods and instrumentation (Dyson, 1997), in theory and modelling capabilities, and, over the past few decades, in computational power. The fields of geochemistry and mineralogy have benefitted from such advances over the past century, including the discovery of X-rays and X-ray diffraction and more recently the development of synchrotron radiation sources with X-ray brightnesses 25 orders of magnitude greater than the sealed X-ray tube. These fields have also benefitted from the development and application of mass spectrometry and of quantum mechanics and modern digital computers that allow...

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