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Environmental mineralogy, geochemistry and human health

  • E. Valsami-Jones (a1), D. A. Polya (a2) and K. Hudson-Edwards (a3)


This issue of Mineralogical Magazine is the 5th in a loosely defined series of special thematic issues (or part issues), deriving from conferences organized by the Mineralogical Society. The associated conference was entitled ‘Environmental Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Human Health’ and took place in January 2005, in Bath. A common thread to all these Mineralogical Society conferences has been the role of mineralogy in applied science and technology and particularly in environmental science, focussing on the multidisciplinarity of modern mineralogy; the conferences (and special issues) have been particularly successful in bringing along scientists from outside traditional Mineralogy/Earth Sciences. Notably, the series comes at a time when the popularity of Mineralogy/Geology, but also science in general, is low, and many, particularly young, scientists are seeking to place themselves in a better position in the eye of the public and the media, and often also to find new focus for their research. A primary ambition for the series is thus to demonstrate Mineralogy's extensive outreach and has so far succeeded in giving the scientific community a sense of the wider role mineralogists can play.



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Archer, J., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Preston, D.A., Howarth, R.J., and Linge, K. (2005) Aqueous exposure and uptake of arsenic by riverside communities affected by mining contamination in the Río Pilcomayo basin, Bolivia. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 719–736.
Bostick, B.C., Fendorf, S. and Brown, G.E. Jr. (2005) In situ analysis of thioarsenite complexes in neutral to alkaline arsenic sulphide solutions. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 781–795.
Bowles, J.F.W. and Gize, A.P. (2005) A preliminary study of the release of platinum and palladium from metallic particles in the surface environment by organic acids: relevance to weathering of particles from vehicle exhaust catalysts. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 687–693.
Burgess, W.G. and Pinto, L. (2005) Preliminary observations on the release of arsenic to groundwater in the presence of hydrocarbon contaminants in UK aquifers. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 887–897.
Charlesworth, S.M. and Foster, I.D.L. (2005) Gamma emitting radionuclides and metallic elements in urban dusts and sediments, Coventry, UK: implications of dosages for dispersal and disposal. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 759—767.
Clayton, R.E., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Malinovsky, D. and Andersson, P. (2005) Fe isotope fractionation during the precipitation of ferrihydrite and transformation of ferrihydrite to goethite. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 667–676.
Duker, A.A., Carranza, E.J.M. and Hale, M. (2005) Spatial relation between arsenic in drinking water and Mycobacterium ulcerans infection in the Amansie West District, Ghana. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 707–717.
Elliott, J.C., Bollet-Quivogne, F.R.G., Anderson, P., Dowker, S.E.P., Wilson, R.W. and Davis, G.R. (2005) Acidic demineralization of apatites studied by scanning X-ray microradiography and microtomography. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 643–652.
Ettler, V., Jehlička, J., Mašek, V. and Hruška, J. (2005) The leaching behaviour of lead metallurgical slag in high-molecular-weight (HMW) organic solutions. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 737–747.
Faulkner, D.W.S., Hopkinson, L. and Cundy, A.B. (2005) Electrokinetic generation of reactive iron-rich barriers in wet sediments: implications for contaminated land management. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 749–757.
Gault, A.G., Islam, F.S., Polya, D.A., Charnock, J.M., Boothman, C., Chatterjee, D. and Lloyd, J.R. (2005) Microcosm depth profiles of arsenic release in a shallow aquifer, West Bengal. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 855–863.
Grattan, J., Abu Karaki, L., Hine, D., Toland, H., Gilbertson, D., al Saad, Z. and Pyatt, B. (2005) Analyses of patterns of copper and lead mineralisation in human skeletons excavated from an ancient mining and smelting centre in the Jordanian desert: a reconnaissance study. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 653–666.
Houghton, S.L. and Hall, S. (2005) Simultaneous high throughput and quantitative analysis of MTBE and BTEX by P&T-GCMS using a Precept® auto-sampler. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 677—686.
Hudson-Edwards, K.A. and Edwards, S.J. (2005) Mineralogical controls on storage of As, Cu, Pb and Zn at the Abandoned Mathiatis massive sulphide mine, Cyprus. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 695—706.
Islam, F.S., Boothman, C., Gault, A.G., Polya, D.A. and Lloyd, J.R. (2005) Potential role of the Fe(III)-reducing bacteria Geobacter and Geothrix in controlling arsenic solubility in Bengal delta sediments. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 865–875.
Nath, B., Berner, Z., Basu Mallik, S., Chatterjee, D., Charlet, L. and Stueben, D. (2005) Characterization of aquifers conducting groundwaters with low and high arsenic concentrations: a comparative case study from West Bengal, India. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 841–854.
Pascua, C., Charnock, J.M., Polya, D.A., Sato, T., Yokoyama, S. and Minato, M. (2005) Arsenic-bearing smectite from the geothermal environment. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 897—906.
Polya, D.A., Gault, A.G., Diebe, N., Feldman, P., Rosenboom, J.W., Gilligan, E., Fredericks, D., Milton, A.H., Samson, M., Rowland, H.A.L., Lythgoe, P.R., Jones, J.C., Middleton, C. and Cooke, D.A. (2005) Arsenic hazard in shallow Cambodian groundwaters. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 807–823.
Roman-Ross, G., Charlet, L., Tisserand, D. and Glemme, M. (2005) Redox processes in a eutrophic coal-mine lake. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 797–805.
Rowland, H.A.L., Gault, A.G., Charnock, J.M. and Polya, D.A. (2005) Preservation and XANES determination of the oxidation state of solid-phase arsenic in shallow sedimentary aquifers in Bengal and Cambodia. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 825–839.
Skinner, H.C.W. (2005) Biominerals. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 621–641.
Sneddon, I.R., Garelick, H. and Valsami-Jones, E. (2005) An investigation into arsenic(V) removal by hydroxylapatite and bone-char. Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 769–780.
Warren, C., Burgess, W.G. and Garcia, M.G. (2005) Hydrochemical associations and depth profiles of arsenic and fluoride in Quaternary loess aquifers of northern Argentina Mineralogical Magazine, 69, 877–886.

Environmental mineralogy, geochemistry and human health

  • E. Valsami-Jones (a1), D. A. Polya (a2) and K. Hudson-Edwards (a3)


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