At the blurry edge of mineralogy

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Nanominerals are characterized by crystal dimensions that fall between 100 and 1 nm, and as the length scale of atomic ordering approaches the lower end of this range, a material's physical and chemical properties may dramatically diverge from what is observed at the macroscale. Indeed, when atomic correlation lengths approximate the dimensions of the unitcell, one can reasonably ask whether a natural material should be classified as a mineral at all. In their Outlook contribution, Caraballo et al. (2014) offer a state-of-the-art assessment of the science of environmental nanominerals, with an emphasis on the role that crystallinity plays in their behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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