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Noble Gases Hitch a Ride on Hydrous Minerals
June 16, 2013
The six noble gases do not normally dissolve into minerals, leaving Earth scientists to wonder how they are recycled back into the Earth. Now, researchers at Brown University have discovered that the lattice structure of minerals such as amphibole is actually quite capable of dissolving noble gases. Understanding how noble gases cycle from deep within the Earth to the atmosphere and back could help scientists track the cycling of other volatiles like water and carbon.
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