Mineral Species Frequency Distribution Conforms to a Large Number of Rare Events Model: Prediction of Earth’s Missing Minerals Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/4729-2816-2189-5051-CC

is Contribution to the DCO

  • YES

year of publication

  • 2015

abstract

  • A population model is introduced to describe the mineral species frequency distribution. Mineral species coupled with their localities conform to a large number of rare events (LNRE) distribution: 100 common mineral species occur at more than 1,000 localities, whereas 34%34% of the approved 4,831 mineral species are found at only one or two localities. LNRE models formulated in terms of a structural type distribution allow the estimation of Earth’s undiscovered mineralogical diversity and the prediction of the percentage of observed mineral species that would differ if Earth’s history were replayed.

volume

  • 47

issue

  • 6