The Mineral Physics Committee


  • Anonymous


Mineral physics is a diverse field that includes the study of crystal structure, thermochemical properties, physical properties, equations of state, and phase equilibria of minerals and mineral analog compounds. All of these mineral parameters are interrelated, yet they have been traditionally studied and reported by members of different AGU sections. Equations of state and elastic constants are usually included in Tectonophysics, magnetic properties of minerals are often treated in Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, and crystal structure and phase equilibria routinely appear in sessions of Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology. Other subjects of interest to the mineral physics community may be reported in Oceanography, Planetology, or Seismology. As a result, many closely related topics have been presented in conflicting sessions at AGU meetings. The extent of this problem was highlighted during the 1983 Spring AGU meeting, when at one point aspects of silicate mineralogy and petrology were discussed concurrently in seven different sessions sponsored by five different sections.