April 07.-12. 2013
Session on the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013
Soil minerals and mineral surface reactivity
Soil minerals control many environmentally important processes such as the cycling of nutrients, metals and organic pollutants. Likewise, aggregation and formation of mineral-organic associations may have important implications on the stabilization of soil organic matter. Because of their widespread occurrence and high specific surface area, clay minerals and hydrous Fe and Al oxides are considered to be the most important solid surfaces. However, their identification and characterization is still a challenge. The same applies to other natural nanoparticles, whose role in soil is not yet understood. We therefore welcome both presentations about the identification and structure of reactive soil minerals as well as process studies addressing their interactions in the environment.
Deadline of abstract submission: January 9. 2013
September 16.-19. 2013
Session on the Joint Annual Meeting of DMG and GV 2013
Reactive minerals in soils and sediments
Reactive minerals such as clay minerals, allophane-like phases or metal oxyhydroxides control many environmentally important processes in soils and sediments. Since these minerals are usually small and poorly crystalline their identification and characterization is still a challenge. We invite presentations addressing all aspects of identification and quantification of poorly crystalline minerals, as well as contributions investigating the interactions between mineral surfaces and organic matter, inorganic solutes or microorganisms. In particular, this symposium shall provide a platform for all those who connect crystal structure with reactivity.
Keynote Speaker: Steve Hillier, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Deadline of abstract submission: May 15. 2013