Analysis and visualization of vanadium mineral diversity and distribution

Chao Liu, Ahmed Eleish, Grethe Hystad, Joshua J. Golden, Robert T Downs, Shaunna M. Morrison, Daniel R. Hummer, Jolyon P. Ralph, Peter Fox, Robert M. Hazen

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Abstract

We employ large mineralogical data resources to investigate the diversity and spatial distribution of vanadium minerals. Data for 219 approved species (http://http://rruff.info/ima, as of April 15, 2016), representing 5437 mineral species-locality pairs (http://http://mindat.org and other sources, as of April 15, 2016), facilitate statistical evaluation and network analysis of these vanadium minerals. V minerals form a sparse, moderately centralized and transitive network, and they cluster into at least seven groups, each of which indicates distinct paragenetic process. In addition, we construct the V mineral-locality bipartite network to reveal mineral diversity at each locality. It shows that only a few V minerals occur at more than three localities, while most minerals occur at one or two localities, conforming to a Large Number of Rare Events (LNRE) distribution. We apply the LNRE model to predict that at least 307 ± 30 (1σ) vanadium minerals exist in Earth's crust today, indicating that at least 88 species have yet to be discovered - a minimum estimate because it assumes that new minerals will be found only using the same methods as in the past. Numerous additional vanadium minerals likely await discovery using micro-analytical methods. By applying LNRE models to subsets of V minerals, we speculate that most new vanadium minerals are to be discovered in sedimentary or hydrothermal non-U-V ore deposits other than igneous or metamorphic rocks/ore deposits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1086
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Volume103
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 26 2018

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Keywords

  • LNRE frequency distribution
  • network analysis
  • statistical mineralogy
  • Vanadium

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  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Liu, C., Eleish, A., Hystad, G., Golden, J. J., Downs, R. T., Morrison, S. M., ... Hazen, R. M. (2018). Analysis and visualization of vanadium mineral diversity and distribution. American Mineralogist, 103(7), 1080-1086. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2018-6274

Analysis and visualization of vanadium mineral diversity and distribution. / Liu, Chao; Eleish, Ahmed; Hystad, Grethe; Golden, Joshua J.; Downs, Robert T; Morrison, Shaunna M.; Hummer, Daniel R.; Ralph, Jolyon P.; Fox, Peter; Hazen, Robert M.

In: American Mineralogist, Vol. 103, No. 7, 26.07.2018, p. 1080-1086.

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Liu, C, Eleish, A, Hystad, G, Golden, JJ, Downs, RT, Morrison, SM, Hummer, DR, Ralph, JP, Fox, P & Hazen, RM 2018, 'Analysis and visualization of vanadium mineral diversity and distribution', American Mineralogist, vol. 103, no. 7, pp. 1080-1086. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2018-6274
Liu, Chao ; Eleish, Ahmed ; Hystad, Grethe ; Golden, Joshua J. ; Downs, Robert T ; Morrison, Shaunna M. ; Hummer, Daniel R. ; Ralph, Jolyon P. ; Fox, Peter ; Hazen, Robert M. / Analysis and visualization of vanadium mineral diversity and distribution. In: American Mineralogist. 2018 ; Vol. 103, No. 7. pp. 1080-1086.
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