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

Grethe Hystad, Robert T Downs, Robert M. Hazen

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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% 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-661
Number of pages15
JournalMathematical Geosciences
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2015

Keywords

  • Mineral ecology
  • Mineral frequency distribution
  • Statistical mineralogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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