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.
- Mineral ecology
- Mineral frequency distribution
- Statistical mineralogy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mathematics (miscellaneous)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)