- Oct 15, 2017
- Reaction score
- mid-Michigan, USoA
The planet's evolution and 'microbial poop' were just some of the wide ranging topics US mineralogist Dr. Robert Hazen covered at the UNSW Center for Ideas event last night.
one bit that stands out quickly:
""The biggest punchline of that paper was that more than half of all minerals on Earth are a consequence of living systems," he said."
but there is a lot more interesting pondering there besides.
for those who don't care much about science i'm sure such articles aren't even read, but as a gardener, i want to understand what is going on out there in the world around me and even things happening under my feet.
of course, other parts are interesting too, like the Mono Lake hazenite crystals. microbial crystaline poop. microbes living in such an extreme environment that they can't get rid of alkaline phosphate so they have to excrete it as a crystal. i dunno about you but figuring out these microbes and having them able to excrete mineral crystals of various types could be very useful (perhaps in low gravity places like space too).