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Life helps make almost half of Earth’s minerals

kzrdude

When they say “half” they mean half of the kinds. It's not like half of the weight of the minerals on earth.

dr_dshiv

Many aquagenic minerals are so close to being life themselves. We have way more mineral species on earth than on non-water bearing planets.

tgv

Can you give an example or a link? When I search for "aquagenic minerals," I find absolutely nothing like what I infer to be "minerals that generate water."

thaumasiotes

It's possible that "aquagenic minerals" means "minerals that are created in water"; it would be weird for minerals to generate water.

dr_dshiv

https://www.iflscience.com/catalog-of-every-known-mineral-on...

6000 minerals and over 10,000 mineral kinds, 80% of which result from water-based production processes (what I’m referring to as aquagenic formation). Not sure the proper term, sorry for the confusion.

heavyset_go

I'm imagining they mean mineral hydrates but maybe I'm wrong.

dr_dshiv

It might be a neologism but im using it in the sense of biogenic and abiogenic mineral creation.

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zeristor

Shame the paper itself is behind a paywall.

adamius

We could just comment on the title...