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List L - Minerals
The notes under Searching attempt to guide the searcher in the use of the list. Searchers might also read the notes on Indexing for further clues but should be aware that these notes reflect current practice which in some cases differs from past practice. Further notes on specific terms are in the body of the Thesaurus and additional notes on searching are in the GeoRef Thesaurus, 11th edition Introduction section on searching beginning on page x. Information specific to searching and the individual list topics is included, e.g., a section on minerals begins on page xi.
Under Indexing the current indexing practice is given. These notes should be read along with the instructions under the individual terms in the body of the Thesaurus.
The term new minerals is used with a new mineral species.
Clay mineralogy as a discipline is treated separately.
See List C-1 for minerals being discussed as commodities.
Some mineral species may not be treated from a mineralogical point of view. It is advisable therefore to search for "mineralogic" papers using the mineral species together with the general term mineralogy or the mineralogy category, see List A.
To search for a group of minerals, search for the group name. For more information see specific minerals in the main body of the Thesaurus.
For papers dealing with gemological aspects, one should search for a mineral in combination with gems. For mineral collecting search a mineral in combination with (collecting OR popular geology).
A search of the term clay mineralogy will retrieve papers dealing with all aspects of clay minerals: mineralogy, structure, composition, occurrence as constituents of rocks, etc.
Any name valid according to the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) may be indexed, however, special characters in the name are generally left out. Prefixes with chemical names may be valid, e.g.
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