Is Mineral Evolution A Frame For Understanding Minerals And All The Stages And Process That Created Them?

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• Introduction: -
This framework of “mineral evolution” has been presented by Robert M. Hazen. As from the heading, you can imagine it’s something related to minerals and their origin. As we all know, Earth was formed 4.6 billion years ago. There were no minerals, in fact, even no kind of solids were there. Years passed by, new mineral-generating processes came into play which resulted into development of Earth’s diverse mineralogy. Earth today, in contrast, have nearly more than 4,400 mineral species. Still, there are more to be discovered. Still, there are many question in our mind, how did these all things happened? What caused Earth’s diversification? To answer all these questions, Robert M. Hazen presented this new framework. According to Hazen, “Nonliving world is a stage on which life plays out its evolutionary drama”. This research was necessary to understand Earth’s history as a frame for understanding minerals and all the stages and process that created them.
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According to Hazen, Over the past four and a half billion years Earth has passed through series of stages in which more and more minerals developed. Here, Evolution of Earth and its minerals has been analyzed, which are divided into stages – Making of Earth, Black Earth, Red Earth, White Earth, Green Earth. Let’s start with Making of Earth- This happened around 4.5 billions years ago, when number of planetesimals (dust, rock materials, gas in solar system) collided to form Earth. These…

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