Donald Canfield Named 2024 Victor M. Goldschmidt Medalist

February 19, 2024

Donald E. Canfield, Professor and DIAS chair at Syddansk Universitet (Denmark) will receive the 2024 Victor M. Goldschmidt Award this August. The Goldschmidt Award is the society's highest honor, presented annually for major achievements in geochemistry over a career. Prof. Canfield is recognized for his reinvention of how to extrapolate sophisticated mechanistic understandings of microbial metabolisms and their elemental and isotopic consequences to elevate our understanding of Earth's environmental and biological history.

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Satoshi Utsunomiya Named 2024 Clair C. Patterson Medalist

February 19, 2024

Satoshi Utsunomiya, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Kyushu University (Japan), will receive the 2024 Clair C. Patterson Award in August. The award is presented annually for an innovative breakthrough in environmental geochemistry of fundamental significance within the last decade, particularly in service to society. Prof. Utsunomiya is recognized for his creative application of advanced techniques, especially electron microscopy and spectroscopy, to the understanding of the environmental mobility of radionuclides, and other elements/particles of concern. His research provides the foundation for estimates of health effects and the development of mitigation/decommissioning strategies.

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Jihua Hao Named 2024 F. W. Clarke Medalist

February 19, 2024

Jihua Hao, a Professor in the Department of Geochemistry and Planetary Sciences of the University of Science and Technology of China, will receive the 2024 F. W. Clarke Award this August. The Clarke Award honors a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry by an early-career scientist. Prof. Hao is recognized for his work on quantification of early Earth and planetary geochemical conditions and processes. In particular, he developed models of late Archean weathering, river-water chemistry, and the availability of phosphorous on the early Earth and Enceladus.

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Elements: Extraterrestrial Organic Matter

February 15, 2024

Extraterrestrial organic matter is found in various extraterrestrial environments and in various forms. It forms in a variety of locations through different mechanisms in space. As such, its nature, distribution, formation mechanisms and locations are of particular interest. Some organic molecules are even considered as key players for the emergence of life on Earth and possibly beyond. Therefore, their detection and characterization can contribute to the understanding of the early solar system evolution as well as the origin of life. Despite decades of work and research, there are still many questions and unknowns on this topic. The aim of this issue of Elements is to offer an overview of the concept of extraterrestrial organic matter as well as the latest scientific findings.

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New Members Join GS Board

January 24, 2024

(New board members, from left: Dominique Weis, Natasha Barrett, Sung Hi Choi, Tony Kemp, and Marian Selorm Sapah.)

The membership of the GS elected five new members to the Board of Directors in December. Dominique Weis will serve as vice president for two years and then as president beginning in 2026. Natasha Barrett was elected as an early career director for a two-year term. Sung Hi Choi, Tony Kemp, and Marian Selorm Sapah joined the board as directors from Region 3 for three-year terms. More information about the board and its role in governing the society can be found on this page.

Elements: Geometallurgy

January 09, 2024

Geometallurgy is an interdisciplinary research field concerned with the planning, monitoring, and optimization of mineral resource extrac­tion and processing. Geometallurgy requires a quantitative understanding of primary resource characteristics such as mineralogical composition and texture, the distribution and variability of these characteristics across the target ore body, and how these interact with mining and beneficiation processes. This requires accurate analytical data for resource characterization, a detailed under­standing of ore body geology, process technology, economics, and the often­-complex interactions between them. In this issue of Elements, we explore the fundamental concepts relevant to the field. We also review how current geometallurgical research is opening up opportunities for geoscientists to generate better economic and environmental outcomes for the global raw materials industry as part of a sustainable economy.  

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Elements: Large Igneous Provinces: Versatile Drivers of Global Change

December 13, 2023

Earth’s history is punctuated by volcanic episodes at a scale never witnessed by humans, known as large igneous provinces (LIPs). These extraordinary volcanic and tectonic events are associated with profound changes to planet Earth, including its climate and habitability. One of the major factors controlling the impacts of LIPs is the cocktail of gases emitted to the atmosphere and oceans. In this issue of Elements, we explore the versatile impacts of LIPs, from their connections to mass extinctions in aquatic and terrestrial environments to climate warming and global icehouse events. This issue also highlights our current understanding of subterranean architectures of LIPs, processes and consequences of interaction between LIP magma and surrounding crustal rocks, and advances in the timing of intrusive events.

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Vote in the GS Board Election

December 05, 2023

All current GS members are entitled to vote in the annual Board of Directors election. The board governs the society throughout the year and represents the interests of the membership. Please take a moment to review the slate of candidates and vote. The election is open until 22 December 2023. If you have not received your ballot by email, please let us know at

Annual GS Members Meeting

November 01, 2023

The GS held its annual meeting of the membership on Thursday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The meeting  took place online. GS President Sumit Chakraborty presented an update on society programs followed by time for discussion.

If you missed the meeting, the recording is now available to watch at your convenience.
Watch the Meeting
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Elements: Biomagnetism

October 16, 2023

In this thematic issue of Elements, we look into biomagnetism and the production of magnetic minerals by microorganisms. In popular culture, this may have supernatural connotations; however, in reality, there are many microscopic biological organisms possessing magnetic behaviour owing to their formation of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) such as magnetite (Fe3O4), maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), and greigite (Fe3S4). We look broadly at the relationship between biogenic MNP formation and biomagnetism: focusing on the mechanisms responsible for these minerals by bacteria; seeking to address whether MNP hold clues to the evolution of life on Earth, and potentially beyond; investigating the contribution of biomagnetism to the biogeochemical cycling of iron; considering the potential application of MNP for industrial remediation; and probing the presence of MNP in multicellular prokaryotes and eukaryotic organisms.

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