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  • Researchers at Argonne looked at the dynamics of the transport of certain elements – especially rubidium – at the interface between water and mica, a flat transparent mineral pictured above. (Image by Beth Harvey/Shutterstock.)

    Mica provides clue to how water transports minerals

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    In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Delaware, chemists have been able to look at the interface between water and muscovite mica, a flat mineral commonly found in granite, soils and many sediments. In particular, the researchers looked at the capture and release of rubidium – a metal closely related to but more easily singled out than common elements like potassium and sodium.