Probing the Earth: Melt and solid inclusions as probes to understand nature
Probing the Earth: Melt and solid inclusions as probes to understand nature
Editor(s): Elisabetta Rampone, Silvio Ferrero, Matteo Alvaro, and Ross Angel

Inclusions in natural rocks are an invaluable asset for geoscientists because they provide information about processes in the Earth's history that are otherwise hidden or subsequently overprinted. In particular, these "impurities" that are remnants of geological processes frozen in the rock record have the potential to provide quantitative data necessary for quantifying a wealth of processes of great impact for all humankind. The field of inclusion studies has been revolutionized in the last 2 decades with the development of ever more precise microanalytical probes that allow us for the first time to characterize tiny inclusions, as well as with a parallel development in theory that now allows the new data measured on inclusions to be used to define the chemical and physical conditions at the time of their formation.

Papers are invited on all aspects of solid and melt inclusions, both reviews of methodologies and specific case studies applied to all fields of geology, so that the special issue provides a comprehensive view of the latest developments of this fertile field. If you wish to discuss potential topics for your submission, please contact the guest editors.

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19 Feb 2024
Inclusions in magmatic zircon from Slavonian mountains (eastern Croatia): anatase, kumdykolite and kokchetavite and implications for the magmatic evolution
Petra Schneider and Dražen Balen
Eur. J. Mineral., 36, 209–223,,, 2024
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26 Jan 2024
Review of melt inclusions in lunar rocks: constraints on melt and mantle composition and magmatic processes
Youxue Zhang
Eur. J. Mineral., 36, 123–138,,, 2024
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23 Nov 2023
H2O and Cl in deep crustal melts: the message of melt inclusions in metamorphic rocks
Silvio Ferrero, Alessia Borghini, Laurent Remusat, Gautier Nicoli, Bernd Wunder, and Roberto Braga
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 1031–1049,,, 2023
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09 Nov 2023
Constraining the volatile evolution of mafic melts at Mt. Somma–Vesuvius, Italy, based on the composition of reheated melt inclusions and their olivine hosts
Rosario Esposito, Daniele Redi, Leonid V. Danyushevsky, Andrey Gurenko, Benedetto De Vivo, Craig E. Manning, Robert J. Bodnar, Matthew Steele-MacInnis, and Maria-Luce Frezzotti
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 921–948,,, 2023
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21 Aug 2023
First measurements of the Fe oxidation state of spinel inclusions in olivine single crystals from Vulture (Italy) with the in situ synchrotron micro-Mössbauer technique
Giulia Marras, Gabriele Carnevale, Antonio Caracausi, Silvio Giuseppe Rotolo, and Vincenzo Stagno
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 665–678,,, 2023
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18 Jul 2023
Metamorphic PT paths of Archean granulite facies metasedimentary lithologies from the eastern Beartooth Mountains of the northern Wyoming Province, Montana, USA: constraints from quartz-in-garnet (QuiG) Raman elastic barometry, geothermobarometry, and thermodynamic modeling
Larry Tuttle and Darrell J. Henry
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 499–522,,, 2023
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17 Jul 2023
Detrital garnet petrology challenges Paleoproterozoic ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in western Greenland
Jan Schönig, Carsten Benner, Guido Meinhold, Hilmar von Eynatten, and N. Keno Lünsdorf
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 479–498,,, 2023
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11 Jul 2023
Elasticity of mixtures and implications for piezobarometry of mixed-phase inclusions
Ross J. Angel, Mattia L. Mazzucchelli, Kira A. Musiyachenko, Fabrizio Nestola, and Matteo Alvaro
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 461–478,,, 2023
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31 May 2023
In situ single-crystal X-ray diffraction of olivine inclusion in diamond from Shandong, China: implications for the depth of diamond formation
Yanjuan Wang, Fabrizio Nestola, Huaikun Li, Zengqian Hou, Martha G. Pamato, Davide Novella, Alessandra Lorenzetti, Pia Antonietta Antignani, Paolo Cornale, Jacopo Nava, Guochen Dong, and Kai Qu
Eur. J. Mineral., 35, 361–372,,, 2023
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