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Featuring a Focus on phosphorus and articles on universal precipitation drivers, contributions of soil mosses, collapsing eruption columns, and more.


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    Phosphorus is a key nutrient for life on Earth and its abundance shapes ecosystems. Here we present a collection of research articles and other content from Nature Geoscience that examines how the phosphorus cycle has influenced the biogeochemical history of the Earth system and how it is now changing due to human influences.

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  • Nature Geoscience spoke with Dr Shlomit Sharoni, an ocean biogeochemist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dr Kelly Andersen, a tropical ecologist at Nanyang Technological University about the interplay between phosphorous cycling and the ecosystems they study.

    • James Super
  • From Dutch painters to ocean sediments, Caroline Slomp discusses the role vivianite plays in the distribution of phosphorus, an essential nutrient for life.

    • Caroline P. Slomp
    All Minerals Considered
  • Ecosystems have long been shaped by phosphorus limitation. We need to better understand how natural and human-caused shifts in the phosphorus cycle disrupt the Earth system.

  • Night-time chemistry has an important contribution to air pollution over China and India. Understanding the chemical evolution of pollution in the atmosphere at night is needed for effective solutions to improve air quality.

  • Following on from insights gleaned from iron meteorites, Claire Nichols explains why tetrataenite, with its unique magnetic properties, could be key for future renewable energy technologies.

    • Claire I. O. Nichols
    All Minerals Considered
Phosphorus-containing fertilizer pellets applied to wheat crops.

Phosphorus cycling

Phosphorus is a key nutrient for life on Earth and its abundance shapes ecosystems.