Petrology articles from across Nature Portfolio

Petrology is the study of the macroscopic and microscopic mineralogical and chemical composition of rocks. In addition to assessing sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks that are accessible at the surface, experimental petrology aims to create high pressure and temperature conditions to investigate what rock types may exist in the Earth’s subsurface.

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  • Comments & Opinion |

    Earth’s most abundant mineral — bridgmanite — lies hidden in the lower mantle, but Li Zhang is hopeful that advances in analytical techniques may reveal the inner workings of our world.

    • Li Zhang
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Delving into recent and historical discoveries, Ananya Mallik explains how diamonds track the workings of the deep Earth that are hidden from view.

    • Ananya Mallik
  • Editorial |

    Permeating every aspect of life – and each with a multitude of stories to tell – we celebrate the utility, beauty and wonder of minerals in a new column: all minerals considered.

  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems finds that chlorite- and serpentine-rich assemblages are most likely to control the frictional properties at subduction zone plate interfaces.

    • Erin Scott
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Habitability of exoplanet’s deepest oceans could be limited by the presence of high-pressure ices at their base. New work demonstrates that efficient chemical transport within deep planetary ice mantles is possible through significant salt incorporation within the high-pressure ice.

    • Baptiste Journaux