Session – Unseen but Integral to the Earth’s Interior: How Minerals Determine Properties and Processes

We can’t hold many of them in our hands but they are critical to the Earth’s engine, the minerals that make up the Earth’s interior. The way they respond to changes in pressure, temperature and composition and react with one another and their environment determines properties and processes, basically how the inside of the Earth came to be what it is today and how it may evolve in the future. We invite contributions on all aspects of high-pressure mineralogy, both experimental and computational, that shed new light on our understanding of what lies beneath our feet.


Session convenor

Dr Catherine McCammon (Germany)
University of Bayreuth

Catherine McCammon is a senior scientist at Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth. Her research interests extend over the physics and chemistry of minerals and their influence on Earth properties and processes, but she is probably best known for her enthusiasm as a Mössbauer spectroscopist.


  • Paola Cormodi
  • Toru Inoue
  • Eiji Ohtani
  • Jeremy Wykes