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Division on Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology

President: Marian Holness (gmpv@egu.eu)
Deputy President: vacant

The Geochemistry-Mineralogy-Petrology-Volcanology division includes disciplines that are fundamental to, but not restricted to studies of the solid earth. Important themes include the nature, composition, structure of the Earth’s mantle; the composition, origin and evolution of the oceanic and continental crust; the formation and crystallization of magmas; the chemical compositions of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; element transfer between the surface envelopes of the earth; volcanoes and volcanism. While most of these studies fall in the realm of fundamental research, studies of pollution in the surface or subsurface waters, the formation of ore deposits, and the environmental impact of volcanism are examples of more applied research.

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The GMPV division collaborates with the VGP division of the American Geophysical Union, and with professional societies like the European Association of Geochemistry and the European Mineralogical Union.

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Call for GMPV Science Officers and ECS Committee members

We are opening a call for GMPV Division Science Officers and the GMPV Early Career Scientist committee with a deadline of 28 February. Please apply for these roles by emailing the current GMPV President Mike Burton and the incoming GMPV President Marian Holness with a 2 page CV and a short message explaining which role you are applying for, and what your initial plan of action would be.

For Science Officers, your role is to lead one of the following eight research themes in the GMPV programme. This means identifying and contacting potential conveners and encouraging them to propose a session, focussing on the areas indicated in parentheses but not being limited to these. The objective is to ensure that the programme is comprehensive, covering the entire GMPV remit, and that conveners are fully informed about guidelines, best practice and deadlines. Once the abstract deadline is passed, you will help to coordinate any session merging within your theme. At the General Assembly (GA), there will be a meeting of the GMPV Science Officers and you will be invited to join the Division Medallist for dinner. This role provides excellent opportunities for networking, increasing your profile, enriching your CV and helping your community.

The GMPV Early Career Scientists (ECS) committee focusses on networking, social media and social events at the GA and beyond. There are specific roles highlighted below. Please apply for one of the roles by sending Mike Burton and Marian Holness a 2-page CV and short statement of what you would do in the role. You will be invited to a GMPV ECS Committee lunch at the GA. This role provides great networking opportunities and enriches your CV, as well as increasing your knowledge of the GMPV research disciplines and helping the ECS community.

Science Officers and ECS Committee members will be approved at the GMPV Division meeting on Wednesday 10 April lunchtime during the 2019 EGU General Assembly.

GMPV Science Officer Roles

  1. Geochemistry of the Earth and terrestrial bodies (isotopic and geochemical constraints on planetary formation and differentiation)
  2. The mantle-surface connection in Earth's evolution (element cycling; lithospheric processes; destructive and constructive plate boundaries; hotspots and LIPs; kimberlites) 
  3. Deep Earth processes (deep Earth dynamics and mineralogy; geomagnetism; the core/mantle boundary)
  4. Low temperature mineralogy and metamorphism and fluid-rock interactions (experimental studies; shallow crustal processes and ore deposits; environmental geochemistry and mineralogy)
  5. Crustal evolution (metamorphic petrology: field, numerical and experimental approaches; timescales of metamorphic and igneous processes)
  6. Igneous petrology (crustal magma transport and storage; field, numerical and experimental approaches)
  7. Volcanic monitoring, observations and recent eruptions (support of long running sessions and response to new eruptions)
  8. Volcanic field studies, impacts and risk mitigation (volcanic deposits; risk maps; societal impacts; ash and aviation)

GMPV ECS Committee Roles

  • ECS Committee Coordinator/ Chair (responsible for linking the ECS committee to the GMPV President and the EGU ECS Officer)
  • ECS committee member for Twitter (aiming for 2 tweets per week from the GMPV twitter account, and coordinating live tweeting during GA from all GMPV ECS)
  • ECS committee member for Facebook (aiming for 2 posts per week, and coordinating posts during GA from all GMPV ECS)
  • ECS committee member Blog Editor (aiming for one new blog per month)
  • ECS committee member GMPV Web page editor (aiming for fortnightly updates)
  • ECS committee member for social events (aiming for 1-2 events at GA and perhaps another during other meetings)

Recent awardees

Daniela Rubatto

Daniela Rubatto

  • 2019
  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal

The 2019 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal is awarded to Daniela Rubatto in recognition of fundamental and far-reaching accomplishments in metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, geochronology and tectonics.


Evangelos Moulas

Evangelos Moulas

  • 2019
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2019 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Evangelos Moulas for his research on understanding and quantifying the dynamic coupling of rock mechanics, solid state diffusion and metamorphic reactions.


Andrew Putnis

Andrew Putnis

  • 2018
  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal

The 2018 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal is awarded to Andrew Putnis for outstanding contributions to our understanding of mineral transformations and mineral-fluid interactions.


Alexandra Gutmann

Alexandra Gutmann

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Alexandra Gutmann Bromine Chemistry in volcanic plumes – Development of in-situ denuder sampling techniques for hydrogen bromine


Caron Vossen

Caron Vossen

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Caron Vossen Can we predict seismogenic failure of single-phase magmatic liquids?


Estelle Bonny

Estelle Bonny

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Estelle Bonny A new perspective on lava lake dynamics from thermal remote sensing


Lisa de Ruiter

Lisa de Ruiter

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Lisa de Ruiter Quartz dissolution and M-S-H cement precipitation in a high pH ultramafic system

Latests posts on the GMPV blog

#mineralmonday: tiptopite

#mineralmonday: tiptopite

#mineralmonday: your weekly* dose of obscure mineralogy, every Monday** [*not guaranteed; **or possibly Tuesday-Sunday] What is it? Tiptopite: K2Na1.5Ca0.5Li3Be6(PO4)6(OH)2•(H2O) What’s it made of? Take a deep breath and recite after me: potassium, sodium, calcium, lithium, beryllium, phosphorus, oxygen and water (H2O). Is it pretty? Yes, it’s a beautiful fibrous mineral. You wouldn’t put it on jewelry though, or even in your pocket, or you’ll end up with needles and dust. Wikipedia defines ‘tip top’ as ‘a slang phrase which means …


How do crystal aggregates form in magma chambers?

How do crystal aggregates form in magma chambers?

By Penny Wieser (PhD student at the University of Cambridge) Clues into the inner workings of volcanoes can be gleamed from material which is erupted at the surface, or that which solidified at depth in the crust. Just before eruption, three main phases are present: a gas phase (containing water, carbon dioxide, sulphur, chlorine etc), a liquid melt phase (the magma), and a solid phase (consisting of lots of different kinds of crystals). Petrologists spend their lives studying these crystals, …


#mineralmonday : sengierite

#mineralmonday : sengierite

#mineralmonday: your weekly* dose of obscure mineralogy, every Monday** [*not guaranteed; **or possibly Tuesday-Sunday] What is it? Sengierite: Cu2(UO2)2V2O8.6(H2O) What’s it made of? A few useful metals – copper (Cu), vanadium (V), uranium (U), plus oxygen (O) and water (H2O). So by ‘useful’ you mean ‘radioactive’? Pretty much. The main reason people have been interested in this kind of mineral is the (very radioactive) uranium, which is important for nuclear power and military uses. The copper (not radioactive) is also …


Are mantle melts heterogeneous on a centimeter scale?

Are mantle melts heterogeneous on a centimeter scale?

The mantle makes up the majority of the volume of the Earth, but there is still a lot about it that we don’t understand. This is because we can’t observe it directly – forget ‘Journey to the center of the Earth’ – even our deepest drill holes (about 12 km deep) are merely tickling the surface of the planet (about 6400 km to the center). Most of what we know about the mantle comes from secondary sources of information. For …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

This month the EGU President Alberto Montanari wrote an open letter to funding agencies with information on the assessment of presentations given at EGU scientific meetings. The letter emphasises that there is no distinction regarding the standing, quality or prestige of oral, poster, or PICO presentations at the EGU General Assembly and recommends that funding agencies do not use presentation type as a criterion for assessing the scientific value of contributions.

In other important news this month, the EGU has launched Weather and Climate Dynamics, a new open-access, two-stage journal with open review dedicated to the publication and public discussion of high-quality research on dynamical processes in the atmosphere. The journal is now open for submissions.

Next month brings two important EGU deadlines. The call for candidates for EGU Union President, General Secretary and Division Presidents is open until 15 September: we encourage EGU members to nominate themselves or propose a candidate. Before that, 5 September is the deadline to submit session proposals and short course ideas to the EGU General Assembly 2020. Contribute to the conference programme by submitting your proposals.

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