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Research at the Mineralogical-Geological Museum in the field of mineralogy has its origin in the great achievements of Victor Moritz Goldschmidt (1888-1947) and Waldemar Christofer Brøgger (1851–1940). The research of NHM’s mineralogy team is strongly based on the museum’s collections and fieldwork worldwide, but with an emphasis on Norwegian localities. The overall aim of our research is the understanding of minerals including their properties, formation, and occurrence. Our research principally follows two concepts:  First, the descriptive mineralogy, the description of the internal structure of minerals and their physical and chemical properties, and, second, the genetic mineralogy explaining the diversity of minerals on Earth and how and why they are formed. Applied mineralogy is also an important part of our research explaining which and how minerals are used for manufacturing items used in our daily life. Recent research activities of the mineralogy group deal with mechanism of element mobility in various geological settings including the following research topics:


  •  Element mobility and enrichments in felsic silicon-saturated and silicon-undersaturated systems (Müller, Friis)

  •  Mineralogy of alkaline complexes and their potential as REE resources (Friis, Müller)

  • Mineralogy, geochemistry and genesis of granitic pegmatites and their economic geology (Müller, Selbekk)

  • Physical and structural properties of minerals as templates for new materials (Friis)

  •  The crystal chemistry of minerals in particular Be, REE and Nb-minerals (Friis)

  • Trace element chemistry of quartz and its petrogenetic and economic implications (Müller)

  •  Genesis of industrial mineral deposits (quartz, feldspar, mica, fluorite) (Müller)

  • Systematic mineralogy and mineral paragnesis related to Norwegian mineral localities (Friis, Selbekk)

  • Anatexis of mafic rocks in the presence or absence of a H2O-bearing fluid phase (Müller)

  • Mineralogy and chemistry of meteorites (Friis)

Published Sep. 9, 2015 3:57 PM - Last modified Jan. 10, 2019 11:05 AM