Read a curated collection of innovative geoscience research across our Environmental and Sustainability journal portfolios and learn about the recent discoveries in earth science that are driving environmental progress worldwide.

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Earth Science Week 2023 is held this year from October 8 - 14, 2023, with a focus on Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), who leads this annual event, describes this year's theme as one that will "explore established and emerging technologies and techniques used by geoscientists as they play a growing role in society through developing stable infrastructure; fostering sustainable water, mineral and energy resources; analyzing and applying data about the Earth; and keeping people safe from natural hazards."

In celebration of Earth Science Week 2023, we have gathered a curated collection of innovative geoscience research across our Environmental and Sustainability journal portfolios. We invite you to explore the articles below and learn more about the recent discoveries in earth science that are driving environmental progress all over the world.

ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

Unraveling the Genesis of Highly Fractionated Rare-Metal Granites in the Nubian Shield via the Rare-Earth Elements Tetrad Effect, Sr–Nd Isotope Systematics, and Mineral Chemistry
Mabrouk Sami*, Mohamed Abd El Monsef, Rainer Abart, Fatma Toksoy-Köksal, and Khaled M. Abdelfadil
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.2c00125

Provenance Characterization of Campanian Lacustrine Organic-Rich Mudstones on the Southern Tethyan Margin, Egypt
Douaa Fathy*, Michael Wagreich, Theodoros Ntaflos, and Mabrouk Sami
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00245

Rare-Earth Elements and Heavy Metals in Atmospheric Particulate Matter in an Urban Area
Shahadev Rabha, K. S. V. Subramanyam, Sariput S. Sawant, and Binoy K. Saikia*
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.2c00009

The Unprecedented Ozone Loss in the Arctic Winter and Spring of 2010/2011 and 2019/2020
Divakaran Ardra, Jayanarayanan Kuttippurath*, Raina Roy, Pankaj Kumar, Sarath Raj, Rolf Müller, and Wuhu Feng
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00333

Climatic Controls on a Holocene Mercury Stable Isotope Sediment Record of Lake Titicaca
Martin Jiskra*, Stéphane Guédron*, Julie Tolu, Sherilyn C. Fritz, Paul A. Baker, and Jeroen E. Sonke
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00304

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Recovery of Critical Metals from Aqueous Sources
Serife E. Can Sener, Valerie M. Thomas, David E. Hogan, Raina M. Maier, Michael Carbajales-Dale, Mark D. Barton, Tanju Karanfil, John C. Crittenden, and Gary L. Amy*
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c03005

Insights into Carbon Dioxide Hydrate Nucleation on the External Basal Surface of Clay Minerals from Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Yun Li, Meng Chen, Hui Tang, Songbai Han*, Hongzhe Song, Pengfei Wang, Yusheng Zhao*, and Jinlong Zhu*
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.2c01046

Process Simulations Reveal the Carbon Dioxide Removal Potential of a Process That Mineralizes Industrial Waste Streams via an Ion Exchange-Based Regenerable pH Swing
Steven Bustillos, Dale Prentice, Erika Callagon La Plante, Bu Wang, Gaurav Sant, and Dante Simonetti*
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.2c00458

Site-Specific Mineralization of a Polyester Hydrolysis Product in Natural Soil
Derek C. Batiste, Guilhem X. De Hoe, Taylor F. Nelson, Katharina Sodnikar, Kristopher McNeill*, Michael Sander*, and Marc A. Hillmyer*
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c07948

Environmental Science & Technology

Embracing the Intersections of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Geosciences to Solve Grand Challenges of the 21st Century
Hang Deng*, Daniel Giammar, Wei Li, and Avner Vengosh
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.3c04795

Risk Control Values and Remediation Goals for Benzo[a]pyrene in Contaminated Sites: Sectoral Characteristics, Temporal Trends, and Empirical Implications
Jingjing Yu, Huilong Luo, Bin Yang, Minghao Wang, Yiwei Gong, Panpan Wang, Yufang Jiao, Tian Liang, Hongguang Cheng, Fujun Ma, Qingbao Gu, and Fasheng Li*
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c09553

Regionalized Life Cycle Inventories of Global Sulfidic Copper Tailings
Lugas Raka Adrianto*, Stephan Pfister, and Stefanie Hellweg
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c01786

Assessing Unconventional Oil and Gas Exposure in the Appalachian Basin: Comparison of Exposure Surrogates and Residential Drinking Water Measurements
Cassandra J. Clark*, Boya Xiong, Mario A. Soriano Jr., Kristina Gutchess, Helen G. Siegel, Emma C. Ryan, Nicholaus P. Johnson, Kelsie Cassell, Elise G. Elliott, Yunpo Li, Austin J. Cox, Nicolette Bugher, Lukas Glist, Rebecca J. Brenneis, Keli M. Sorrentino, Julie Plano, Xiaomei Ma, Joshua L. Warren, Desiree L. Plata, James E. Saiers, and Nicole C. Deziel
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c05081

Insights into the Selective Transformation of Ceria Sulfation and Iron/Manganese Mineralization for Enhancing the Selective Recovery of Rare Earth Elements
Fengping Zhou, Ye Xiao*, Meina Guo, Shizhong Wang, Rongliang Qiu, Jean-Louis Morel, Marie-Odile Simonnot, Wei-Xian Zhang, Weihua Zhang*, and Ye-Tao Tang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c08395

Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Transboundary Atmospheric Pollution from Mountaintop Coal Mining
Colin A. Cooke* and Paul E. Drevnick
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.2c00677

Glyphosate and Fluoride in High-Hardness Drinking Water Are Positively Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka
Jake C. Ulrich, Kate Hoffman, T. D. K. S. C. Gunasekara, P. M. M. A. Sandamini, Brian P. Jackson, P. Mangala C. S. De Silva, Nishad Jayasundara*, and P. Lee Ferguson*
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.3c00504

Sociodemographic Disparities in Mercury Exposure from United States Coal-Fired Power Plants
Mona Q. Dai*, Benjamin M. Geyman, Xindi C. Hu, Colin P. Thackray, and Elsie M. Sunderland
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.3c00216

Geochemical Integrity of Wellbore Cements during Geological Hydrogen Storage
Adnan Aftab, Aliakbar Hassanpouryouzband*, Abby Martin, Jackie E. Kendrick, Eike M. Thaysen, Niklas Heinemann, James Utley, Mark Wilkinson, R. Stuart Haszeldine, and Katriona Edlmann*
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.3c00303

Quantitative Review of Olivine Carbonation Kinetics: Reactivity Trends, Mechanistic Insights, and Research Frontiers
Quin R. S. Miller*, H. Todd Schaef, John P. Kaszuba, Greeshma Gadikota, B. Peter McGrail, and Kevin M. Rosso
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.9b00301

Mineralogy Controlled Dissolution of Uranium from Airborne Dust in Simulated Lung Fluids (SLFs) and Possible Health Implications
Eshani Hettiarachchi, Shaylene Paul, Daniel Cadol, Bonnie Frey, and Gayan Rubasinghege*
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00557

Isotopic Labeling Reveals Microbial Methane Oxidation Coupled to Fe(III) Mineral Reduction in Sediments from an As-Contaminated Aquifer
Aleksandra Pienkowska, Martyna Glodowska*, Muammar Mansor, Daniel Buchner, Daniel Straub, Sara Kleindienst, and Andreas Kappler
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00553

ACS ES&T Water

Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply in the Continental United States: A Comprehensive Assessment
Kenneth Belitz*, Miranda S. Fram, Bruce D. Lindsey, Paul E. Stackelberg, Laura M. Bexfield, Tyler D. Johnson, Bryant C. Jurgens, James A. Kingsbury, Peter B. McMahon, and Neil M. Dubrovsky
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00390

Unique Geochemistry of Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater and Corresponding Mitigation Efforts in Southern Nepal
Barbara Mueller*, Mike C. K. Chan, and Stephan J. Hug
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00404

Mo Contamination in Rivers near the Erdenet Mining Area, Mongolia: Field Evidence of High Mobility of Mo at pH >8
Solongo Tsetsgee*, Akihiro Okuyama, Altansukh Ochir, Ariuntungalag Yunden, Enkhjin Odgerel, Taivanbat Batbold, Enkh-Uur Munkhsukd, Yoshio Takahashi, Takashi Munemoto, Masato Honda, and Keisuke Fukushi*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00046

Sediment Flux, Coastal Development, and Industrial Pressure Drive the Historical Vanadium Concentrations in the East China Sea and Two Bays of Shandong
Roberto Xavier Supe Tulcan, Wei Ouyang*, Zewei Guo, Hao Xin, Chunye Lin, Jiamei Wang, and Mengchang He
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.3c00172

Hydrogeochemical Processes Limiting Aqueous and Colloidal Fe Export in a Headwater Stream Impaired by Acid Mine Drainage
Lindsey D. Yazbek, Kortney A. Cole, Allie Shedleski, David Singer, and Elizabeth M. Herndon*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.0c00002

Gross Alpha-Particle Activity and High 226Ra Concentrations Do Not Correspond with High 210Po in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain Aquifers of the United States
Zoltan Szabo*, Charles A. Cravotta III, Paul E. Stackelberg, and Kenneth Belitz
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00027

Microbe–Mineral Interaction-Induced Microorganism-Augmented Permeable Reactive Barriers for Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater: A Review
Wenbing Wang, Meng Zhang, Hao Qiu, Tiantian Gong, Minghui Xiang, and Hui Li*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.3c00188

Impacts of River Damming on Sediment Methylmercury Dynamics
Honghai Ma, Qiuwen Chen*, Dongsheng Liu, Yuchen Chen, Yuqing Lin, Jianyun Zhang*, and Xingcheng Yan
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00397

ACS ES&T Engineering

Dewatered and Stacked Mine Tailings: A Review
Erin Furnell, Ksenia Bilaniuk, Matthew Goldbaum, Mohammed Shoaib, Omar Wani, Xinyi Tian, Zhirong Chen, Darryel Boucher, and Erin Rae Bobicki*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00480

Electrolytic Seawater Mineralization and the Mass Balances That Demonstrate Carbon Dioxide Removal
Erika Callagon La Plante*, Xin Chen, Steven Bustillos, Arnaud Bouissonnie, Thomas Traynor, David Jassby, Lorenzo Corsini, Dante A. Simonetti, and Gaurav N. Sant*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.3c00004

Carbon Mineralization in Reactive Silicate Zones
Anne H. Menefee and Brian R. Ellis*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00066

In Situ Recovery of Copper: Identifying Mineralogical Controls via Model-Based Analysis of Multistage Column Leach Experiments
Pablo Ortega-Tong, James Jamieson, Laura Kuhar, Leon Faulkner, and Henning Prommer*
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.2c00404

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