EARTH: Protecting the Mineral Treasures of Antarctica’s Larsemann Hills

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From EARTH Magazine, 01/21/15  --  In 2003, scientists visited the Stornes Peninsula in Antarctica’s Larsemann Hills to study the rocks — especially those containing boron and phosphorus minerals. What they found set them on a decade-long path to protect the geology, culminating in 2014 with the naming of the site as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area. Stornes Peninsula became only the fifth location in Antarctica with geologic features deemed sufficiently precious to the geologic community to receive this high level of protection.

Read more about the adventures that led to the discovery of new minerals and how scientists have worked to preserve this unusual location in the February issue of EARTH magazine:   

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