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Recently discovered mineral named for LSU professor
“A lifelong passion has been to discover and decode the geologic information embedded in tourmaline; this recognition is a highlight of our discoveries!” she said in a news release Friday from LSU.
The statement said Italian researchers named dutrowite for her because of her contributions to mineral sciences, especially her research showing that tourmalines — a family of gemstones — hold evidence of their geological history.
Some of Dutrow’s articles in scientific journals have had titles such “The tourmaline diaries: An eye-catching mineral and it many facets,” ”Tourmaline: A geologic DVD” and “Tourmaline as a petrologic forensic mineral.”
The International Mineralogical Association accepted the name in December, LSU said.
Tourmalines come in a wide variety of colors.
The mineral was discovered in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany, Italy, near the Grotta del Vento (Cave of the Wind). It formed about 20 million years ago from compression and heating of a volcanic rock called rhyolite during the collision of the African and European tectonic plates.
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