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December 14, 2017
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UMass Research Centers Around Ferro-Manganese Nodules
(2007-11-08)
(wfcr) - A UMass Amherst geologist has found some of the largest and fastest growing mineral deposits in North America, in a New Hampshire lake. Celeste Asikainen says if researchers can understand the environmental conditions that created the deposits of copper, iron and other heavy metals, it could help discover new metal sources. Asikainen is trying to determine why these particular deposits also known as nodules were found clinging to a "Moxi" soda bottle from 1929.

The iron and manganese found on these nodules is often mined in deep seas. Asikainen plans to continue her research by examining deposits in other New Hampshire lakes. Her findings were just published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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