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Published in Chemical Geology 215 (2005) 1 – 4.


This special issue is a tribute to Robert O. Rye, known as "Bob" to most, in light of his highly productive and ongoing career. Almost all of the papers in this issue are derived from topical sessions on sulfate minerals in hydrothermal and low-temperature environments. The sessions, held at the 2000 Geological Society of America meeting in Reno, NV, and sponsored jointly by the Mineralogical Society of America, the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geochemical Society, included 29 oral and 9 poster presentations. The sessions complemented a short course on the crystallography, geochemistry and environmental significance of sulfate minerals, sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society, which immediately preceded the meeting (Alpers et al., 2000). The 23 papers in this special issue typify the breadth of Bob Rye’s research in this important area of geochemistry.