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World’s fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

One of the world's largest diamonds has been found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small country surrounded by South Africa. The diamond...

What is the Black Stone of Mecca? What is the type...

What is the Black Stone of Mecca? The Black Stone of Mecca, Al-Ḥajaru al-Aswad, "Black Stone", or Kaaba Stone, is a Muslim relic, which according...

New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes

Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. These microscopic grains, commonly the width...

Emerald weighing more than 600 pounds found in Brazil

An enormous £238million emerald rock discovered in a gem mining field in Brazil is being kept under heavy security in a secret location as...

Clay mineral waters Earth’s mantle from the inside

The first observation of a super-hydrated phase of the clay mineral kaolinite could improve our understanding of processes that lead to volcanism and affect...

What Is Sea Glass?

What Is Sea Glass? Sea glass and beach glass are similar but come from two different types of water. "Sea glass" is physically and chemically...

What is the Difference Between a Mineral and a Mineraloid?

What is Mineral? A mineral is a naturally occurring chemical compound, usually of crystalline form and abiogenic in origin (not produced by life processes). A...

Large Yellow Rough Diamond unearthed

ALROSA’s affiliate Almazy Anabara has extracted a large 34.17-carat yellow diamond. It is the largest fancy-colored rough diamond extracted by the Company this year. The...

Researchers document transformation of graphite into hexagonal diamond

A new study by Washington State University researchers answers longstanding questions about the formation of a rare type of diamond during major meteorite strikes. Hexagonal...

Newly discovered Minerals in Volcanic Rock that May Offer new insights...

The first 1.5 billion years of Earth's evolution is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the lack of any significant rock record prior to...

Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining

Less than half of our planet's surface is covered by land. The rest is water, and this environment is home to an enormous range...

Diamonds deliver insights into the chemistry of the deep Earth’s interior

Nitrogen is one of the most enigmatic elements within system Earth. No matter where in the world scientists take measurements, in the atmosphere or...

Zircon as Earth’s timekeeper: Are we reading the clock right?

Zircon crystals in igneous rocks must be carefully examined and not relied upon solely to predict future volcanic eruptions and other tectonic events, QUT...

Davidsmithite a new Ca-bearing nepheline-group mineral

Davidsmithite, a newly approved feldspathoid mineral (IMA 2016-070), occurs as a rock-forming mineral in the Liset eclogite pod (Norwegian Caledonides). The approved electron-microprobe analysis gave...

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for Native American communities. Yet, relatively little is known about the...

Microbes Leave “Fingerprints” on Martian Rocks

At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in...

Diamonds show Earth still capable of ‘superhot’ surprises

Diamonds may be 'forever' but some may have formed more recently than geologists thought. A study of 26 diamonds, formed under extreme melting conditions...

Measuring the strength of olivine, the most abundant mineral in the...

University of Delaware professor Jessica Warren and colleagues from Stanford University, Oxford University and University of Pennsylvania, reported new data that material size-effects matter...

Tectonic plates ‘weaker than previously thought,’ say scientists

Experiments carried out at Oxford University have revealed that tectonic plates are weaker than previously thought. The finding explains an ambiguity in lab work...

What is Nephrite Jade? And Where are their Sources?

Nephrite is a variety of the calcium, magnesium, and iron-rich amphibole minerals tremolite or actinolite (aggregates of which also make up one form of...

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