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A worldwide hunt for new carbon minerals

The hunt is on for Earth's undiscovered carbon minerals. Scientists, using statistical calculations, now know how many are out there. They even have some...

Geologists focus on mineral for clues to beginning of biological life...

On the early Earth, light came not only from the sun but also from the incessant bombardment of fireball meteorites continually striking the planet....

Scientists find atmospheric gases trapped in minerals that are crystallized in...

With every breath we take, we inhale not only oxygen, but also a mix of gases. This mixture includes carbon dioxide and nitrogen, but...

Largest diamond in over century found in Botswana

A 1,111 carat "high quality diamond" has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a...

NASA Study Mineral Veins on Mars

Scientists now have a better understanding about a site with the most chemically diverse mineral veins NASA's Curiosity rover has examined on Mars, thanks...

Ancient sub-surface cracks may point to mineral deposits

CHINA’S stated intention to restrict vanadium exports may stimulate greater Australian efforts to mine it, so it comes as good timing that geologists are...

Mother-of-pearl’s genesis identified in mineral’s transformation

How nature makes its biominerals—things like teeth, bone and seashells—is a playbook scientists have long been trying to read. Among the most intriguing biominerals is...

Earth’s mineralogy unique in the cosmos

New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral...

Record high pressure squeezes secrets out of osmium

An international team of scientists led by the University of Bayreuth and with participation of DESY has created the highest static pressure ever achieved...

Ancient magma movements responsible for Gascoyne minerals

GEOLOGISTS have used a technique developed at Curtin University to determine magmatic fluids came up from the earth’s mantle repeatedly over the past 1600...

What Is Opal?

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica; its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6...

Discovery optimises uranium extraction process

EXTRACTIVE metallurgists from Murdoch University have discovered the dissolution mechanism for a mineral previously considered to be unrecoverable and discarded as waste. Brannerite (UTi2O6) is...

Rare earth element

What are Rare earth elements? A rare earth element (REE) or rare earth metal (REM), as defined by IUPAC, is one of a set of...

Geologist collaborates on study to determine mechanism associated with fault weakening

A University of Oklahoma structural geologist and collaborators are studying earthquake instability and the mechanisms associated with fault weakening during slip. The mechanism of...

A climate signal in the global distribution of copper deposits

Climate helps drive the erosion process that exposes economically valuable copper deposits and shapes the pattern of their global distribution, according to a new...

Frontiers in mineral exploration

An international group of specialists in the field of planetary sciences has found strong evidence that lava flows on Mars may also host base...

Rare Mineral found in a Wisconsin Crater

Scientists have discovered one of the rarest minerals on Earth in a Wisconsin impact crater. Aaron Cavosie of the University of Puerto Rico, and member...

‘Gold rush’ threatens tropical forests in South America

A global "gold rush" has led to a significant increase of deforestation in the tropical forests of South America. This is according to new research...

What makes pink diamonds pink?

They're one of the world's rarest jewels - but nobody knows for certain why pink diamonds are pink. That hasn't stopped investors from snapping them...

Putnisite: New Mineral Discovered in Australia

The new mineral is named putnisite after Drs Christine and Andrew Putnis from the University of Münster, Germany, for their outstanding contributions to mineralogy. Putnisite...

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