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World’s Rarest Minerals Cataloged

Scientists have categorised the Earth's rarest minerals. None of 2,500 species described is known from more than five locations, and for a few of them...

Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining

A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the...

Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Three new minerals discovered by a Michigan Tech alumnus are secondary crusts found in old uranium mines. They're bright, yellow and hard to find. The...

Historical copper trapped in ice

South America's mining industry supplies half the world with copper. The world's largest mines are located in the Andes. Yet just when copper production...

Pure iron grains are rare in the universe

Pure iron grains in interstellar space are far rarer than previously thought, shedding new light on the evolution history of matters in the universe. Scientists...

World’s finest piece of opal Worth $900,000

The finest uncut opal in existence, the Fire of Australia, has joined the South Australian Museum’s collection through the vision of a private donor...

The world’s largest Amethyst geode

Name: The Empress of Uruguay Tall: 3.27 Meters Weigh: 2.5 Tonne Named The Empress of Uruguay, this is the largest Amethyst Geode in the world. Standing a...

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystals

It’s all about the rhythm: Crystals are repeating, three-dimensional arrangements of atoms, ions, or molecules. Almost any solid material can crystallize—even DNA. Chemists...

Five things you might not know about crystallography

1. 2014 – was the UNESCO Year of Crystallography. The father and son combination of father William Henry Bragg and son William Lawrence Bragg first...

Diamonds could one day replace GPS

Lab-grown red diamonds with an atomic defect could one day replace GPS systems thanks to their remarkable sensitivity to magnetic waves, scientists have suggested. A...

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