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Rusting fool’s gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon

Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. One more reason to hold with those who favor fire: USC scientists have...

Canadian sapphires fit for a queen now unearthed

New research from UBC mineralogists could make it easier to find high-quality Canadian sapphires, the same sparkling blue gems that adorn Queen Elizabeth II's...

Scientists discover a new mineral “Nataliyamalikite”

In the harshest of environments in far-east Russia, Monash scientists have played a leading role in the discovery of a new mineral, which could...

Top Radioactive Minerals

What Are Radioactive Minerals? Radioactivity in minerals are caused by the inclusion of naturally-occurring radioactive elements in the mineral’s composition. The degree of radioactivity is...

Lake Superior Agate : What is Lake Superior agate? How it...

What is Lake Superior agate? The Lake Superior agate is a type of agate stained by iron and found on the shores of Lake Superior....

Types of Mineral Inclusions

An inclusion is any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation. In gemology, an inclusion is a characteristic enclosed within a...

What is Aura? How it Formed?

Metal-coated crystals "Aura" are natural crystals, such as quartz, whose surface has been coated with metal to give them an iridescent metallic sheen. Crystals...

Rose-like Calcite With Rose Color

A flower like spray of late calcite blades are nestled above a pale blue fluorite . The specimen comes from China Photo Copyright © James Elliott/Fine...

Very Fine American Contra Luz Opal

Locality: Opal Butte, Oregon Suitable for mounting as a stunning and unique pendant: the clear, transparent crystal body having a fine, firey play-of-color that is...

Classification Of Minerals

The Berzelian mineral classification system was named in honor of the Swedish chemist and mineralogist Jons Jakob Berzelius (1779-1848). The Berzelian system categorizes mineral...

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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