New Mineral With Surprising Composition Discovered In Western Australia

April 24, 2014

Via IFLS

A new mineral with a surprising composition has been discovered in the Polar Bear peninsula of Western Australia by a University of Adelaide mineralogy researcher, which has been described in Mineralogical Magazine.


P. Elliott et al. Mineralogical Magazine

The pretty mineral, which has been named putnisite, is purple in appearance and is composed of cube-like crystals of 0.5mm in size. It's translucent with a glassy luster and has a pink streak running through it. What is intriguing about the mineral is its elementary composition; it contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulfur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, which is unusual. It's relatively soft and brittle with a Mohs hardness of between 1 ½ - 2. Currently it remains unknown whether the mineral will have any practical applications.

"Most minerals belong to a family or small group of related minerals, or if they aren't related to other minerals they often are to a synthetic compound- but putnisite is completely unique and unrelated to anything," said lead author of the study Dr Elliott in a press-release. "Nature seems to be far cleverer at dreaming up new chemicals than any researcher in a laboratory," he added.

Via IFLS

Click Here For The Most Popular On Sunny Skyz

feel good videoThis Guy In Cowboy Boots Dancing To 'Rasputin' Is Going To Make Your Day

feel good storiesMan Builds Amazing Bird Village During Pandemic

feel good storiesFor 40 Years, A Man Convinced People That A Giant Penguin Lived In Florida

feel good storiesFoster Kitten Goes Bonkers On Her First Starbucks Run

feel good videoThis Couple Trying To Sled Is The Hearty Laugh You Need Today

feel good videoDelivery Guy Meets Family's Angry Guard Rooster In Hilarious Video

feel good videoDog Takes Herself Sledding Down A Huge Hill

feel good videoAdorable Puppy Crashes Reporter's Weather Report On Live TV

feel good videoAustralian Shepherd Puppy Plays In Baby Seat

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!