World’s newest mineral is UNLIKE any other mineral found on Earth! How? Why? are just some of the questions being asked. This mineral is completely UNRELATED to anything! That statement has caused quite a stir and is like saying “Hey, I found this little purple guy and although he looks human – he has NO Human DNA! Talk about getting the mineral world chattering! That is what has happened. Here is your first look:
The world’s newest mineral is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – Putnisite is completely unique and “unrelated to anything,” scientists say
Putnisite is named after German mineralogists Andrew and Christine Putnis for their contributions to mineralogy.
What’s got scientists so intrigued by the mineral is its composition.
It’s purple and pretty and composed of cube-like crystals just 0.5 mm in size.
But what really makes putnisite, the world’s newest mineral, truly unique is that nothing like it has ever been discovered before.
“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 Dr. Peter Elliott, lead author of a new study detailing the discovery in Mineralogical Magazine.
The transluscent purple crystals with a pink streak through the middle were discovered by a mining company in the Polar Bear peninsula of Western Australia.
It’s a rare combination of strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen that’s completely distinct from any of the other 4,000 known minerals in the world.
Knowing this is SO rare, this may very well become the NEXT NEXT BIG thing in specimen gemstones to own (too soft to facet)!
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