MINERALS

Massive volcanic events in Earth's history that released large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere frequently correlate with periods of severe environmental change and mass extinctions. A new method to estimate how much and how rapidly...
Global melting is prying the lid off methane stocks, the extent of which we do not know. A young researcher from the University of Copenhagen has discovered high concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas in meltwater...

Looking for lithium-bearing pegmatites

The commercial importance of lithium is ever-growing, and its production is globally dominated by lithium-cesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatites. These are spectacular rocks featuring impressive ultra-coarse...

Mining asteroids: A new method to extract metals from asteroids

Extraterrestrial mining and metal processing are key strategies for space exploration. In a new study in Scientific Reports, Rodolfo Marin Rivera, and a team...

Superdeep diamonds provide a window on supercontinent growth

Diamonds contain evidence of the mantle rocks that helped buoy and grow the ancient supercontinent Gondwana from below, according to new research from a...

Minerals in ancient meteorites offer insights into the origin of most of the Earth’s surface

Dr. Alice Stephant, an astrophysicist, is helping to solve a longstanding mystery about water on Earth: where it came from. Scientists long thought that water,...

Crucial third clue to finding new diamond deposits

Curtin University researchers studying diamond-rich rocks from Western Australia’s Argyle volcano have identified the missing third key ingredient needed to bring valuable pink diamonds...

Scientists find ‘missing ingredient’ for pink diamonds

Scientists said on Tuesday they have found the "missing ingredient" for pink diamonds, some of the world's most expensive stones due their rarity and...

The quest to make a crystal harder than diamonds

Labs across the world have been competing to build “superhard” materials – and they are finally succeeding. At the centre of our planet, the weight...

A mining company is hunting for lithium, right on the edge of wildlife refuge

The modern-day gold rush in the race to a greener economy is knocking on the door of a long-protected oasis in the middle of...

Using AI to find rare minerals

A machine learning model can predict the locations of minerals on Earth—and potentially other planets—by taking advantage of patterns in mineral associations. Science and...

Painite: The most unique gemstone in the world

Introduction Gemstones have captivated humans for millennia with their beauty, rarity, and unique qualities. While there are countless gemstones known to us today, one gemstone...

Subsurface microbes capture toxic uranium and remediate groundwater

A new research study describes a previously unknown chemical process for removal of uranium from groundwater. Deep down in the bedrock, in an oxygen-free...

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