Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Australian mineralogist Peter Elliott of the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide has led an international team of scientists in describing a new mineral discovered by a mining company on the Polar Bear peninsula, Southern Lake Cowan, Western Australia. Named putnisite, the mineral combines the elements strontium, calcium, chromium, sulfur, carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. But whereas most new minerals fall into a family or are similar to synthetic compounds, putnisite is completely unique and unrelated to anything. Concludes Elliot, “Nature seems to be far cleverer at dreaming up new chemicals than any researcher in a laboratory."


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