A Strange New Mineral Has Been Discovered in Australia

It's purple, translucent and goes by "putnisite." Discovered in Western Australia, putnisite contains the unusual elemental combination of strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen and is notable for its dissimilarity from other, known families of minerals. » 4/26/14 10:00am 4/26/14 10:00am

Most gold deposits were produced by earthquakes

A new study by Australian geologists has shown that over 80% the world's commercial gold deposits were generated in a flash process, the result of depressurizing earthquakes that rapidly converted mineral-rich fluids into precious veins of gold. » 3/18/13 6:30am 3/18/13 6:30am

The world's newest mineral is also one of the solar system's oldest

The most recently discovered mineral is krotite, which was recently discovered in a meteorite fragment. Krotite has never been seen in nature before now, and yet its origins reach right back to the birth of the solar system. » 5/08/11 4:45pm 5/08/11 4:45pm