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Miners Discover a New Mineral

Putnisite is as aesthetically pleasing as it is geologically novel.

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When a Western Australian mining company stumbled across some strange-looking purple-pinkish rocks in 2006, it handed them over to geologist Peter Elliott of the South Australian Museum. Eight years of analysis later, Elliott announced in April that it was a previously unknown mineral, which he dubbed putnisite, after mineralogists Christine and Andrew Putnis. Putnisite has both style and substance: The shimmering mineral has an otherworldly look, and while most new minerals are chemically or ...
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