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Goldschmidtite

  • 28 Sep 2019
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Recently a new mineral has been discovered inside a diamond unearthed from a mine in South Africa.

  • It has been found in Earth’s Mantle (A part of Interior of the Earth) which covers 80% of earth’s volume.
  • Goldschmidtite has high concentrations of niobium, potassium and the rare earth elements lanthanum and cerium.
  • The found single grain is dark green in colour and opaque.
  • The mineral has been named after the Norwegian scientist Victor Moritz Goldschmidt, who is considered as the founder of Modern Geochemistry.

Source: IE

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