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This diamond holds a never-before-seen mineral that can’t exist on Earth’s surface
The gem acted like a capsule, returning a sample from the planet's mantle.
This rare blue diamond is practically a miracle of nature
It’s also helping geologists better understand plate tectonics.
How minerals and rocks reflect rainbows, glow in the dark, and otherwise blow your mind
Nature's imperfections make a feast for the eyes.
Mud at the bottom of a Mexican lake holds secrets about the Maya empire’s demise
The ancient Maya faced severe drought, according to a mineral deposit.
Indigo, vermillion, and other ancient colors that have decorated the world for millennia
Humans have been searching for newer, better colors since, well, forever.
And now, a ship that can mine 39,000 tons of ore from a mile under water
There are giant robots involved.
Why so many diamonds are making science headlines this week
They’re windows into the heart of the Earth.
Is the Anthropocene really a thing? Minerals we’ve helped create rekindle the debate.
These 208 minerals were all caused by human activities
Welcome to the Rare Metal Age
The commodity crunch that could turn the tables on clean energy
‘Ancient Greek’ Ruins Actually Made By Ancient Microbes
The great artisans of nature