This is an interesting read about how the affect of humans using things on this planet to make new things is causing new minerals to come into existence.
chalconatronite, a rare copper mineral that crystallises as a bright blue crust on ancient Egyptian bronze artefacts, and andersonite, a uranium-laced mineral with a fluorescent green or yellow glow that forms on the walls of mine tunnels.
This is a fascinating quick read
“Simply put, we live in an era of unparalleled inorganic compound diversification. Indeed, if the Great Oxidation eons ago was a ‘punctuation event’ in Earth’s history, the rapid and extensive geological impact of the Anthropocene is an exclamation mark.”
The featured image is Simonkolleite. This mineral is a rare secondary mineral formed by weathering of zinc-bearing slag. Slag is the glass-like by-product left over after a desired metal has been separated (i.e., smelted) from its raw ore.
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