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New mineral 'kuratite' found in meteorite

Posted on Sunday, 23 March, 2014 | Comment icon 9 comments

A fragment of the D'Orbigny meteorite. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Jon Taylor
An entirely new type of mineral has been identified within a meteorite discovered in Buenos Aires.
The 16.55kg space rock known as D'Orbigny was first picked up by a farmer plowing his fields in Argentina back in 1979. Originally believed to be an Indian artifact, it took more than two decades for scientists to recognize it as an object that had come from space.

The late Dr Gero Kurat and his team spent many years examining and documenting the meteorite which turned out to be a very rare achondrite with unusually prominent vesicles. The most remarkable thing of all however was the discovery of a strange iron-aluminum-titanium-silicate within it that the researchers were unable to identify.

This mysterious mineral has since been officially recognized as a completely new find, earning it the name "kuratite" after Dr Kurat who sadly died back in 2009.

Scientists will now be attempting to learn as much as possible about this new mineral including how it forms and any potential applications it might have.

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Tags: Meteorite, Kuratite

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 23 March, 2014, 19:45
Most interesting, to be sure.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Glacknor on 23 March, 2014, 20:28
Kinda looks like an alien skull even. Edited for stupid typo.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker on 23 March, 2014, 20:47
Perhaps this actually a bit of starship debris and this is the miraculous material that will allow ships to witthstand hyperspace? Probably not......
Comment icon #4 Posted by lightly on 23 March, 2014, 22:47
Is it really a new mineral.. or a newly discovered amalgam of known components ?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 23 March, 2014, 23:11
Is it really a new mineral.. or a newly discovered amalgam of known components ? I think you missunderstand what a mineral is. A mineral is just a naturally occurring substance that is stable at room temperature and represented by a chemical formula.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 24 March, 2014, 15:52
Interesting to say the least. Now I guess we'll try to manufacture this somehow to see if it has ant usable properties
Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever on 24 March, 2014, 18:23
Makes you wonder how this crystal formed. This discovery opens up a whole new set of questions. Good find.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 26 March, 2014, 6:54
the pic looks like bbq porkchop
Comment icon #9 Posted by taniwha on 26 March, 2014, 8:17
...In a new study, reported at the 45th Lunar and Planetary Conference in Houston, Texas, scientists led by Dr Shyh-Lung Hwang of the National Dong Hwa University in Hualien, Taiwan, were able to identify the unknown mineral as kuratite. They must of matched it off their " List of Unknown Minerals " chart?

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