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Signs of a mysterious new mineral discovered

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An international research team including Curtin University scientists has documented the 'ghost' of an undiscovered mineral at two ancient meteorite impact craters.

The new study, published in the journal Geology, is the first to document evidence of a new form of the mineral monazite, which only exists on Earth during the immense pressures exerted by meteorite impacts.

Study co-author Associate Professor Nick Timms, from Curtin's Space Science and Technology Centre, said the international research team made their discovery by looking at tiny rock fragments from impact craters in Germany and Canada using a high-powered electron microscope.

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ghostly-mysterious-mineral.html

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Doc Socks Junior

This is really neat. I have to read this and get a better sense of what they're seeing. Diagnostic impact features are always cool, and finding evidence of a transient one is quite bleeding-edge.

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