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Earth has more than 1,500 yet-undiscovered minerals

from Discovery

If you thought your rock and mineral collection was reasonably complete, guess again. A team of researchers, led by the Carnegie Institute for Science's Robert M. Hazen, used a sophisticated statistical modeling system to calculate that the Earth has a lot of undiscovered minerals — 1,563, to be precise — to add to the nearly 5,000 that already are known. Moreover, the scientists predict that Earth's mineral diversity is unique, and is not duplicated anywhere else in the universe — even on Earth-like rocky exoplanets. more


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