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Microscopic curiosities: the business of unearthing new minerals

Discoveries of new mineral samples are rare but in October 2016, after some painstaking work, a US-based physics professor announced the discovery of a new mineral called merelaniite, from the Merelani mining district in Tanzania. So what happens to a mineral post-discovery? Experts provide an insight into the niche world of mineral research, discovery and collecting.


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