Geology

This is a 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 carats diamond
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This is a 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 carats diamond


Two reasons why it's unavailable (for now): first, BPM 37093 is a star about to die, and we're talking about its cristallized carbon nucleus. Second, it's 50 light years away from earth.

 



Calcite displays some amazing optical properties
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Calcite displays some amazing optical properties


Calcite crystals occasionally show phosphorescence or fluorescence, but they are also display birefringence (or double refraction). This strong birefringence causes objects viewed through a clear piece of calcite to appear doubled!

 



The evolution of average annual temperatures between 1860 and 2016
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The evolution of average annual temperatures between 1860 and 2016


 



This is a rare specimen of chrysanthemum rock
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This is a rare specimen of chrysanthemum rock


The flower-like pattern is made of celestite and calcium deposits, on black limestone

 



Amazingly blue crystals of haüyne
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Amazingly blue crystals of haüyne


They are less than 2.0 mm and were found in Eifel, Palatinate, Germany

 



280 million years old salt... expiring in 2 years
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280 million years old salt… expiring in 2 years


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This ring-shaped lake in Quebec is actually a crater!
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This ring-shaped lake in Quebec is actually a crater!


 



Pele's hair: thin strands of volcanic glass
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Pele’s hair: thin strands of volcanic glass


They are formed by the stretching of molten basaltic glass from lava, and named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes

 



Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11
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Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11


Its name is a combination of the first letters of the names Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. It was first brought back in 1969 from Tranquility Base on the Moon.

 



The 3rd oldest river on Earth is called New River
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The 3rd oldest river on Earth is called New River


Located in the Appalachians (North America), the New River is estimated to be 260 to 325 million years old

 



Mars's color is actually more like butterscotch
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Mars’s color is actually more like butterscotch


The red color we often see is mostly coming from dust in its atmosphere

 



Marvellous pictures of chemical compounds as crystals
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Marvellous pictures of chemical compounds as crystals


crystal, macrophotography, chemical compounds, mineral, Earth, beauty

 



Oil from natural origins leaks into the sea every year
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Oil from natural origins leaks into the sea every year


An estimated 560,000 to 1,400,000 barrels of oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico each year, from natural sources. Fortunately, most of this oil is degraded by oil-eating bacteria

 



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Titan’s mountains are named after Tolkien’s Middle-Earth


Angmar, Dolmed, Doom, Erebor, Misty or Moria Montes... Saturn's moon also harbours small hills (or colles) named after J.R.R. Tolkien's characters, such as Bilbo, Gandalf or Faramir

 



The Argyle Pink Jubilee is an enourmous pink diamond
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The Argyle Pink Jubilee is an enourmous pink diamond


It is the biggest pink diamond ever found in Australia and it was originally weighing 12.76 carats (2.552 g)