Previously Unknown Mineral Putnisite Discovered in Australia

Popular Science reported last week that an entirely unique mineral has been discovered off the coast of Western Australia. The purple mineral containing calcium, strontium, chromium, carbon, sulphur, hydrogen and oxygen is named for mineralogists Andrew and Christine Putnis.

As quoted in the market news:

It appears as tiny semi-cubic crystals and is often found within quartz. Putnisite is relatively soft, with a Mohs hardness of 1.5 to 2 (out of 10), comparable to gypsum, and brittle. It’s unclear yet if the mineral could have any commercial applications.

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