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Mineral unknown to science found

Space is an amazing place that can surpriseany even the most sophisticated scientist. For example, a meteorite from the small Australian town of Wedderburn has been the most unexplored mineral on the planet for almost 60 years, the approximate composition of which scientists have been trying to find out since 1951. According to, a small 210-gram piece of a strange-looking stone that once fell from the sky remains a mystery to modern science. Or perhaps he has already ceased to be it?

A meteorite that fell on a small Australian city has long remained the most unexplored mineral on the planet.

What does the most unexplored mineral look like in the world?

Wedderburn meteorite is a mysterious mineral,which may be perhaps the only witness to an ancient catastrophe that affected several planets of the solar system at once. In a study published in August of this year, scientists examined a meteorite found in Wedderburn, confirming for the first time the possibility of the natural occurrence of what they call “edscottite,” a rare mixture of an iron-carbide mineral that has never been seen on Earth before.

Since the possibility of cosmic originthe Wedderburn meteorite was first examined only a few years ago, distinctive black and red rocks were analyzed by a large number of research groups relatively recently, and more than a third of the remains of the original sample are still unexplored, being in the geological collections of museums in Australia.

All other material was selected as a seriespieces extracted to analyze what the meteorite is made of. The analysis of the unique substance revealed the presence of traces of iron and gold, as well as more rare minerals, such as schreibersite and troilite.

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The discovery of the mineral edscottite, whichwas named after the famous cosmochemist Edward Scott of the University of Hawaii, is a very important event in the modern scientific world, if only because the discovery of such a unique atomic formulation of the mineral has never occurred in a natural way. At the same time, the synthetic version of this mineral has long been known to mankind, being formed during the smelting of well-known iron.

A Wedderburn Meteorite May Be a Shard of a Long-Destroyed Planet

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According to planetary scientist Jeffrey Bonning ofAustralian National University, a piece of natural adscott could be in close proximity to the countryside of Australia with a powerful explosion of the hot core of the ancient planet. According to the researcher, the once unknown planet of the solar system could have undergone a cosmic collision of colossal force involving another planet or a large asteroid. The fragments of this shattered world fell to Earth, thus preserving the memory of events that took place millions and billions of years before the emergence of mankind.