Edscottita: Scientists analyze meteorite and find unknown mineral

Pieces of meteorite found in the city of Wedderburn, Australia, brought a breakthrough to the scientific class in 1951. Since then, the small piece of black and red rock of only 210 grams had been researched by several teams. And now, mineralogist Caltech Chi Ma, in a new analysis, has discovered a natural form of iron carbide mineral, named as edscottite .

Dr. Stuart Mills with the Wedderburn Meteorite / Reproduction: Suff

Earlier analyzes had shown traces of gold, iron, kamacite, schreibersite, taenite, and troilite. Edscottite, a new item on the list, has been considered a major achievement by the possibility of finding it in a natural formulation, unlike the synthetic version that has been known for decades.

The Victoria Museum's geoscience curator - where the meteorite had been held in collections since its discovery - Stuart Mills (pictured) also commented on an interview with The Age about learning more than 500, 000 new minerals discovered in the laboratory over the course of the year. story. The novelty and data presented by Mills further underscore the plethora of possibilities that scientists still have ahead of them and the vast field of study and learning surrounding our planet.