How it Works

12th November 2015

Dan Hummer in the Lab

Daniel Hummer (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA) preparing equipment at one of the beamlines at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SSRL (in Menlo Park, California, USA) to conduct an experiment crystallizing titanium oxide minerals. Credit: Dan Hummer

Amateur and professional mineral collectors should follow the procedures outlined by the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification. Once the commission has approved the new mineral, the team responsible for its discovery and verification should submit their entry via the contact form on Interested collectors may contact Carbon Mineral Challenge International Advisory Board members in their region with questions about mineral analysis and verification. There are useful links, a table of known carbon minerals, and a list of FAQs for potential participants throughout this Website.

The Carbon Mineral Challenge will continue until September 2019. The Deep Carbon Observatory, sponsor of the Challenge, will publicly recognize each discovery as it happens and celebrate the final suite of newly discovered carbon minerals at the culmination of its decadal program in late 2019.