Discovery Team
Travis A. Olds
Jakub Plásil
Anthony R. Kampf
Fabrice Dal Bo
Peter C. Burns

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Paddlewheelite

Verified January 2018   

MgCa5Cu2(UO2)4(CO3)12(H2O)33

Paddlewheelite is one of the rarest carbonate minerals found in the Svornost mine in the Czech Republic, and among the rarest of all known carbonate minerals. Paddlewheelite has a unique structure suggesting the paddle wheel of an old-fashioned steamboat. Uranyl carbonate clusters form the wheel, which is held together by axles made of copper and with a gearbox made of calcium atoms

Read more about paddlewheelite: One of Two New Carbon Minerals is First of Its Kind

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Image depicting paddlewheelite's distinctive cage structure. Courtesy of Travis Olds.

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Paddlewheelite. Photo by Travis Olds.

cc 2018. Carbon Mineral Challenge.