Discovery Team
Evgeny V. Galuskin
Biljana Krüger
Irina O. Galuskina
Hannes Krüger
Yevgeny Vapnik
Anuschka Pauluhn
Vincent Olieric

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Stracherite

Verified March 2017   

BaCa6(SiO4)2[(PO4)(CO3)]2F

Stracherite is the first carbonate-bearing member of the very rare nabimusaite mineral group. This mineral boasts a unique and surprising chemistry that scientists behind the Carbon Mineral Challenge did not predict. Initially discovered in spurrite-bearing marbles of the Hatrium Formation in the Negev Desert, Israel, the holotype sample of this mineral is deposited in the collections of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow, Russia.

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A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of stracherite. Stracherite is white, spurrite is grey, fluormayenite is dark grey. Image courtesy of Evgeny V. Galuskin and Irina O. Galuskina.

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A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of stracherite. Stracherite is represented by the blue color. Original image courtesy of Evgeny V. Galuskin and Irina O. Galuskina, modified by Josh Wood.

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