Discovery Team
Nikita V. Chukanov
Natalia V. Zubkova
Gerhard Möhn
Igor V. Pekov
Dmitriy I. Belakovskiy
Konstantin V. Van
Sergey N. Britvin
Dmitry Y. Pushcharovsky

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Triazolite

Verified August 2017   

NaCu2(N3C2H2)2(NH3)2Cl3·4H2O

Triazolite. Guano deposits are the source of several recently discovered new minerals. A bird, the guanay cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii, is the most likely source of the guano that produced the newly discovered–and exquisitely beautiful–mineral triazolite. Crystals of triazolite overgrow surfaces of hard rock (gabbro) or occur in cavities in aggregates of salammoniac, a rare mineral composed of ammonium chloride. Triazolite is chemically and structurally related to chanabayaite, for which it is a precursor phase. Mineral collectors first found triazolite in the Tarapacá region of Chile. d. Type material is deposited in the collections of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, registration number 5037/1. Read more about triazolite: Intertwined Discovery

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Triazolite. Photo by Joy Desor, Mineralanalytik analytical services.

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Triazolite. Photo courtesy of Marko Burkhardt.

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