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Rare Moon Mineral Found On Earth 64

sciencehabit writes "A mineral previously known only from moon rocks and lunar meteorites has now been found on Earth. Researchers discovered the substance — dubbed tranquillityite after the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon in July 1969— at six sites in Western Australia (abstract). The mineral occurs only in minuscule amounts and has no economic value, but scientists say it could be used for age-dating the rocks in which it occurs."
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Rare Moon Mineral Found On Earth

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @07:28PM (#38579330)

    Sounds just like the occasional pearl of wisdom that my brother might offer.

    I think the point was that it can't be used for anything.. it's not an energy source or something that can be systhesized into super heat resistant jock straps or taken for depression.. hence no economic value. Still valuable, but valuable like a collectible, not valuable like unobtanium.

  • Re:No Value? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GumphMaster ( 772693 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2012 @07:54PM (#38579682)

    No, it is an Earth mineral that takes the same form as a mineral found in greater abundance on the Moon. The paper does not suggest that the mineral came from the Moon.

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