Odd mineral first to be discovered in nature before being made in lab
L. Bindi et al/Scientific Reports 2016
Another “impossible” crystal has been found locked inside a Russian meteorite.
The specimen is a quasicrystal, a type of material that shatters the rules of crystallography by having an ordered — yet never-repeating — arrangement of atoms. The new find is only the third natural quasicrystal ever found and is the first discovered in nature before being synthesized in a lab, researchers report online December 8 in Scientific Reports.