These new, manmade minerals could be evidence for the argument that we are living in the Anthropocene.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

Minerals are literally everywhere, and scientists have found that we're accidentally creating new ones.  But wait, do you even know what a mineral is? They are defined as solid substances with a definite chemical formula, a crystalline structure, and are naturally occurring

Remember that natural part for later. You might have seen some of these beauties before: amethyst, quartz, tourmaline, azurite are all minerals... and they're so mesmerizing. And you can also find minerals in your grocery store, they can be nutrients too! like sodium, magnesium, and calcium.

Minerals aren't just pretty to look at; they're essential for us humans to function properly. But how do minerals form? Well, they develop when atoms of one or more element join together and a crystalline structure forms. And, most importantly, minerals are forged in nature, born in the crucible of the Earth's interior!

So, when magma cools or liquids evaporate, a mineral is born. There are around 4,000 different types of natural minerals!  But, according to a study published in American Mineralogist, 208 of them, aren't exactly born of natural causes. They're here on earth, thanks to us humans.

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