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Hematite

Fe2O3

Locality:

Iron King Mine, Santa Maria District, Buckskin Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA

Field of View: 3.9 mm

Hematite - the blue colour is as shot and is the result of an iridescent tarnish giving it a bright blue colour most noticeably on the edges. There are several spots in the image that show a deep red as the crystals are thin enough to transmit some light.

 Doug Merson photo and collection.

Hematite is one of the most common minerals. The colour of most red and brown rock, such as sandstone, is caused by small amounts of Hematite. It is also responsible for the red colour of many minerals. Non-crystalline forms of Hematite may be transformations of the mineral Limonite that lost water, possibly due to heat.

Spangolite

Cu6AlSO4(OH)12Cl·3H2O

Locality:

Madonna di Fucinaia slag heaps, Campiglia Marittima, Campigliese, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy

Largest Crystal Size: 1.78 mm

Collection & photo: Matteo Chinellato

Spangolite is a rarely occurring mineral from the mineral class of sulphates. Spangolite develops blue to emerald green, hemimorphic pyramidal or tabular to isometric crystals. Massive aggregates are also known.   

Metathénardite

Na2SO4

Location:

Glavnaya Tenoritovaya fumarole, Second scoria cone, Northern Breakthrough, Great Fissure eruption, Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka Oblast’, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Field of View: 3 mm

Light blue plates of Metathenardite. 

Collection and photo Stephan Wolfsried

Metathénardite is a dimorph of Thénardite. The name applied to a high-temperature, hexagonal polymorph of Na2SO4. Approved as a new mineral in 2016.

 Most of us know him as the crazy dude, who put a cat into a box but Erwin Schrödinger was so much more than that.

He was born in 1887 in Vienna and was homeschooled until the age of 11. He attended the “Akademisches Gymnasium” of Viennna and went on to study Physics.

In 1914 he was forced to fight in World War 1 but returned home in 1920 and started to work at sevral universities.

In 1925 he explained how the quantum state of a quantum system changes over time. This had a huge impact on the way we see quantum mechanics.

During Hitlers rise to power he was working at Berlin university with Albert Einstein but soon fled to England.

In 1933 he won the Nobel Price for Physics but most importantly he won our hearts.


Nobody in the known universe can wear round wire glasses and still look attractive! He looks cute and smokin’ hot at the same time, just look at his cheekbones and full hair! Don’t get me started on his hair! He could stick me into a box anytime!

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The “Born Sexy Yesterday” trope from science fiction about men escaping rejection and challenge from women.