10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

We've all seen our fair share of rocks, and most of them aren't that pretty. The ones that are though, can be totally mind-blowing. Ryoji Tanaka, a Japanese photographer and chemist, likes to capture some of the most striking elements, minerals, and compounds in close-up (like the Uranium-containing cuprosklodowskite you see above) and the results are crazy awesome.

Adamantane (by sublimation)

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Bismuth

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Andersonite

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Plain old gold

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Vanadinite crystals on white barite

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Muonionalusta meteorite

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Karpatite

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Uvarovite

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found on Earth

Top Image: Uranium-containing cuprosklodowskite. All photos by Ryoji Tanaka with permission