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

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 EarthS

Bismuth

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

Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)

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

Andersonite

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

Plain old gold

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

Vanadinite crystals on white barite

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

Muonionalusta meteorite

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

Karpatite

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

Uvarovite

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

Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

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

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