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)


Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)


Plain old gold

Vanadinite crystals on white barite

Muonionalusta meteorite



Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

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