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

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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.

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Adamantane (by sublimation)

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Bismuth

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Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)

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Andersonite

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Plain old gold

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Vanadinite crystals on white barite

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Muonionalusta meteorite

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Karpatite

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Uvarovite

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Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

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

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DISCUSSION

Amazing. The one that really knocks me out is iron pyrite. It forms naturally in nearly perfect cubes.