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)

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Bismuth

Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)

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Andersonite

Plain old gold

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Vanadinite crystals on white barite

Muonionalusta meteorite

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Karpatite

Uvarovite

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Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

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

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