Carbon Mineral Challenge

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One of Two New Carbon Minerals is First of Its Kind

Three years and 15 new minerals later, the Carbon Mineral Challenge continues to produce surprises. Launched in 2015, the Carbon Mineral Challenge is a quest to find 145 carbon minerals predicted to exist but yet to be discovered. 

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The Carbon Mineral Challenge Finds 31 New Carbon Minerals 20 November 2019 Feature

The Carbon Mineral Challenge was set in motion by DCO at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, with the goal…

Carbon Mineral Challenge Adds 30 New Carbon Minerals 24 June 2019 Feature

The Carbon Mineral Challenge will officially end in September 2019, but this first-of-its-kind…

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Of Meteorites and Mines: Recent Highlights from the Carbon Mineral Challenge 26 March 2019 Feature

The Carbon Mineral Challenge has now documented 28 new carbon minerals since the program’s launch…

One of Two New Carbon Minerals is First of Its Kind
One of Two New Carbon Minerals is First of Its Kind 25 May 2018 Feature

Three years and 15 new minerals later, the Carbon Mineral Challenge continues to produce surprises…

Marchettiite joins the New Carbon Mineral Roster as #13 22 February 2018 Feature

The mineral is a “natural anhydrous ammonium hydrogen urate,” explained Fabrizio Nestola, professor…

Big Data Points Humanity to New Minerals, New Deposits 1 August 2017 Feature

//--> /*-->*/ Predicted before they were found: New-to-science carbon-…

First-Ever Catalog of 208 Human-Caused Minerals Bolsters Argument to Declare ‘Anthropocene Epoch’ 1 March 2017 Feature

Officially recognized minerals, formed by nature: more than 5,000Formed due to human activity: 208…

Carbon Mineral Challenge Update: Eight New Minerals Found Since Launch 1 December 2016 Feature

In December 2015, the Deep Carbon Observatory launched the Carbon Mineral Challenge to encourage…

The Carbon Mineral Challenge at the 2016 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 25 February 2016 Feature

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show main event, 11-14 February 2016 To maintain the momentum of the…

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Announcing the Carbon Mineral Challenge: A Worldwide Hunt for New Carbon Minerals 16 December 2015 Feature

New research predicts at least 145 of Earth’s carbon-bearing minerals remain undiscovered. How many…

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