Earth’s Most Abundant, But Hidden Mineral Finally Seen, Named

Earth’s most abundant mineral lies deep in the planet’s interior, sealed off from human eyes. Now, scientists for the first time have gotten a glimpse of the material in nature, enclosed inside a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite. The result: They have characterized and named the elusive mineral.

The new official name, bridgmanite, was approved for the mineral formerly known by its chemical components and crystal structure — silicate-perovskite. The magnesium-silicate mineral was named after Percy Bridgman, a 1946 Nobel Prize-winning physicist, according to the American Geophysical Union blog.

“It is a very exciting discovery,” Chi Ma of Caltech and Oliver Tschauner, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, told Live Science….

Earth’s Most Abundant, But Hidden Mineral Finally Seen, Named

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