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The 5 most colourful minerals on Earth [infographic]

Did you ever look at a painting and wondered where the artist got that specific shade? Well, the answer is probably in the mineral world.

If you want to colour your day, take five minutes to learn more about the five most colourful minerals on the planet. From the valuable diamond to the abundant quartz, this list presented by Mining Examiner will surely surprise you.

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7 Dangerous Minerals

Not all minerals are used to make jewelry or included in the latest technological devices. Some of these substances  and minerals are just dangerous, really dangerous. So much they can even kill you. However, this is unlikely to happen unless an external action like heating or grinding happens, provoking an extreme reaction.

Nevertheless, because your safety is the most important, here’s a list of seven highly dangerous minerals brought to you by 911metallurgist.

Also http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2016/02/14/9-deadliest-rocks-and-minerals-on-earth/#3864aaa234d2

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5 minerals with unusual names

Mining is not only about underground pits, heavy work and complex extraction processes. Sometimes, mining can be fun and this infographic proves it.

So, take a few minutes to discover five minerals with crazy names and you will see how mining can sometimes help you relax. These five funny “rocks” can be found in different parts of the world, but are all united by one thing: their rather strange and curious names.

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Five minerals with super strange names

Because mining can also be fun, here are five minerals and rocks with rather strange names. We wonder where the inspiration for these names came from…

1. Goosecreekite

No, this mineral wasn’t discovered by a goose, but at  the New Goose Creek Quarry, in Virginia, United States. Goosecrekite is part of the zeolite group, typically used in water purification.

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2. Moolooite

Keeping up with the animal-related names, Moolooite looks like a name a cow could say. But it’s not! This very rare mineral is hydrated copper oxalate and was discovered at Mooloo Downs station, in Western Australia, in 1986. Besides having an odd name, this mineral is also formed in a strange way: by the interaction of bird guano and weathering copper sulphides.

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3. Fukalite

Here, we must thank to the Japanese people, who discovered this very rare mineral and named it after the Fuka mine, in the Fuka region of southern Japan. Most of fukalite’s composition is calcium, oxygen and silicon.

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4. Cummingtonite

This mineral is a metamorphic ….Read more

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