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17 January 2011

Moon mineral found in Western Australia

A rare mineral thought to exist only on the Moon’s surface has been discovered in WA's Pilbara.

Researchers collecting rock samples in Western Australia's remote Pilbara region have stumbled across a mineral previously believed to exist only on the Moon.

The team from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University in Perth say they've found 'tranquillityite' in dolerite rocks at six different sites in the state's north. In the current issue of the scientific journal Geology, they explain the red-brown coloured mineral could be used as a handy new tool to date rocks more accurately.

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