A team of talented mineralogical researchers from St. Petersburg University today presented the final results of their latest research on the so-called petrovite, a new mineral found in the depths of some rocks located in areas near the Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka. This volcano was once quite active, and during the period from 1975 to 2013 it erupted as many as three times, so this zone is considered one of the richest and most promising in the context of modern mineralogy. As for the new found mineral, it is something really unusual in this area.
The fact is that petrovite is a blue spherical compound of lamellar crystals with the inclusion of gas balls inside the mineral itself, and such a physicochemical combination attracts the attention of scientists from all over the world, due to its rarity and unusualness. As pointed out by Oleg Siidra, professor of mineralogy at St. Petersburg University, the presence of seven oxygen atoms is observed inside petrovite, and such a compound was found only in a very limited amount of minerals in the entire history of mineralogy.
Thus, after careful laboratory studies and analysis of the physicochemical component of the crystals found, Russian scientists discovered that they consist of oxygen atoms, sodium sulfur and copper, which forms a pronounced porosity, while inside the mineral itself there are channels through which atoms sulfur can move freely. It is worth noting the important fact that the study of these minerals is still ongoing.
Taking into account the fact that the discovery of new minerals has not been such a common practice over the past few years, it becomes clear that the discovery and registration of petrovite in the international mineralogical classification is a really large and indicative step for its development in general. It remains only to await the release of subsequent reports and reports from specialists regarding what other secrets this unusual mineral and its derivatives may hide in itself.
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