Geologists from Russia found in Yakutia unique mineral

© Yakovenchuk et al. / Mineralogy and Petrology 2017Батагаит, unique mineral from YakutiaGeologists from Russia found in Yakutia unique mineral© Yakovenchuk et al. / Mineralogy and Petrology 2017

. Geologists from St. Petersburg state University found in the vicinity of the village of batagai in Yakutia unique mineral, which analogues do not exist neither in nature nor in the laboratory, according to a paper published in the journal Mineralogy and Petrology.

«Today early to speak about the practical value of batagama of the properties of new minerals usually open after some time after the discovery. However, other minerals of copper have interesting magnetic properties. Unfortunately, a small amount of the substance does not allow us to conduct a full study, so perhaps we will try to synthesize batagai in the laboratory to better study it,» — says Sergey Krivovichev, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg state University Professor.

As the press service of the University, the scientists found near the mountain, Kester, where in the 1930s housed a tin mine, which worked the prisoners of the Gulag. After the liquidation of the camp system work completely ceased, and the surroundings of the mine began to be studied by scientists. The first samples of Bathgate, as remembered by geologists, were found in the late 1980s, but then scientists did not suspect that holding a unique find.

«Batakat very difficult to research a mineral, and the methods that were in the 1980-ies, to learn it was impossible. Only thanks to modern equipment of the Scientific Park, one of the study participants, Taras Panikorovsky, was able to decipher its complex structure,» continues Dr., Chairman.

It turned out that the substance has no analogues among minerals, or among inorganic substances, and also has an interesting crystal structure that consists of two different modules. According to its hardness it resembles marble, and contains phosphorus, silicon, zinc, copper, manganese and several other metals.

Batagai almost colorless — it has barely noticeable light blue tint, and a thin plate formed on the surface of native copper is quite fragile and easily break away.

As recognized scholars who work with such material was not easy, however based on the research they were able to develop a new method to assess the complexity of the structure of minerals, the description of which will be published in the journal Zeitschrift für Kristallographie in the near future.