10 Beautiful Minerals You Won't Believe Are Found On Earth

We've all seen our fair share of rocks, and most of them aren't that pretty. The ones that are though can be totally mind-blowing. Ryoji Tanaka, a Japanese photographer and chemist, likes to capture some of the most striking elements, minerals and compounds in close-up (like the Uranium-containing cuprosklodowskite you see above) and the results are crazy awesome.

Top picture: Uranium-containing cuprosklodowskite.


Adamantane (by sublimation)


Bismuth


Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)


Andersonite


Plain old gold


Vanadinite crystals on white barite


Muonionalusta meteorite


Karpatite


Uvarovite


Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid

Pictures: Ryoji Tanaka

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