Israel: an ‘extraterrestrial’ mineral discovered in a mine

Israel: an ‘extraterrestrial’ mineral discovered in a mine

Carmeltazite is a mineral harder than diamond and observed, until today, only in the traces of a meteorite.

It was considered a mineral unobtainable on our planet and present only in meteorites and in general in debris from space. The
carmeltazite was discovered in a mine in the Zevulum valley in northern Israel, not far from Mount Carmel. It is a mineral very similar to allendeite, an element found in the remains of the Allende meteorite that crashed on our planet in February 1969. The new mineral took the name of Carmeltazite, for the area in which it was found and the substances of which it is composed: titanium, aluminum and zirconium.

According to experts, carmeltazite could offer different opportunities from a commercial point of view, due to the high hardness, greater than the diamond, and the similarity with other precious stones used in the production of jewelry. The formation of carmeltazite deposits dates back to the Cretaceous period, in a period in which the area was affected by considerable volcanic activity. The Carmel area is made up of fourteen volcanoes and numerous underground ducts in which in ancient times there were ideal conditions for formation, about 22 kilometers below the surface, of the precious material.

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