Rare alien mineral found

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  1. Michael 345 30th March coming up - Well behaved Friday Valued Senior Member

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  3. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Very interesting!
    If it is the blue colored mineral in the photo, I wonder what the spidery formation is that appears on the larger samples? Are they just cracks or is it growth of something that "likes" this mineral?
    It definitely looks like a growth pattern to me, but.......?
     
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  5. Michael 345 30th March coming up - Well behaved Friday Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry no idea. Looking for more information. No luck so far
    I'm going to call it UBO (Unidentified Buried Object)

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    Apparently it is called osbornite, which would be the yellow appearing mineral, and seems to have been found in several other places on earth, thus my question is moot.
    https://www.mindat.org/min-3035.html
     
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    And I'll rename it IMO.

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    Or how does IBM sound?

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  9. RADII Registered Senior Member

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    Fracture lines / faults it seems to me.
     
  10. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Possibly, but I discovered that the blue objects are not the rare element. It is the yellow object and it is not unique as it has been found elsewhere on earth, just never in Scotland. It is called Osbornite;

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    Chemical Formula:TiN

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    Composition:
    Molecular Weight = 61.89 gm
    Titanium 77.37 % Ti
    Nitrogen 22.63 % N
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    100.00 %
     
  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes Titanium nitride. A mineral not found on Earth due to the oxidative conditions that prevail here.
     

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