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

By Eric Limer on at

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.


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

Adamantane (by sublimation)


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

Bismuth


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

Titanium crystals (by electrolysis)


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

Andersonite


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

Plain old gold


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

Vanadinite crystals on white barite


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

Muonionalusta meteorite


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

Karpatite


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

Uvarovite


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

Bonus Non-mineral: Thenoic acid


Top Image: Uranium-containing cuprosklodowskite. All photos by Ryoji Tanaka with permission