Minerals identify

Know how to recognize them


Native element mineral

Chaoite, or white carbon, is a mineral described as an allotrope whose existence is disputed. It was discovered in shock-fused graphite gneiss from the Ries crater in Bavaria. It has been described as slightly harder than graphite, with a reflection colour of grey to white. pattern, the mineral has been considered to have a carbyne structure, the linear acetylenic carbon allotrope of carbon. A later report has called this identification, and the very existence of carbyne phases, into question, arguing that the new reflections in the diffraction pattern are due to clay impurities.


Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )


Crystal ( diaphaneity )