Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Jadarite
According to geologist Chris Stanley of the British Museum, a newly recognized borosilicate mineral found in the Jarandol Basin of Serbia fits the general chemical composition given for "kryptonite" in the movie "Superman Returns." Already listed in the collector database MINDAT, the mineral will be formally named by Stanley in a forthcoming article in the European Journal of Mineralogy. Hopefully, the article will appear before the end of the current free trial period for the online version at GeoScience World. An abstract with the following title was also accepted for publication on 2 March 2007 by the editors of Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science:


LiNaSiB3O7(OH) - novel structure of the new borosilicate mineral jadarite determined from laboratory powder diffraction data


To me, it sounds like Chris Stanley and the British Museum were just fishing for a bit of press. I wonder why the "sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide" composition was suggested in Superman Returns. Somehow I always presumed that kryptonite would contain the element krypton!

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