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Miners Discover New ‘Extraterrestrial’ Mineral in Israel Worth More Than Diamonds

A new mineral on Earth, previously known to only exist in space, has been officially recognized, and it’s a rare gem indeed.

Israeli mining company Shefa Yamim unearthed the new material in the Zevulun Valley in northern Israel. It was said to closely resemble sapphire or ruby in its composition.

The company CEO, Abraham Taub, called the new stone “carmeltazite,” after the mountain where it was found, Mount Carmel, and the three metals it contains: titanium, aluminum, and zirconium.


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