The oldest scrap of Earth crust is a glimmering crystal (from an Aussie sheep station)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 17 April 2014

This incredible crystal has been confirmed as the oldest fragment of Earth’s crust. Aged at 4.4 billion years, this zircon was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Scientists studied its uranium and lead atoms, and a decaying process over time allows scientists to arrive at the 4.4 billion number. But […]

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This incredible skull was carved from a geode

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Saturday 25 January 2014

This skull looks like it came straight out of an Indiana Jones film. Carved from amethyst and agate crystals, which historically represent good luck and stability, this incredible gem is 7.6 inches long from front to back. But really, who wouldn’t want this guy displayed on their mantle?

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Crystal: Lego from Mars

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By lidi in New Art on Monday 14 January 2013

Each crystal is made out of a salt solution that grows around a LED. Wirelessly charged via a special power mat, the crystals come alive at night when visitors start adding, moving or sharing them. Crystal is the Lego from Mars, says Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. He’s referring to its ‘spacey’ design and share-ability. ‘Crystal allows people to express their stories in a very public way. You can either share or steal them’, says the Dutch artist. ‘I see both actions as a compliment’.

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These crystals are twice as big as you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 25 October 2012

Cameras don’t lie. We’re pretty certain Arjuna Zbycho’s camera wasn’t smoking anything when this shot was captured in the Naica Crystal Caves in Chihuahua, Mexico. Composed of selenite, these gems are the world’s largest natural crystals on Earth. They can span up to 50 feet long. Don’t know about you, but if we were the […]

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