Sea Squirt Holds Answer to 100-Year-Old Crystal Puzzle

April 25, 2013 6:32 PM

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Sea Squirt Holds Answer to 100-Year-Old Crystal Puzzle

The crystal structure of a mineral found in a solitary sea squirt, a filter-feeding blob that lives throughout the Mediterranean and Red Seas, has been solved.

The mineral, called vaterite, has a crystal structure that has eluded scientists for nearly a century. Now, researchers have discovered that the mineral has two different crystal structures that coexist within a single "pseudo-crystal."

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