Russian scientists have discovered a new mineral while studying an iron meteorite found in Eastern Siberia in 2016.
The mineral, called Uakitite, was discovered by researchers from the Geological Institute at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, as we all researchers from Ural Federal University and Novosibirsk State University. Because the crystals were so small, scientists used electron diffraction rather than X-ray analysis to study the new mineral.
`Researchers said the mineral is related to carlsbergite (CrN) and osbornite (TiN). Due to the small size of the crystals, its physical properties were difficult to assess.