Elalite and elk instantonite, that’s how the two new minerals were baptized that Canadian scientists found in the El Ali meteorite. It was found two years ago in Somalia.
The meteorite weighs no less than 15 tons. This makes it the eighth largest meteorite ever found on Earth. He is named El Ali after the Somali site. The meteorite turned out to contain at least two, possibly three, completely new minerals.
“Usually it takes a long time to find out if they are new minerals, but these were already noticed on the very first day of the analyses,” said researcher Chris Herd of the University of Alberta. He calls the discovery “Phenomenal.”
The reason that the minerals could be discovered and named so quickly is that they have already been created synthetically by chance.