A study on 10,000 kinds of Earth's minerals could help us discover extraterrestrial life

"Each specimen is an information-rich time capsule, waiting to be opened."
Deena Theresa
Nature has used 21 different ways over the last 4.5 billion years to create pyrite (aka Fool’s Gold) -- the mineral world’s champion of diverse origins. ARKENSTONE/Rob Lavinsky

Every mineral has a story. 

These stories could help researchers delve into the depths of life's history, guide the search for newer minerals, and help find habitable planets and extraterrestrial life existing on other planets. Recently, in a landmark 15-year study led by the Carnegie Institution for Science, scientists have cataloged every possible way in which all known minerals can form. 

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