Transhumanist

NEW MINERALS – WASSONITE AND LONSDALEITE – DISCOVERED IN ...

Many have wondered in recent years why there is all the fuss about Antarctica, and why there are such strange goings on on the southern polar continent, everything from very strange, and very long wave seismic waves (as I detailed in the last chapter of my book Roswell and the Reich), to curious activity around Lake Vostok, sudden outbreaks of strange illnesses, including rumors that the entire continent has been shut down and is now under some sort of "security clamp."

Well, if you've been following those stories, here's an interesting perspective:

Four-billion-year-old surprise from space

What is interesting here is that the article mentions Lonsdaleite, a substance reportedly twice as hard a diamonds, in addition to this new mineral - Wassonite - a complex crystal lattice of sulfur and titanium. We have, perhaps, a clue here on why Antarctica is such a prize to the various nations of the world: its meteorites, and the new possibilities of materials engineering and materials science that they offer. Notice also the use of nanotechnologies to analyze these minerals, a statement that implies its use in their creation.

It is interesting to ponder something else: these are the finds we're being told about.  One wonders what else has been found that we haven't been told about, and that raises an interesting, odd - nay, off-the-wall - sort of connection. There have always been persisting rumors that the Nazis invented some sort of super-hard material - "Impervium" was its reported name - but never much more than a tenuous case, as I also reported in Roswell and the Reich. But what if the mineral was in fact found in a meteorite during their 1938-39 expedition to Neuschwabenland? While there is no evidence to suggest such a find during the expedition, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility, and an early discovery of "Lonsdaleite" would rationalize in some respects the alleged process of the formation of "Impervium" that I detailed there.

Wild speculation? To be sure! But intriguing nonetheless. And in any case, the fact remains that the Antarctic meteorites are yielding new possibilities for materials science, and that's well worth keeping the southern continent under lock and key.


3 thoughts on “ NEW MINERALS – WASSONITE AND LONSDALEITE – DISCOVERED IN ...”

  1. Sorry, I just don’t see what you see in the article on meteorites in Antarctica.

    First, the meteorites have been around since 1969. Yes, new techniques probably help deliver new discoveries.

    “Meteorites have been constantly providing geologists with research material. Extreme conditions are created when meteorites pass the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with the surface. This results in the appearance of new chemical elements on the surface of meteorites. Lonsdaleite is one example of such elements. Being almost two times harder than diamonds, it is one of the hardest minerals known to scientists.”

    This implies that the new materials were created upon entrance to the Earth’s atmosphere and collision with Earth. Wassonite may or may not have existed on the meteorite before coming to Earth. Unfortunately, the article is not clear on that.

    Antarctica contains meteorites of Martian, lunar and asteroid origins, according to the article.

    But I would find it odd that only these special meteorites could be found in Antarctica. Is there something special about the area that attracts or attracted them? Explain the exclusiveness of Antarctica in the above respect. Are they somehow preserved better than meteorites found elsewhere? Is there any reason that meteorites from other areas, subjected to new technologies of investigation, could not yield similar results? They, according to the article, are working on specimens obtained in 1969.

    When I dig into this article I don’t come up with the same conclusions about Antarctica. It says that “meteorites have been constantly providing geologists with research material.” (Not just these from Antarctica recently) If I’m missing something I want to know what it is. I’m trying to backtrack this the way you brilliantly did with the LBJ/JFK connection.

    Thanks.

Comments are closed.