A mineral discovered by retired University of Utah medical technologist Joe Marty recently received the inaugural Mineral of the Year award for 2014 by the International Mineral Association.
Marty discovered the winning mineral, ophirite, roughly 25 years ago at the Ophir Hill Consolidated mine of Utah. The mine, located in the Ophir district in the Oquirrh Mountains of Utah, closed in 1972 and Marty had received special permission to search for minerals on the fateful day he discovered ophirite.
“The announcement of the selection of ophitite as Mineral of the Year came as a pleasant surprise. My co-authors and I thought that it … Read more