These minerals represent nearly 4 percent of the 5,200 mineral species recognized by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), and most can be attributed — directly or indirectly — to mining in locations around the world, forming as a direct result of their rocky environment's uniquely human-made conditions.
[Photos: The World's Weirdest Geological Formations] Many of the minerals that were linked directly to mining formed within the mines themselves, in dumps for mining by-products or on mining-related artifacts, with some dating as far back as the Bronze Age, the study authors reported.
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