- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

KENT, Ohio (AP) - A new mineral discovered after a shale fire in northwest Ohio has been named after a longtime Kent State University geology professor.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1wY6pdm ) the new mineral, called “Carlsonite,” is named after Ernest Carlson, a Kent State professor of geology for more than 40 years. Carlson died in 2010 at age 76.

The new mineral was discovered after a shale fire likely sparked by spontaneous combustion burned from September 2009 to March 2011 near Monroeville in Huron County. The condensation of gases in the fire produced the new crystals, which vary in color from yellow to orange-brown and are best seen with a high-powered microscope.

Another new mineral also has been discovered at the fire site. It hasn’t been named yet.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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