The Venus Fly Trap of the Mineral Kingdom

Certain crystals have tiny levers inside them that when tripped, will capture and entomb atoms.

Mesolite from Poona, India. The Deccan Traps area of India produces some of the finest zeolites on the planet.
The tunnel system in zorite. Tunnels are occupied by the green/white atoms and yellow/white atoms.

Ion exchange, and how it works

How do these ion channels (tunnels) work?

The Venus Fly Trap

So how does it work in minerals?

Diagram of the ion selectivity filter and the double-lever mechanim in sitinakite.

Maybe there are more of these types of connections between inorganic and organic materials.

Keeping science accessible. Researching how minerals can be used to solve problems like climate change, pollution, and disease. @ NHMLA, USC, NASA-JPL