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[[Zefram Cochrane]] studied dilithium but kept his knowledge of it secret until he could find a way to make money off of it. Later people thought that Cochrane avoided discussing it to keep the information out of the hands of dictators of the era. ({{r|ST|Federation: The First 150 Years}})
 
[[Zefram Cochrane]] studied dilithium but kept his knowledge of it secret until he could find a way to make money off of it. Later people thought that Cochrane avoided discussing it to keep the information out of the hands of dictators of the era. ({{r|ST|Federation: The First 150 Years}})
   
After the initial discovery of dilithium, it was discovered that 2-3% of the [[quartz]] on Earth was actually dilithium. This was previously undiscovered because it is difficult to discover the mineral's distinguishing feature -- its extension into the fourth dimension -- through conventional testing. This discovery prompted a gold rush, as many museums dug through their collections and found samples of dilithium. ({{n|TOS|Prime Directive}})
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After the initial discovery of dilithium, it was discovered that 2-3% of the [[Quartz]] on Earth was actually dilithium. This was previously undiscovered because it's difficult to discover the mineral's distinguishing feature -- its extension into the fourth dimension -- through conventional testing. This discovery prompted a gold rush, as many museums dug through their collections and found samples of dilithium. ({{n|TOS|Prime Directive}})
   
 
:''Federation: The First 150 Years states that dilithium is not native to [[Earth]].''
 
:''Federation: The First 150 Years states that dilithium is not native to [[Earth]].''
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