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The Kimito Church (Kemiö Kirkko). This is one of the oldest stone churches in Finland, dating from the 14th century. This church is of scientific interest; it was referenced by Nils Gustaf Nodenskiöld (1792-1866), the mineralogist who first described tantalite in his publication of 1821, to locate the Skogsböle mine. He said the mine was "3/4 mile from the Kimito Church" ("drei Viertel Milen von Kimitto's Kirche"). This caused great confusion with the authors until it was realized this was referring to the Old Swedish mile (1 Old Swedish mile = 10.7 km). Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld was the father of Adolf Erik Nodenskiöld (1832-1901), the biographer of Scheele. Tantalum was discovered in tantalite by Ekeberg. Courtesy, Creative Commons, Taneli Mielikäinen.