Quantanium is a deep red-orange mineral that occurs in igneous rock formations. A key ingredient in quantum fuel, quantanium becomes unstable when it is extracted, and is prone to breakage and degradation. Over time, it becomes more and more likely to combust, which sometimes results in explosions. Mining companies that extract quantanium must operate under strict safety regulations. Some independent miners have become injured or have died due to quantanium-related accidents.