Monazite – Large 22 mm Crystal – Ambatofotsikely Pegmatite


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This monazite crystal is from the Ambatotoftsikely pegmatite in Betsohana, Mandoto, Vakinankaratra, Madagascar. Fifteen different minerals can be found in this pegmatite including several rare earth like monazite (Ce). Monazite (Ce) is a rare phosphate that contains the elements Ce, P and O as well as traces of other rare earth elements. This locale is famous for the rather large crystals that have been found there. This crystal is large for the species. It has a tabular morphology that is terminated on all sides (a floater). It has a brown color and a resinous to vitreous luster. It measures 22 x 19 x 7 mm

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Weight4 oz