Monazite – Large 58 mm Crystal from the 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  blade-like shape that is terminated on all sides with some minor mica attached. It has a brown color and a resinous luster. It measures 2 1/4 x 15/16 x 1/2 inches or 58 x 24 x 12 mm

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Weight5 oz

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