Samarskite samples

Samarskite samples

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Caption: Samarskite samples. Samarskite is a radioactive rare earth mineral. A rare earth mineral is one that contains one or more rare earth elements as major metal constituents. Samarskite contains yttrium (Y), uranium (U), thorium (Th), niobium (Nb) and tantalum (Ta), in complex with iron (Fe) and calcium (Ca). These specimens are from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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