Allanite in its host rock

Allanite in its host rock

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Caption: Allanite in its host rock. Allanite, also known as orthite, is a sorosilicate mineral. It is one of the most ubiquitous rare earth minerals known and an important ore for a number of rare earth elements, like cerium, lanthanum, yttrium and thorium. It is usually black with a high lustre. This specimen is from Arendal, Norway, and measures 45 mm wide.

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