DIRK WIERSMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DIRK WIERSMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Monazite crystals and sand. Monazite is a rare earth phosphate mineral. A rare earth mineral is one that contains one or more rare earth elements as major metal constituents. The rare earth elements most commonly found in monazite are cerium (Ce) and lanthanum (La). The crystals are from Antarabe, Madagascar, the sand is from Brindletown, North Carolina, USA.
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