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Monazite 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). Sample from Brindletown, North Carolina, USA.
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