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Zhonghuacerite-(Ce) with Fluorite

#51530

Zhonghuacerite-(Ce) with Fluorite

#51530
Availability
Sold
Size
3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm - Miniature 
Formula
Ba2Ce(CO3)3F (RRUFF)
Locality
Bayan Obo deposit, Inner Mongolia, China
Tagged
carbonate , REE mineral

Brownish yellow grains in carbonate matrix with granular purple Fluorite. Officially this mineral was descredited because the authors published the mineral prior to IMA approval. It is nonetheless a defined mineral. This is the type and only locality.

The Bayan Obo deposit is the world's largest REE deposit. It is also the world's largest fluorine deposit. 

Zhonghuacerite-(Ce)

Formula
Ba2Ce(CO3)3F 
Crystal System
Monoclinic 
Crystal Habit
Aggregates 
Luster
Vitreous - Resinous 
Color
yellow, light brown 
Streak
white 
Class
Monoclinic - Prismatic 
Hardness
4.5 

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

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