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Kamphaugite-(Y) & Bastnäsite-(La)

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Kamphaugite-(Y) & Bastnäsite-(La)

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Description
Locality: 
Paratoo Copper Mine, Yunta, Olary Province, South Australia, Australia
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
8.7 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm
Description

Translucent white spheres of the uncommon rare earth species kamphaugite Y on a cherty reddish matrix , associated with malachite anf tenorite. the surprise on this specimen is that many of the spheres of kamphaugite Y are cover with glass clear hexangonal barrels of bastnaesite La crystals. This is a great combination of two rare species

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Kamphaugite-(Y)

Formula: 
Ca(Y,REE)(CO3)2(OH)·H2O
Strunz: 
5.DC.10
Crystal System: 
Tetragonal
Hardness: 
2.0 - 3.0
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Hørtekollen, Sylling, Lier, Buskerud, Norway

Bastnäsite-(La)

Formula: 
(La,Ce)(CO3)F
Strunz: 
5.BD.20a
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
4.0 - 5.0
Type Locality: 
Belaya Zima REE-Nb deposit, Eastern Sayan, Sayan Mts, Tuva Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Earthstones Australia

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