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Found among the lunar regolith fraction below 74 microns in size. The fraction consists mainly of glass, olivine, plagioclase, pyroxene, and iron oxide minerals. Other associated reduced species include molybdenum, rhenium, ytterbium, and zinc. Discovered as a rounded particle ca. 2.5 microns in size; the EDS spectrum lacks other REEs.

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Bogatikov, O.A., Gorshkov, A.I., Mokhov, A.V., Kartashov, P.M., Ashikhmina, N.A., Magazina, L.O. (2002): New Finds of Native Metals in a Lunar Regolith from the Crises Sea. Transactions (Doklady) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Earth Science Section: 382: 83

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- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

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New Zealand
  • North Island
    • Taranaki Region
      • South Taranaki District
Overstreet, W.C. (1967) The Geological Occurrence of Monazite, Geological Survey Professional Paper 530, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Government, Washington.
The Moon
  • Mare Crisium
Bogatikov, 0. A., Gorshkov, A. I., Mokhov, A. V. Kartashov, P.M., Ashikhmina, N. A. and Magazina, L. 0. (2002): New Finds of Native Metals in a Lunar Regolith from the Crises Sea. Transactions (Doklady) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Earth Science Section 382 (2002), 83
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