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Bastnäsite

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Lustre:
Vitreous
Crystal System:
Hexagonal
Name used for F-dominant members of the Bastnäsite Group for which the dominant REE element is not known.
A greasy, wax-yellow to reddish-brown weakly radioactive mineral, most commonly found in etamorphic rocks and pegmatites, associated with allanite, cerite, tysonite, fluorite, and tornebohmite.

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Physical Properties of BastnäsiteHide

Vitreous

Crystallography of BastnäsiteHide

Crystal System:
Hexagonal

Synonyms of BastnäsiteHide

Other Language Names for BastnäsiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Fluorite4 photos of Bastnäsite associated with Fluorite on mindat.org.
Parisite3 photos of Bastnäsite associated with Parisite on mindat.org.
Synchysite-(Y)2 photos of Bastnäsite associated with Synchysite-(Y) on mindat.org.
Rhodochrosite2 photos of Bastnäsite associated with Rhodochrosite on mindat.org.
Chalcopyrite2 photos of Bastnäsite associated with Chalcopyrite on mindat.org.
Pyrite1 photo of Bastnäsite associated with Pyrite on mindat.org.
Ancylite-(Ce)1 photo of Bastnäsite associated with Ancylite-(Ce) on mindat.org.
Allanite-(Ce)1 photo of Bastnäsite associated with Allanite-(Ce) on mindat.org.
Quartz1 photo of Bastnäsite associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Polylithionite1 photo of Bastnäsite associated with Polylithionite on mindat.org.

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for BastnäsiteHide

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Hisinger (1838) Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, Stockholm, Handlingar, Öfv: 189 (as Basiskfluor-cerium).
Huot, J.J. (1841) Manuel de Minéralogie. 2 volumes, Paris: 1: 296.
Nordenskiöld (1868) Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, Stockholm, Handlingar, Öfv: 25: 39 (as Hamartite).
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 289-291.

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