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RARE08-2-56
Betafite
Miniature, 5.1 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm
Antanifotsy pegmatite, Betafo - Antsirab
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
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Betafite is a strange brew of uranium, titanium, and niobium, a member of the pyrochlore group of species. This is a huge, floater betafite crystal with pretty good aesthetics for a "rare earth ugly"; and also unusually complete and symmetric for a large crystal. Although not from the type locality mine for the species, this is from the same pegmatite deposit.