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Lanthanite

Carbonate mineral

Lanthanites are a group of isostructural rare earth element. This group comprises the minerals lanthanite-(La), and lanthanite-(Nd). This mineral group has the general chemical formula of (REE)2(CO3)3·8(H2O). Lanthanites include La, Ce, and Nd as major elements and often contain subordinate amounts of other REEs including praseodymium (Sm), europium The lanthanite crystal structure consists of layers of 10-fold coordinated REE-oxygen and carbonate (CO32−) groups connected by hydrogen bonds to interlayer water molecules, forming a highly hydrated structure.

Identification

Color of mineral

Pink
Purple

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

2.5

Luster ( interacts light )

Pearly
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Orthorhombic