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RM2795   Betafite (of Hogarth 1977), variety of Pyrochlore

Ambatoasana, Soavinandriana, Itasy, Antananarivo, Madagascar

A huge size crystal of betafite showing defined octahedral faces (triangular) and developed dodecahedral ones. Very interesting for its crystallography and species. An oldie, classic and representative for the species.
Although the term betafite was discredited in 2010, many of us still are using this term to define this mineral when we see it. Our specimen is an uranium, calcium, titanium and niobium/tantalum oxide with radioactive activity. Currently the betafite is included as a variety within the pyrochlore supergroup. As a note, the rich uranium term has been only found in the Moon (oxyuranobetafite).


Size: 4.8 x 4.4 x 4.1 cm.
Found in ±1995.

Presents radioactive activity.
Price: 260 €Reserved
 

RM2107   Betafite (of Hogarth 1977), variety of Pyrochlore

Ambatofotsy pegmatite, Mahavelona, Soavinandriana, Antananarivo, Madagascar

A huge size crystal of betafite showing defined octahedral faces (triangular) and developed dodecahedral ones. Very interesting for its crystallography and species. An oldie, classic and representative for the species. This specimen belonged to the collection of Peraud-Pregilbert (France).
Although the term betafite was discredited in 2010, many of us still are using this term to define this mineral when we see it. Our specimen is an uranium, calcium, titanium and niobium/tantalum oxide with radioactive activity. Currently the betafite is included as a variety within the pyrochlore supergroup. As a note, the rich uranium term has been only found in the Moon (oxyuranobetafite).


Size: 2.8 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm.
Found in 1960's.

Presents radioactive activity.
 

RM1403   Euxenite-(Y)

Samiresy, Tritriva Commune, Betafo, Vakinankaratra, Antananarivo, Madagascar

An old specimen collected in the 50s by L. Gautron in the pegmatite dikes those are located about 20 km SW of the city of Antsirabé, in the main highland of Madagascar. It is a euxenite-(Y) crystal showing defined faces and rounded edges, with good size. A historical specimen.


Size: 3.4 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm.
Found in ±1950.

Excol. L. Gautron.
Presents radioactive activity.
 

RM1194   Microcline var. amazonite

Imalo, Andrembesoa, Betafo, Vakinankaratra, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Group of microcline crystals, amazonite variety, showing defined faces. They are embedded in a matrix of feldspar and smoky quartz. The color is good and very attractive.


Size: 8.6 x 4.0 x 4.0 cm
Main crystal: 17 x 16 mm.

 

RM1079   Elbaite-Liddicoatite with londonite and feldpar

Ambalabe pegmatite, Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo, Vakinankaratra, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Sized elbaite-liddicoatite crystal, well defined, very aerial disposed, intense bourdeos red color, visible on the transparencies. It shows a striated prism faces with defines rhombohedral top faces. It shows a small dent that does not affect the aesthetics. On a feldspar matrix with sharp londonite crystals.


Size: 5.3 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm.
Main crystal: 37 x 26 mm.

 

RM738   Euxenite-(Y)

Ambatofotsikely pegmatite, Betafo, Vakinankaratra, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Euxenite-(Y) is an uncommon oxyde of niobium with tantalum and titanium and Rare Earth Elements (REE), with some calcium and radioactive elements like uranium or thorium. These elements give it a radioactive activity. This specimen we offer you is a cluster of parallel growth crystals, well-formed, with a chisel termination.With the classic ocher patina. A good chance to get this rare species.


Size: 3,5 x 2,0 x 1,4 cm.

Desc./ Unkn. Col. Nr. 444.
Presents radioactive activity.


 

RM593   Betafite (of Hogarth 1977), variety of Pyrochlore

Ambatoasana, Soavinandriana, Itasy, Antananarivo, Madagascar

A huge size crystal of betafite showing defined octahedral faces (triangular) and developed dodecahedral ones. Very interesting for its crystallography and species. An oldie, classic and representative for the species. This specimen belonged to the collection of P. Sainfeld, mineralogist at the École des Mines de Paris.
Although the term betafite was discredited in 2010, many of us still are using this term to define this mineral when we see it. Our specimen is an uranium, calcium, titanium and niobium/tantalum oxide with radioactive activity. Currently the betafite is included as a variety within the pyrochlore supergroup. As a note, the rich uranium term has been only found in the Moon (oxyuranobetafite).


Size: 5,6 x 4,0 x 3,6 cm.
Found in 1960's.

Ex-col. Sainfeld (École Mines Paris).
Presents radioactive activity.


 

RM592   Betafite (of Hogarth 1977), variety of Pyrochlore

Ambatofotsy pegmatite, Mahavelona, Soavinandriana, Antananarivo, Madagascar

A huge size crystal of betafite showing defined octahedral faces (triangular) and developed dodecahedral ones. Very interesting for its crystallography and species. An oldie, classic and representative for the species. This specimen belonged to the collection of P. Sainfeld, mineralogist at the École des Mines de Paris.
Although the term betafite was discredited in 2010, many of us still are using this term to define this mineral when we see it. Our specimen is an uranium, calcium, titanium and niobium/tantalum oxide with radioactive activity. Currently the betafite is included as a variety within the pyrochlore supergroup. As a note, the rich uranium term has been only found in the Moon (oxyuranobetafite).


Size: 5,5 x 4,5 x 4,3 cm.
Main crystal: 4,3 x 4,0 cm.
Found in 1960's.

Ex-col. Sainfeld (École Mines Paris).
Presents radioactive activity.
 
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