Betafite Crystal with Octahedral Crystal Structures
Size: 13x 10x 10mm
Locality: Silver Crater Mine, Haliburton Township, Ontario Canada
Betafite is a mineral common to the Silver Crater Mine in Canada. It is a member of the pyrochlore group, and its chemical formula is typically represented as (Ca, NaU)2(Ti, Nb,Ta)2O6Z(OH). Betafite crystals are typically brown to black in color and can form octahedral or dodecahedral shapes.
Approximately 12 to 17 % Uranium by weight: The presence of uranium in betafite can have important implications for the mineral’s economic value and potential uses. Betafite has been studied as a potential source of uranium for nuclear fuel production, as well as for other applications such as catalysts and pigments.
Betafite is often found in association with other minerals such as zircon, monazite, and thorite, and it is a common accessory mineral in igneous rocks such as granites and syenites. It is also a common mineral in some hydrothermal veins.
Betafite is of interest to geologists and mineral collectors due to its complex chemical composition and crystal structure, as well as its potential as a source of rare earth elements and uranium. The Silver Crater Mine is one location where betafite has been found in significant quantities, and ongoing exploration efforts in the area continue to uncover new mineral deposits.
This listing meets the requirements of NRC 10 CFR 40.22
It also meets U.S.P.S domestic shipping requirements for exempt limited quantities of class 7 materials according to –347.22 “are eligible under 49 CFR to be shipped as excepted packages for limited quantities” and –Exhibit 347.22 Activity Limits– and also –173.435– Table of A1 and A2 values
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