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Large Monazite-(Sm) Image

Mineral: Monazite-(Sm): SmPO4
Comments: Back-scattered electron image of the main aggregate of monazite-(Sm) and manganocolumbite (C) embedded in quartz (black). Variations in brightness of the monazite-(Sm) are controlled by the Th content, whereas the ratio Nb/Ta affects manganotantalite.
Location: Annie Claim #3 pod, Greer Lake intrusion, Archean Bird River Subprovince of the Superior Province, Southeastern Manitoba, Canada.
Scale: Grain size 0.8 mm.
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