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monazite Chemical Properties,Usage,Production
Yellowish to reddish-brown color, vitre-ous to resinous luster, white streak.
Source of thorium, cerium, and other rare-earthmetals and compounds.
A natural phosphate of the rare-earthmetals, principally the cerium and lanthanide met-als, usually with some thorium. Yttrium, calcium,iron, and silica are frequently present. Monazitesand is the crude natural material and is usuallypurified from other minerals before entering com-merce.