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Out of sight burbankite

Burbankite is a rare sodium carbonate mineral that is easily dissolved away in its host igneous rocks. Its formation and dissolution can help concentrate rare earth elements that are vital for a low-carbon future, as Sam Broom-Fendley explains.

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Fig. 1: Radiating hexagonal pseudomorphs composed of the minerals monazite, strontianite, barite and dolomite, formed after the dissolution of burbankite.


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Broom-Fendley, S. Out of sight burbankite. Nat. Geosci. 17, 284 (2024).

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