monazite

noun
mon·​a·​zite | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌzīt How to pronounce monazite (audio) \

Definition of monazite

: a yellow to red or brown mineral that is a phosphate of thorium and various rare earth elements and occurs especially in sand and gravel deposits

Examples of monazite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Energy Fuels could increase its supply to Neo, that depends on its ability to source additional monazite sands. Mary Hui, Quartz, 30 Mar. 2022 The monazite sands, mined in Georgia by the chemical giant Chemours, contain up to 0.3% uranium — roughly the same uranium content as uranium ore mined in southeastern Utah — and include 50% to 60% rare earth content. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 The facility processed its first shipment of radioactive monazite sands from the state of Georgia over the summer and produced a batch of rare earth carbonite, which is being exported to Estonia for further processing. Alastair Lee Bitsóí, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Earlier in the summer, the mill processed its first shipment of radioactive monazite sands from a Georgia mine and successfully produced rare earth carbonite along with its staple product: yellowcake uranium. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Chemours, the firm providing monazite sands to Energy Fuels, similarly has a significance presence in China. Mary Hui, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2021 On March 9, Energy Fuels announced that the White Mesa Mill had received its first shipment of radioactive, uranium-bearing monazite sands from a mine in the U.S. state of Georgia. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 American and Canadian companies are in the process of developing alternative methods of sourcing REEs, such as extracting them from radioactive monazite sands. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The company recently started producing rare earth metals at the facility and is currently planning to process radioactive monazite sands from Georgia. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monazite

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monazite

German Monazit, from Greek monazein

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7 Apr 2022

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“Monazite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monazite. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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