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Noun1.fergusonite - a dark mineral consisting of oxides of yttrium and erbium and tantalum and other minerals
atomic number 68, Er, erbium - a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium
atomic number 73, Ta, tantalum - a hard grey lustrous metallic element that is highly resistant to corrosion; occurs in niobite and fergusonite and tantalite
atomic number 39, Y, yttrium - a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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Precisely; the first mineral deposit in Mexico, in which the lanthanids were considered as of possible commercial interest, was the pegmatites of "Santa Ana" and "La Crisis", in the region of Telixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, where the minerals alanite and fergusonite were identified (Gonzalez, 1956).
Errandonea, "Stability of the fergusonite phase in GdNb[O.sub.4] by high pressure XRD and Raman experiments," Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol.
The results to date have indicated that the light rare earths (LREE) in the Nechalacho deposit are contained in four minerals: allanite, monazite, bastnaesite and synchisite, and the heavy rare earths (HREE) are present in two minerals: fergusonite and zircon, the latter also being host to zirconium (Zr).
Mineralogical work completed by the company indicated that a wide variety of rare-earth element-bearing minerals have been identified, including apatite, iimoriite, kainosite, gadolinite, allanite, bastnaesite, parisite, brannerite, thalenite, xenotime, fergusonite, synchysite (Y), and monazite.