Friday, April 27, 2012
X is for Xenotine
Xenotime is a rare earth phosphate whose major component is yttrium phosphate. It often contains dysprosium, erbium, and terbium. It may also contain uranium and thorium making it radioactive. It is the chief ore of yttrium.
One fun aspect is that sometimes is exhibits color change, meaning that under different lights it is different colors.
Its name is Greek meaning “vain” and “honor” in reference to the yttrium.