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Thorite - Sold

Thorite is a thorium silicate, with the same crystal structure as zircon. The mineral has tetragonal symmetry. Berzelius (1829) named the mineral after its thorium content, which in turn was named after the Scandinavian god Thor.

This specimen is a simple tetragonal prism with a pyramidal termination. The crystal is singly terminated, and approximately 70% complete. Rather sharp for a Burmese example!