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After the initial discovery of dilithium, it was discovered that 2-3% of the [[quartz]] on Earth was actually dilithium. This was previously undiscovered because it is difficult to discover the mineral's distinguishing feature -- its extension into the fourth dimension -- through conventional testing. This discovery prompted a gold rush, as many museums dug through their collections and found samples of dilithium. ({{n|TOS|Prime Directive}})
 
After the initial discovery of dilithium, it was discovered that 2-3% of the [[quartz]] on Earth was actually dilithium. This was previously undiscovered because it is difficult to discover the mineral's distinguishing feature -- its extension into the fourth dimension -- through conventional testing. This discovery prompted a gold rush, as many museums dug through their collections and found samples of dilithium. ({{n|TOS|Prime Directive}})
   
:''Federation: The First 150 Years states that dilithium is not native to [[Earth]].''
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:''Federation: The First 150 Years states that dilithium is not native [[Earth]].''
   
 
Having a large supply of dilithium almost instantly promoted a planet into prominence in interplanetary politics, as other species seek trade. Some planets known for their dilithium deposits include [[Coridan III]], [[Troyius]], and [[Avaton II]]. ({{g|TOS|Starfleet Academy: Strategic Command}})
 
Having a large supply of dilithium almost instantly promoted a planet into prominence in interplanetary politics, as other species seek trade. Some planets known for their dilithium deposits include [[Coridan III]], [[Troyius]], and [[Avaton II]]. ({{g|TOS|Starfleet Academy: Strategic Command}})
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[[file:pharos.jpg|thumb|left|Pharos, burning after its dilithium deposits were ignited by phaser fire.]]
 
[[file:pharos.jpg|thumb|left|Pharos, burning after its dilithium deposits were ignited by phaser fire.]]
In [[2254]], [[Starfleet]] engineers constructing [[Project Pharos]] on the [[Pharos siteworld]] in the [[Marrat system]] discovered huge deposits of dilithium of such purity that, had it been mined, it would not have required refining. Because Marrat was an open system, Starfleet, opted to keep the discovery a secret, concerned it could provoke a [[gold rush]], or [[war]]. Unfortunately, [[Klingon]] [[Commander]] [[Kaaj]] did find out about the discovery and attacked Pharos in response. When the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} was sent to investigate why communications had been lost with Pharos, Kaaj attacked the starship. To solve the dilemma, Captain [[Christopher Pike]] had the ''Enterprise'' fire on Pharos, igniting the entire planet in a chain reaction, and eliminating the source of conflict. ({{c|EV|The Fires of Pharos}})
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In [[2254]] [[Starfleet]] engineers constructing [[Project Pharos]] on the [[Pharos siteworld]] in the [[Marrat system]] discovered huge deposits of incredibly pure dilithium; of such purity that had it been mined it would not have required refining. Because Marrat was an open system Starfleet opted to keep the discovery a secret, concerned it could provoke a [[gold rush]], or [[war]]! Unfortunately [[Klingon]] [[Commander]] [[Kaaj]] did find out about the discovery and attacked Pharos in response. When the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} was sent to investigate why communications had been lost with Pharos Kaaj attacked the starship. To solve the dilemma Captain [[Christopher Pike]] had the ''Enterprise'' fire on Pharos, igniting the entire planet in a chain reaction, and eliminating the source of conflict. ({{c|EV|The Fires of Pharos}})
   
 
Although the planet [[Halka]] was rich in dilithium, the [[Halkan Council]] was reluctant to associate with organizations with militaristic tendencies. ({{n|TOS|{{nd|Preserver}}}})
 
Although the planet [[Halka]] was rich in dilithium, the [[Halkan Council]] was reluctant to associate with organizations with militaristic tendencies. ({{n|TOS|{{nd|Preserver}}}})
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