The active geologic tides of Saunuir are constantly churning up the mineral-rich sub-surface of the planet, breaking apart special minerals found in the ore-rich magma, and releasing oxygen and nitrogen to provide a breathable, if uncomfortably hot, atmosphere. Saunuir’s harsh tectonic activity has made the planet famous, or infamous depending on galactic viewpoints, for its abundant resources. However no native life ever managed to evolve in the harsh terrain of Saunuir, although granite slugs have proliferated over the years after being accidentally introduced by early explorers.
Originally just a scientific curiosity, Saunuir became a prospector's molten dream when word spread of the resources available to those with the lack of sanity and the right equipment to harvest them. A number of private mines were started and saw little success until corporate mining, which had the resources, desire and sheer manpower, arrived on scene. Within months, mines were lining the hazardous regions on both sides of the Lava Belt pulling Duracrete, Vertex, and Varmigio by the metric ton. They were so successful that one of the galaxy's largest mining companies established their headquarters on the surface of Saunuir in the sprawling, heavily environmentally-conditioned corporate city of Anthron, thus allowing them to be close to their prize gem.