Imagine a planet of sand and dust sundered in half by its own tectonic pressures. Imagine its two main tectonic plates being constantly at odds with each other, its equator bisected by a massive river of mineral-rich lava separating north from south. Those who visit Torgazi should have no trouble imagining this; for it has always been the case.
The active geologic tides of Torgazi 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. Torgazi’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 Torgazi, although granite slugs have proliferated over the years after being accidentally introduced by early explorers.
Originally just a scientific curiosity, Torgazi became a prospector's molten dream when word spread of the resources available to those who the lack of sanity but have 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 Torgazi in the sprawling, heavily environmentally-conditioned corporate city of Anthron, thus allowing them to be close to their prized gem.