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Rabbittite

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Formula:
Ca
 
3
Mg
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 18H
 
2
O
System:MonoclinicColour:Pale green
Lustre:SilkyHardness:
Name:
Named by Mary E. Thompson, Alice D. Weeks, and Alexander M. Sherwood in 1954 after John "Jack" Charles Rabbitt [November 3, 1907 Butte, Montana, USA - June 10, 1957 Washington, D. C.], geochemist of the United States Geological Survey.
This page provides mineralogical data about Rabbittite.

Classification of Rabbittite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:5/F.04-30
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:5.ED.25

5 : CARBONATES (NITRATES)
E : Uranyl Carbonates
D : UO2:CO3 = 1:3
Dana 8th edition ID:16b.7.3.1

16b : HYDRATED CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
7 : Miscellaneous
Hey's CIM Ref.:11.11.14

11 : Carbonates
11 : Carbonates of Cr and U
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Type Occurrence of Rabbittite

Type Locality:Lucky Strike No. 2 mine, San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell), Emery Co., Utah, USA
Year of Discovery:1954

Physical Properties of Rabbittite

Lustre:Silky
Colour:Pale green
Hardness (Mohs):
Cleavage:Perfect

Crystallography of Rabbittite

Crystal System:Monoclinic
Cell Parameters:a = 32.6Å, b = 23.8Å, c = 9.45Å
β = 90°
Ratio:a:b:c = 1.37 : 1 : 0.397
Unit Cell Volume:V 7,332.07 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Optical Data of Rabbittite

Type:Biaxial (+)
RI values: nα = 1.502 nβ = 1.508 nγ = 1.525
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.023

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Low
Dispersion:relatively strong

Chemical Properties of Rabbittite

Formula:
Ca
 
3
Mg
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
6
(OH)
 
4
· 18H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Ca3Mg3(UO2)2(CO3)6(OH)4·18H2O
Essential elements:C, Ca, H, Mg, O, U
All elements listed in formula:C, Ca, H, Mg, O, U

Relationship of Rabbittite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
5.ED.05Bayleyite
Mg
 
2
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 18H
 
2
O
5.ED.10Swartzite
MgCa(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 12H
 
2
O
5.ED.15Albrechtschraufite
Ca
 
4
Mg(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)
 
6
F
 
2
· 17-18H
 
2
O
5.ED.20Liebigite
Ca
 
2
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 11H
 
2
O
5.ED.30Andersonite
Na
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 6H
 
2
O
5.ED.35Grimselite
K
 
3
Na(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· H
 
2
O
5.ED.40Widenmannite
Pb
 
2
(OH)
 
2
[(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
2
]
5.ED.45Znucalite
Zn
 
12
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
(OH)
 
22
· 4H
 
2
O
5.ED.50Čejkaite
Na
 
4
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
5.ED.50Agricolaite
K
 
4
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
11.11.1Stichtite
Mg
 
6
Cr
 
2
(OH)
 
16
[CO
 
3
] · 4H
 
2
O
11.11.2Rutherfordine
(UO
 
2
)CO
 
3
11.11.3Joliotite
(UO
 
2
)CO
 
3
· nH
 
2
O
11.11.4Grimselite
K
 
3
Na(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· H
 
2
O
11.11.5Bayleyite
Mg
 
2
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 18H
 
2
O
11.11.6Metazellerite
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
11.11.7Zellerite
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O
11.11.8Wyartite
CaU
5+
 
(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(CO
 
3
)O
 
4
(OH) · 7H
 
2
O
11.11.9Urancalcarite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
3
(CO
 
3
)(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
11.11.10Sharpite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
(CO
 
3
)
 
5
(OH)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
11.11.11Voglite
Ca
 
2
Cu(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
4
· 6H
 
2
O
11.11.12Andersonite
Na
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 6H
 
2
O
11.11.13Swartzite
MgCa(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
· 12H
 
2
O
11.11.15Kamotoite-(Y)
Y
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
3
O
 
4
· 14H
 
2
O
11.11.16Shabaite-(Nd)
Ca(Nd,Sm,Y)
 
2
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
4
(OH)
 
2
· 6H
 
2
O
11.11.17Astrocyanite-(Ce)
Cu
 
2
(Ce,Nd,La)
 
2
(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
5
(OH)
 
2
· 1.5H
 
2
O
11.11.18Bijvoetite-(Y)
(Y,Dy)
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
4
(CO
 
3
)
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 11H
 
2
O
11.11.19Widenmannite
Pb
 
2
(OH)
 
2
[(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
2
]
11.11.20Znucalite
Zn
 
12
Ca(UO
 
2
)(CO
 
3
)
 
3
(OH)
 
22
· 4H
 
2
O

Other Names for Rabbittite

Other Languages:
German:Rabbittit
Spanish:Rabbittita

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Rabbittite

Reference List:

- +
American Mineralogist (1955): 40: 201-206.

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  • Localities for Rabbittite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Czech Republic
     
    • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
      • Karlovy Vary Region
        • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
          • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
    Lapis 2002(7/8), 63-65
    Jeff Weisman
    Russia
     
    • Northern Caucasus Region
      • Adygea Republic (Adygeya)
    Igor V. Pekov and Anatoly Kasatkin analytical data (2011)
    USA
     
    • Utah
      • Emery Co.
        • San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell)
    UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah
    Am Min 40:201-206
      • Grand Co.
        • Yellow Cat District (W. part of Thompsons District)
    Collected by and in the collection of Brent Thorne.
      • San Juan Co.
        • White Canyon District
          • Woodenshoe Buttes
            • The Toe
              • Deer Flat
    Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah. Utah Department fo Natural Resources Bulletin 117. Jan. 1981
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