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Richetite

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Formula:
Pb(UO2)4O5 · 4H2O
System:
Triclinic
Colour:
Coffee-brown to black
Hardness:
Name:
Named after Emile Richer, Chief Geologist, Union Miniere du Haut-Katanga.
This page provides mineralogical data about Richetite.

Classification of Richetite

Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
4.GB.15

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
G : Uranyl Hydroxides
B : With additional cations (K, Ca, Ba, Pb, etc.); with mainly UO2(O,OH)5 pentagonal polyhedra
5.9.5.1

5 : OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
9 : Miscellaneous
7.16.25

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
16 : Oxides of U
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First Recorded Occurrence of Richetite

Year of Discovery:
1947

Physical Properties of Richetite

Adamantine
Diaphaneity (Transparency):
Translucent
Colour:
Coffee-brown to black
Hardness (Mohs):

Crystallography of Richetite

Crystal System:
Triclinic
Cell Parameters:
a = 20.81Å, b = 12.06Å, c = 16.3Å
α = 103.8°, β = 115.1°, γ = 90.4°
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.726 : 1 : 1.352

Optical Data of Richetite

Type:
Biaxial (-)
RI values:
nα = 1.900 nβ = 2.000 nγ = 2.000
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.100
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Very High
Dispersion:
dispersion not observed

Chemical Properties of Richetite

Formula:
Pb(UO2)4O5 · 4H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Richetite to other Species

4.GB.05AgrinieriteK2(Ca,Sr)(UO2)3O3(OH)2·5H2O
4.GB.05CompreignaciteK2(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 7H2O
4.GB.05RameauiteK2Ca(UO2)6(OH)16 · H2O
4.GB.10BecquereliteCa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 8H2O
4.GB.10BillietiteBa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 4-8H2O
4.GB.10ProtasiteBa(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2O
4.GB.20BauranoiteBa(UO2)2(OH)6 · 1-2H2O
4.GB.20Calciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb)U2O7 · 5H2O
4.GB.20Metacalciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb,K2)U2O7 · 2H2O
4.GB.25FourmarieritePb(UO2)4O3(OH)4 · 4H2O
4.GB.30Wölsendorfite(Pb,Ca)U2O7 · 2H2O
4.GB.35MasuyitePb(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2O
4.GB.40MetavandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · nH2O n < 12
4.GB.40VandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · 12H2O
4.GB.45VandenbrandeiteCu(UO2)(OH)4
4.GB.50SayritePb2(UO2)5O6(OH)2 · 4H2O
4.GB.55CuritePb3(UO2)8O8(OH)6 · 3H2O
4.GB.60Iriginite(UO2)Mo2O7 · 3H2O
4.GB.65UranosphaeriteBi(UO2)O2(OH)
4.GB.70HolfertiteCaxU6+2-xTi(O8-xOH4x) · 3H2O
7.16.1UraniniteUO2
7.16.2Schoepite(UO2)8O2(OH)12 · 12H2O
7.16.3ParaschoepiteUO3 · 2H2O
7.16.4MetaschoepiteUO3 · 1-2H2O
7.16.5MetastudtiteUO4 · 2H2O
7.16.6Studtite[(UO2)(O2)(H2O)2] · H2O
7.16.7IanthiniteU4+(UO2)5O7 · 10H2O
7.16.8CompreignaciteK2(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 7H2O
7.16.9VandenbrandeiteCu(UO2)(OH)4
7.16.10RoubaultiteCu2(UO2)3(OH)10 · 5H2O
7.16.11BecquereliteCa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 8H2O
7.16.12RameauiteK2Ca(UO2)6(OH)16 · H2O
7.16.13AgrinieriteK2(Ca,Sr)(UO2)3O3(OH)2·5H2O
7.16.14ProtasiteBa(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2O
7.16.15BillietiteBa(UO2)6O4(OH)6 · 4-8H2O
7.16.16BauranoiteBa(UO2)2(OH)6 · 1-2H2O
7.16.17Metacalciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb,K2)U2O7 · 2H2O
7.16.18Calciouranoite(Ca,Ba,Pb)U2O7 · 5H2O
7.16.19OrthobranneriteU4+U6+Ti4O12(OH)2
7.16.20Thorutite(Th,U,Ca)Ti2(O,OH)6
7.16.21Davidite-(La)(La,Ce)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)20(O,OH)38
7.16.22Davidite-(Ce)(Ce,La)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)20(O,OH)38
7.16.23Brannerite(U4+,REE,Th,Ca)(Ti,Fe3+,Nb)2(O,OH)6
7.16.24FourmarieritePb(UO2)4O3(OH)4 · 4H2O
7.16.26CuritePb3(UO2)8O8(OH)6 · 3H2O
7.16.27MasuyitePb(UO2)3O3(OH)2 · 3H2O
7.16.28VandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · 12H2O
7.16.29MetavandendriesscheitePbU7O22 · nH2O n < 12
7.16.30SayritePb2(UO2)5O6(OH)2 · 4H2O
7.16.31Wölsendorfite(Pb,Ca)U2O7 · 2H2O
7.16.32Clarkeite(Na,Ca,Pb)(UO2)O(OH) · 0-1H2O
7.16.33UranosphaeriteBi(UO2)O2(OH)

Other Names for Richetite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Richetit
Spanish:Richetita

Other Information

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

References for Richetite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1948): 33: 384.

Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (1984): 107: 581.

American Mineralogist (1985): 70: 1335.

Burns, P.C. (1998b) The structure of richetite, a rare lead uranyl oxide hydrate. Canadian Mineralogist: 36: 187-199.

Burns, P.C. (2005) U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

Internet Links for Richetite

Localities for Richetite

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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.
Australia
 
  • Queensland
    • Mount Isa - Cloncurry area
      • Cloncurry District
Williams et al 2015
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Central Bohemia Region
Pauliš P., Kopecký S., Černý P. 2007: Uranové minerály České Republiky a jejich naleziště. 1. část. (Kutna Hora, issue 1)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
Lapis 2002(7/8), 63-65
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Shinkolobwe
Bull.Soc.belge Géol.(1947) 70, B 212-226
Finland
 
  • Northern Finland Region
    • Kuusamo
Al-Ani, Thair and Pakkanen, Lassi (2013): Mini-Atlas of REE-minerals in Finnish Bedrocks. Geologian Tutkimuskeskus/Geological Survey of Finland.
France
 
  • Rhône-Alpes
    • Savoie
      • La Lauzière massif
DE ASCENCAO GUEDES R. (2000). La Lauzière : les espèces minérales, Savoie, France. Le Règne Minéral hors-série n°6, pp. 24-39. Editions du Piat.
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