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Name:Named for Mt Vorlan, near whose peak it was found.

Fluorite-type structure

Classification of Vorlanite

IMA status:Approved 2009
Dana 8th edition ID:5.3.4.

3 : AXO4·xH2O
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Type Occurrence of Vorlanite

Type Locality:Lakargi Mt., Verkhnechegemskaya caldera (Verkhni Chegem caldera; Upper Chegem caldera), Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
Geological Setting of type material:Calcareous skarn xenolith in ignimbrite.

Crystallography of Vorlanite

Crystal System:Isometric
Class (H-M):m3m (4/m 3 2/m) - Hexoctahedral
Space Group:Fm3m
Cell Parameters:a = 5.3813(2) Å
Unit Cell Volume:V 155.83 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
3.107 (100)
2.691 (30)
1.902 (63)
1.623 (54)
1.235 (24)
1.203 (16)
1.098 (22)
0.910 (18)

Chemical Properties of Vorlanite

Simplified for copy/paste:Ca(U6+)O4
Essential elements:Ca, O, U
All elements listed in formula:Ca, O, U

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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 Vorlanite

Reference List:

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Evgeny V.Galuskin1, Thomas Armbruster, Irina O. Galuskina, Biljana Lazic, Antoni Winiarski, Viktor M. Gazeev, Piotr Dzierżanowski, Aleksandr E. Z (2011): Vorlanite (CaU6+)O4 – a new mineral from the Upper Chegem caldera, Kabardino-Balkaria, Northern Caucasus, Russia. Am. Mineral. 96,188-196.

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  • Localities for Vorlanite

    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.
    • Rhineland-Palatinate
      • Eifel
        • Mayen
          • Ettringen
            • Bellerberg volcano
    EMPA data V. V. SHARYGIN (Novosibirsk, Ru)
    • Chihuahua
      • Mun. de Aldama
        • Peña Blanca District
          • Sierra Peña Blanca
    Othmane, G., Allard, T., Menguy, N., Morin, G., Esteve, I., Fayek, M., & Calas, G. (2013). Evidence for nanocrystals of vorlanite, a rare uranate mineral, in the Nopal I low-temperature uranium deposit (Sierra Peña Blanca, Mexico). American Mineralogist, 98(2-3), 518-521.
    • West Bank
      • Hatrurim Formation
    • Northern Caucasus Region
      • Kabardino-Balkarian Republic
        • Verkhnechegemskaya caldera (Verkhni Chegem caldera; Upper Chegem caldera)
    Galuskin, E. V., Armbruster, T., Galuskina, I. O., Lazic, B., Winiarski, A., Gazeev, V. M., ... & Janeczek, J. (2011). Vorlanite (CaU6+) O4—A new mineral from the Upper Chegem caldera, Kabardino-Balkaria, Northern Caucasus, Russia. American Mineralogist, 96(1), 188-196.
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