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Bauranoite

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Formula:
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 1-2H
 
2
O
Colour:Reddish brownHardness:5
Name:For Barium and Uranium in the composition.
This page provides mineralogical data about Bauranoite.

Classification of Bauranoite

IMA status:Approved
Strunz 8th edition ID:4/H.06-30
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:4.GB.20

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
Dana 8th edition ID:5.4.2.2

5 : OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
4 : AX2O7·xH2O
Hey's CIM Ref.:7.16.16

7 : Oxides and Hydroxides
16 : Oxides of U
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Type Occurrence of Bauranoite

Type Locality:Oktyabr'skoe Mo-U Deposit, Strel'tsovskoe Mo-U ore field, Krasnokamensk, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
General Appearance of Type Material:Dense, fine-grained aggregates
Geological Setting of type material:In the oxidation zone of a U-Mo deposit, replacing pitchblende and replaced by uranophane
Associated Minerals at type locality:
UranophaneUraniniteProtasiteMetacalciouranoiteCalciouranoite

Physical Properties of Bauranoite

Diaphaneity (Transparency):Translucent
Colour:Reddish brown
Hardness (Mohs):5
Hardness (Vickers):VHN100=372 - 380 kg/mm2
Density (measured):5.283 - 5.42 g/cm3
X-Ray Powder Diffraction:
d-spacingIntensity
3.09 (10)
3.41 (7)
1.98 (6)
1.948 (6)
1.908 (6)
1.723 (6)
1.667 (6)
Comments:From type description.

Optical Data of Bauranoite

Type:Biaxial (-)
RI values: nα = 1.911 - 1.916 nγ = 1.920 - 1.932
2V:Measured: 81°
Maximum Birefringence:δ = 0.009 - 0.016

Chart shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness) and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:Moderate
Dispersion:r < v

Chemical Properties of Bauranoite

Formula:
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
2
(OH)
 
6
· 1-2H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:Ba(UO2)2(OH)6·1-2H2O
Essential elements:Ba, H, O, U
All elements listed in formula:Ba, H, O, U
Analytical Data:Chemical analysis of material from the type locality
UO3 (63.74)
SiO2 (0.48)
PbO (0.53)
CaO (2.62)
BaO (21.21)
H2O (8.24)
CO2 (3.20)

sum 100.02 wt.-%
Empirical Formula:
BaO · 1.94UO
 
3
· 4H
 
2
O
Common Impurities:Ca,Pb,Si

Relationship of Bauranoite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
4.GB.05Agrinierite
K
 
2
(Ca,Sr)(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O
4.GB.05Compreignacite
K
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 7H
 
2
O
4.GB.05Rameauite
K
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
(OH)
 
16
· H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Becquerelite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 8H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Billietite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 4-8H
 
2
O
4.GB.10Protasite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.15Richetite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
5
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.20Calciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 5H
 
2
O
4.GB.20Metacalciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb,K
 
2
)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
4.GB.25Fourmarierite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
3
(OH)
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.30Wölsendorfite
(Pb,Ca)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
4.GB.35Masuyite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.40Metavandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· nH
 
2
O n < 12
4.GB.40Vandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· 12H
 
2
O
4.GB.45Vandenbrandeite
Cu(UO
 
2
)(OH)
 
4
4.GB.50Sayrite
Pb
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
4.GB.55Curite
Pb
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
8
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.60Iriginite
(UO
 
2
)Mo
 
2
O
 
7
· 3H
 
2
O
4.GB.65Uranosphaerite
Bi(UO
 
2
)O
 
2
(OH)
4.GB.70Holfertite
Ca
 
x
U
6+
2-x
Ti(O
 
8-x
OH
 
4x
) · 3H
 
2
O
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
7.16.1Uraninite
UO
 
2
7.16.2Schoepite
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
2
(OH)
 
12
· 12H
 
2
O
7.16.3Paraschoepite
UO
 
3
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.4Metaschoepite
UO
 
3
· 1-2H
 
2
O
7.16.5Metastudtite
UO
 
4
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.6Studtite
[(UO
 
2
)(O
 
2
)(H
 
2
O)
 
2
] · H
 
2
O
7.16.7Ianthinite
U
4+
 
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
7
· 10H
 
2
O
7.16.8Compreignacite
K
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 7H
 
2
O
7.16.9Vandenbrandeite
Cu(UO
 
2
)(OH)
 
4
7.16.10Roubaultite
Cu
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
3
(OH)
 
10
· 5H
 
2
O
7.16.11Becquerelite
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 8H
 
2
O
7.16.12Rameauite
K
 
2
Ca(UO
 
2
)
 
6
(OH)
 
16
· H
 
2
O
7.16.13Agrinierite
K
 
2
(Ca,Sr)(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 5H
 
2
O
7.16.14Protasite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.15Billietite
Ba(UO
 
2
)
 
6
O
 
4
(OH)
 
6
· 4-8H
 
2
O
7.16.17Metacalciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb,K
 
2
)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.18Calciouranoite
(Ca,Ba,Pb)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 5H
 
2
O
7.16.19Orthobrannerite
U
4+
 
U
6+
 
Ti
 
4
O
 
12
(OH)
 
2
7.16.20Thorutite
(Th,U,Ca)Ti
 
2
(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
(U
4+
 
,REE,Th,Ca)(Ti,Fe
3+
 
,Nb)
 
2
(O,OH)
 
6
7.16.24Fourmarierite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
3
(OH)
 
4
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.25Richetite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
4
O
 
5
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.26Curite
Pb
 
3
(UO
 
2
)
 
8
O
 
8
(OH)
 
6
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.27Masuyite
Pb(UO
 
2
)
 
3
O
 
3
(OH)
 
2
· 3H
 
2
O
7.16.28Vandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· 12H
 
2
O
7.16.29Metavandendriesscheite
PbU
 
7
O
 
22
· nH
 
2
O n < 12
7.16.30Sayrite
Pb
 
2
(UO
 
2
)
 
5
O
 
6
(OH)
 
2
· 4H
 
2
O
7.16.31Wölsendorfite
(Pb,Ca)U
 
2
O
 
7
· 2H
 
2
O
7.16.32Clarkeite
(Na,Ca,Pb)(UO
 
2
)O(OH) · 0-1H
 
2
O
7.16.33Uranosphaerite
Bi(UO
 
2
)O
 
2
(OH)

Other Names for Bauranoite

Synonyms:
IMA1971-052
Other Languages:
German:Bauranoit
Spanish:Bauranoita

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 Bauranoite

Reference List:

- +
Rogova, V. P., Belova, L. N., Kiziyarov, G. N. and Kuznetsova, N. N. (1973): Bauranoite and metacaltsuranoite [metacalciouranoite] - new minerals of the group of hydrous uranium oxides. Zap. Vses. Mineral. Obshch. 102, 75-81 (in Russian). - American Mineralogist (1973), 58, 1111 (abstract).

Anthony, J. W. et al. (1997): Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. 3, 46.

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  • Localities for Bauranoite

    (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.
    Russia
     
    • Eastern-Siberian Region
      • Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye)
        • Chitinskaya Oblast'
          • Krasnokamensk
            • Strel'tsovskoe Mo-U ore field
    Anthony, J. W. et al. (1997): Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. 3, 46; Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
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